Robert Weissman

Robert Weissman

Robert Weissman is the president of Public Citizen. Weissman was formerly director of Essential Action, editor of Multinational Monitor, a magazine that tracks corporate actions worldwide, and a public interest attorney at the Center for Study of Responsive Law. He was a leader in organizing the 2000 IMF and World Bank protests in D.C. and helped make HIV drugs available to the developing world.

 

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Saturday, December 20, 2008
Auto Bailout: Ecological Sustainability Before Economic Viability
Thank you, George Bush. The federal government is finally acting to protect the auto industry from failure. The $17.4 billion in loans for GM and Chrysler is not going to be enough to rescue the industry -- but it will keep these companies going until the next administration takes office. The Big Three will be back for more money soon, and Congress and the Obama administration will have an opportunity to structure an appropriate bailout package.
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Saturday, December 13, 2008
The Nasty Class and Anti-Union Bias of Auto Bailout Opposition
Nancy Pelosi says the Congressional Republicans are playing Russian Roulette with the economy by refusing to agree to an auto industry bailout. But for that metaphor to work, you have to add that they've loaded the gun with six bullets.
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Friday, September 26, 2008
Getting Wall Street Pay Reform Right
There's mounting talk on Capitol Hill that a Wall Street bailout will include some limits on executive compensation, as well as contradictory reports about whether a deal on controlling executive pay has already been reached. Four days ago, such a move seemed very unlikely. But the pushback from Congress -- from both Democrats and Republicans -- has been surprisingly robust, thanks in considerable part to a surge of outrage from the public. Will restrictions on CEO pay just be a symbolic retribution, as some have charged? The answer is, it depends.
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Thursday, May 29, 2008
What to Do About the Price of Oil
Is Big Oil ripping off consumers? Are Wall Street speculators manipulating oil markets? What should be done? Whether or not Big Oil is improperly restricting refinery capacity, whether or not Wall Street traders are driving up the traded price of oil to heights completely disconnected from supply-and-demand fundamentals, a few things are clear about gas prices -- and so is the most appropriate, immediate policy response.
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Saturday, September 30, 2006
HP and The Privacy Erosion
It's hard not to be mesmerized by the bubbling scandal at Hewlett-Packard. Former chair of the board Patricia Dunn had the company hire private detectives to track down who on the company's board was leaking information. Those detectives used "pretexting" -- employing a false identity -- to obtain...
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Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Dr. Gottlieb is Not Happy
It was an uncomfortable moment. There they sat -- next to each other. Dr. Steven Nissen, chair of the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. And Dr. Scott Gottlieb, deputy commissioner for Medical and Scientific Affairs at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)...
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Friday, June 16, 2006
Corporate Democrats
If you wonder why things never change in Washington, look no further than a report released yesterday by Russ Baker's Real News Project ( www.realnews.org ). The report documents 25 corporate Democrats -- corporate consultants with strong ties to the Democratic Party leadership inside the beltway...
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Tuesday, October 25, 2005
The Business Climate Hoax
President Bush just can't leave bad enough alone. With the Gulf Coast physically battered by Hurricane Katrina, the president's reconstruction plan is on track to do further harm to a region that was poor and maldeveloped even before the hurricane struck. The core of his proposal is the creation of...
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Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Dr. Matt is Agitated
Dr. Matt Hahn is agitated. Steamed. Hot under the collar. People around him are fat. Out of shape. Blubbery. And drug reps keep bringing junk food into his office. Pizza with a ton of cheese. Cookies. Crap. Dr. Matt gripes about it. He pushes back at the drug reps. But they keep coming. Junk food...
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Saturday, July 16, 2005
An Unreasonable Woman
Diane Wilson is a shrimper. And a fighter. For 15 years, she has been fighting Formosa Plastics' giant polyvinyl chloride facility on the Texas Gulf Coast between Galveston and Corpus Christi. Trying to toilet train the giant Taiwan-based petrochemical plant. A company whose pollution threatens...
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