Wednesday, October 19, 2005

In these Times

The Chicago publication In these Times is one of my favorite magazines. Kurt Vonnegut is a frequent contributor.

Poverty and the Brazilification of our country has been on my mind a lot recently and this article does little to make me feel any better, but go ahead, and read it anyway.

Climate Change Needed

The notion of what makes a "good business climate" needs to be radically rethought

What's the heart of the Bush plan to revive the hurricane-shattered Gulf Coast? Cutting business taxes and workers' wages--with dollops of federal contract money to a favored few corporate cronies. But that shouldn't be surprising. Whatever the domestic problem, his solution is similar. Bush may be especially single-minded in pursuit of this strategy, but it has a long history that helps to explain why inequality has grown in the United States over the past several decades and why the quality of public life and institutions has suffered.

In The Great American Jobs Scam: Corporate Tax Dodging and the Myth of Job Creation, Greg LeRoy tells an important part of that history--how corporations use the promise of jobs (or the threat of their loss) to avoid state and local taxes, win public subsidies and fatten their bottom lines at the expense of ordinary taxpayers and crucial public services, like educating children and maintaining an efficient physical infrastructure on which businesses and everyone else rely.

In these Times


Blogger indygirl said...

That is a great site/mag, among my faves as well.

October 20, 2005  
Blogger fatrobot said...

cool site

October 20, 2005  

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