On a crisp autumn day in 2012, I joined a group of pastors and community leaders from the Illinois-Indiana Regional Organizing Network (IIRON) at a church on the south side of Chicago. We talked about the way corporations and the wealthy systematically hoarded political power over the last forty years to make our country work […]Read more "To Build a New Economy, a New Government Comes First"
Two corporate tax transparency bills, in Chicago and in Springfield, are picking up steam. Illinois Speaker Michael Madigan even chided rich corporations for demanding handouts when they contribute “little or nothing to help fund the very services from which they benefit significantly.” This makes the foes of corporate tax transparency nervous. In a Crain’s opinion […]Read more "Debunking the myths about corporate tax transparency"
Today, Vice President Joe Biden held a fundraiser for Sen. Durbin’s 2014 re-election campaign. I wasn’t there and most likely you weren’t either. The “cheap seats” cost $2,500, but tickets ran up to $37,600. I have a pretty good idea, though, of who did attend. For CEOs at places like Citibank or CME Group, the […]Read more "Durbin should call for Social Security expansion"
By Jamie Merchant and Jacob Swenson Sandy Hook. Columbine. Aurora. Tucson. Fort Hood. These names ring out in popular memory as the sites of seemingly random, horrific atrocities. Mass violence and how we can address it has become a hot-button issue and for good reason. Last week, between October 26thand November 1st, there were five […]Read more "Shooting Ourselves: Mass Killings, Austerity, and the Breakdown of American Society"
Recently, the tragic story of Margaret Mary Vojtko, a longtime contingent faculty member at Duquesne University who died after suffering a heart attack, went viral. Although she had taught at Duquesne for 25 years, it was reported that Vojtko died nearly penniless and without health benefits: she had spent years working as an adjunct professor […]Read more "Unethical Academia: The Next Front for Low-Wage Worker Uprising?"
President Obama’s administration has largely been a disappointment, not only to his liberal critics, but also to the President himself. During his tenure, Republicans have manufactured a series of crises to extract significant concessions from him. Yet, they want more, despite the fact that the Senate’s bill to fund the government is just 2% larger […]Read more "President Obama Must Go All In"
We pay our taxes. As a matter of fact, we feel proud when we pay them. When our families and businesses pay their taxes and when members of our churches and unions pay them, we view it as an investment in the schools that educate our children and train our employees, the roads on which […]Read more "Why do Two-Thirds of Corporations Fail to Pay State Taxes?"