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Moyers: On Democracy Congress Takes a Step or Two Forward, Two Steps BackMonday 26 March 2012by: Michael Winship, Moyers & Co. | Op-Ed

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Moyers: On Democracy

Congress Takes a Step or Two Forward, Two Steps Back
Monday 26 March 2012
by: Michael Winship, Moyers & Co. | Op-Ed

Six long, weary years after New York Rep. Louise Slaughter first proposed a law to ban insider trading by members of Congress and their staffs, the Senate overwhelmingly approved the House version of the STOCK (Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge) Act and sent it down Pennsylvania Avenue for President Obama’s signature (the legislation covers the executive branch as well). The vote was 96-3. Read more

The Party People of Wall Street
Monday 30 January 2012
by: Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Truthout | Op-Ed

The last three decades have witnessed a carefully calculated heist worthy of Robert Redford and Paul Newman in “The Sting” — but on a massive scale. It was an inside job, politically engineered by Wall Street and Washington working hand-in-hand, sticky fingers with sticky fingers, to turn the legend of Robin Hood on its head – giving to the rich and taking from everybody else. Don’t take our word for it – it’s all on the record. Read more

Wall Street: The Candidiate’s Friend
Friday 27 January 2012
by Michael Winship

President Obama may talk a good populist game and even kick some corporate butt when he goes on the attack against Wall Street “fat cats.” Yet he still enjoys the company of bankers — see our “On Democracy” essay on the subject — and for all their grumbling about his policies, the investment community is coming up with significant cash for his re-election; the kind of change they believe in. Read more

America Wakes Up to the Reality: Inequality Matters
Wednesday 18 January 2012
by Bill Moyers and Michael Winship

If you’re part of the 1 percent, even getting fired comes with a cushion made of eiderdown. GMI, a research company that gets paid to keep an eye on such things, just issued a study headlined, “Twenty-One U.S. CEOs with Golden Parachutes of More than $100 Million.” That’s each. The report’s authors, Paul Hodgson and Greg Ruel, write, “These 21 CEOs walked away with almost $4 billion in combined compensation. In total, $1.7 billion in equity profits was realized by these CEOs, primarily on the exercise of time-vesting stock options and restricted stock.” Read more

Is This Land Made for You and Me – or for the Super-Rich?
Thursday 12 January 2012
by: Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Co. | Op-Ed

“Is this land made for you and me?” A mighty good question. The biggest domestic story of our time is the collapse of the middle class, a sharp increase in the poor, and the huge transfer of wealth to the already rich. … In an era of gross inequality there’s both irony and relevance in Woody Guthrie’s song. That “ribbon of highway” he made famous? It’s faded and fraying in disrepair, the nation’s infrastructure of roads and bridges, once one of our glories, now a shambles because fixing them would require spending money, raising taxes, and pulling together. Read more

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