Category Archives: Bidness

Traffic Tickets As a Regressive Tax That Targets Poor Minorities

If you haven’t heard by now, the fine city of Ferguson, MO generates one quarter of its tax revenue from traffic tickets. Here’s one awful thing–well-to-do people can buy their way out (boldface mine): Because Missouri works on a point … Continue reading

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Corruption Is A Contagion That Can Not Be Contained: The Ferguson, MO Edition

In my experience, bigoted and racist local governments are usually the most corrupt: you can’t decide that laws will be applied unequally and not have that spill over into other areas of governance. An honest government would not use traffic … Continue reading

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This Man Was Obama’s Chief of Staff: Crony Capitalism, U.S. Style

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who used to be Presidential Chief of Staff Emanuel, has a slight ethics problem (boldface mine): Months after Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said budget constraints forced him to push for pension cuts and mass school closures, … Continue reading

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School Reform and Treating Your Kids As a Commodity

One of the things that goes unsaid in the fight over education ‘reform’ is that a lot of people stand to profit by it. In and of itself, that’s not necessarily a bad thing: doing right should be rewarded with … Continue reading

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A Failure of Governance

While conservatives love to go on and on when government fails at governance, as we continue to deregulate and outsource, corporate governance–the ability of corporations to govern–by default, will become more important (boldface mine): But a far bigger nuisance is … Continue reading

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The Problem With Fighting Corporations

Madame Wev makes a very good point about some of the reaction towards the schmucks who run Hobby Lobby (boldface mine): …Shaker billerina mentioned that some people were making suggestions like filling up a cart with merchandise and then abandoning … Continue reading

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Those Who Can’t Teach…

…go into the education reform biz. It certainly pays better: Politico.com reports on some of the finances of Michelle Rhee’s StudentsFirst and StudentsFirst Institute, based on the 990 tax form that her group is required to file. During the fiscal … Continue reading

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