Ralph Nader

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Congress must hold informative and investigative public hearings to inform the media and to alert and empower the people. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Demand Critical Congressional Hearings—Long Overdue, Avoided or Blocked
Earlier this month I wrote a column listing twelve major redirections or reforms that most people want for our country (see: “It’s Your Congress, People!” Make it work for you! ). All of which require action by Congress—the gate-keeper. Now Congress must hold informative and investigative public...
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John "Jack" Bogle Sr., founder of Vanguard Group Views
Sunday, January 27, 2019
John C. Bogle: Renaissance Money Manager for the People and More
The accolades were uniformly respectful for the honest, innovative, and unyielding defender of shareholder/investor rights – the late John C. Bogle – the founder of the now giant Vanguard Group of mutual funds. Writers took note of his pioneering low-cost, low-fee investing and mutual funds tied to...
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Barr was also George H.W. Bush’s Attorney General and has been a long-time defender of executive branch lawlessness. (Photo: AP) Views
Thursday, January 17, 2019
Bar Barr or Regret this Dictatorial Attorney General
Many Senate Democrats are throwing in the towel on the nomination of William Barr for Trump’s Attorney General (a prospect assured by Senate minority leader, Chuck Schumer, declaring his personal vote against Barr). Let’s ask why? One would think that Senate Democrats would be appalled at Barr’s...
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Five hundred citizens clearly signing a petition will get a Senator to attend; considerably fewer names a U.S. Representative.(Photo: Architect of the Capitol) Views
Thursday, January 03, 2019
It’s Your Congress, People! Make It Work for You!
Congress is the Constitutionally delegated repository of the sovereign authority of the people (the Constitution which starts with “We the People,” not “We the Congress!”). Most of the changes, reforms, and improvements desired by a majority of people have to go through Congress. Incentives for...
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In Canada, the health care system contributes to social solidarity and national pride.(Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, December 26, 2018
25 Ways the Canadian Health Care System Is Better Than Obamacare
Dear America: Costly complexity is baked into Obamacare. No health insurance system is without problems but Canadian-style single-payer— full Medicare for all— is simple, affordable, comprehensive and universal. In the early 1960s, President Lyndon Johnson enrolled 20 million elderly Americans into...
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Incoming members of the U.S. House of Representatives on Capitol Hill on November 14. (Photo: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque) Views
Friday, December 14, 2018
Are the New Congressional Progressives Real? Use These Yardsticks to Find Out
In November, about 25 progressive Democrats were newly elected to the House of Representatives. How do the citizen groups know whether they are for real or for rhetoric? I suggest this civic yard stick to measure the determination and effectiveness of these members of the House both inside the...
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Calls to Senators or Representatives or their top staff are often ignored if you are not a campaign contributor. (Photo: Architect of the Capitol) Views
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
First Step Post-Election – Open Up the Closed, Secretive Congress
Following the mid-term elections, progressive citizen groups have to advance an agenda that makes Congress work for all Americans. The first step, however, is to acknowledge that Capitol Hill has walled itself off from the people, on behalf of corporate autocrats. Currently, Congress is open for...
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Wednesday, November 21, 2018
If It Takes the Rats to Wake Up Us and Congress, Bring Them On!
Let’s get down to the all-important matter of Congressional performance. No matter how pollsters ask the question – “do you approve of Congress…?” or “do you have confidence in Congress…? – less than twenty percent of people respond positively. Four out of five Americans disapprove of what Congress...
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More recently, Republican extremists and the media have usurped the word “populist” to misuse it as a pretext to “divide and rule,” while the corporatists laugh all the way to the megabanks that are “too big to fail.” (Photo: Tom LeGrow/cc/flickr) Views
Thursday, November 15, 2018
The War Over Words: Republicans Easily Defeat the Democrats
The Republican Party lost ground in the Congressional and state elections earlier this month, but they continue to triumph in the all-important contests over words. Republicans have been winning the “war over words” for years. First, the hard core political right wingers symbolically claimed the...
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Monday, November 05, 2018
Don’t be Flattered, Fooled and Flummoxed in Tomorrow’s Election
Let’s face it. Most politicians use the mass media to obfuscate. Voters who don’t do their homework, who don’t study records of the politicians, and who can’t separate the words from the deeds will easily fall into traps laid by wily politicians. In 2002, Connecticut Governor John Rowland was...
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