Ralph Nader

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 "Shaping up or shipping out your members of Congress can be our great national civic hobby," Nader writes. (Photo: Daniel Mennerich/flickr/cc) Views
Saturday, August 13, 2016
Congress: AWOL and Out of Control
Taken as whole, with exceptions, the American people have the strangest attitude toward the Congress. Our national legislature spends nearly a quarter of our income and affects us one way or another every day of the year. Yet too many people withdraw in disgust instead of making Congress...
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Saturday, August 06, 2016
Wake Up: These Unneeded Instruments Can Wreak Mass Destruction
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has recently advanced a clean energy plan which mandates that New York transition half of its energy needs to renewables by 2030. By regressive contrast, New York’s Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved enormous subsidies for three aging nuclear power plants―...
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Saturday, July 30, 2016
Hillary's Convention Con
The 2016 Democratic Convention in Philadelphia was a multi-layered, raucous display of political theater. A host of delegates loyal to Senator Bernie Sanders were inside in large numbers exclaiming “No more war” during former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta's speech and raising all kinds of...
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Monday, July 11, 2016
Vanishing the People’s Wealth to Make the Bosses Richer
Imagine you are a shareholder in a big company and the top executives are sitting on huge amounts of cash and are not interested in putting it to work through productive capital investments, research and development, reducing company debt or paying employees a higher wage. What would you want done...
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Saturday, July 02, 2016
How Unpatriotic Is Donald Trump?
Samuel Johnson famously considered patriotism “the last refuge of a scoundrel.” His biographer James Boswell, who passed along that judgment, clarified that Johnson “did not mean a real and generous love for our country, but that pretended patriotism which so many, in all ages and countries, have...
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Sunday, June 26, 2016
The IRS and the Self-Minimization of Congressman Jason Chaffetz
Politicians who limit the effectiveness of government agencies for short-term political advantages cheat taxpayers and short-change the government. I first met Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), a brash young Republican, at a gathering of EPIC (Electronic Privacy Information Center), which...
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Monday, June 20, 2016
The Issues the Candidates Aren’t Talking About
With all the ink, time, and opining devoted to the 2016 presidential primaries and the run-up to the party conventions in July, one might wonder why so few proposals for major reforms and redirections for our country are on the political table. Thanks to Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, some issues...
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Saturday, June 18, 2016
Commercializing Elections to Destroy Our Democracy
Our political economy – a wonderfully embracing phrase much used a century ago – has three main components: The electoral/governmental powers, the marketplace, and the civil society, which is composed of we the citizens. It is well known that when “we the people” get lax about our consumer rights...
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Thursday, June 02, 2016
Cheating Donald
Donald Trump brags about “branding” his political opponents. He repeatedly has called Marco Rubio “Little Marco,” Ted Cruz “Lyin’ Ted,” and Hillary Clinton, “Crooked Hillary.” Repetition makes these epithets stick – a lesson Trump has drawn from the advertising world and his own fragile ego...
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Saturday, May 28, 2016
The Funny Business of Farm Credit
In May of 1998 we held a conference dedicated to two Government-sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) – Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. In my statement to that assembly, I noted that both corporations had been enjoying good times, but cautioned that one of the unintended consequences of fat profits over a long...
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