At Congress.gov, it’s possible to carry out a boolean search of the Congressional Record and proposed legislation to get a sense of both the rhetoric of speeches and the priorities for action in the U.S. Congress. The following figures represent legislation in most recently completed 112th Congress:
# of pieces of legislation before the Congress [...]
As Brendan Kiley notes, McDonalds has created a special budgeting guide for its employees. Here’s just one page from the guide:
Kiley has noticed that there isn’t any spot for food in McDonalds’ sample budget for its employees, that heat won’t be a necessity either, but that a second job will be necessary. Why? [...]
On Wednesday, Republicans in the Senate voted to double undergraduate student loan interest rates from 3.4% to 6.8%, making it more difficult for people to lift themselves out of economic struggle by earning a college degree.
One of the transformations associated with earning a college degree is decreased dependence on government services like SNAP, the [...]
51 members of the United States Senate voted yesterday for S.1238, a bill to keep the interest rate for undergraduate loans at an annual rate of 3.4% rather than double the student loan rate to 6.8% per year. That’s a bare majority in favor of keeping a university education more affordable for Americans. Low student [...]
Jackie Speier introduced an amendment to H.R. 2609 that would have saved money by taking 30 million dollars in extra government payments to oil, gas, and coal corporations. [...]
Stop buying your clothes at Walmart, Target, J.C. Penney, The Gap, and Sears.
In the face of a massive factory disaster that has killed more than eleven hundred Bangladeshi garment workers this year, these corporate apparel chains have refused to sign on to the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh that would create [...]
The bloop was merely the sound caused by the an increasingly-frequent event of a big chunk of ice breaking free from the Antarctic shelf. [...]
Need a reason to boycott Walmart? How about this: the corporation has fired 11 of its workers for organizing fellow workers to advocate for better pay and working conditions — a legally-protected activity. Dozens more have been punished by Walmart without losing their jobs.
Is that not enough? Do you need another reason to boycott [...]
A list of the U.S. Senators who support creating a special tax-free zone for the children of millionaires and billionaires, while those of us who work continue to have to pay taxes. [...]
By what criteria could we define a heartless politician?
There’s a great deal of moral room between the points of callousness, corruption and cruelty, but I would like to think that most Americans would agree that a politician who…
First votes to protect government payments to keep tobacco farmers in business, and Second votes to [...]
Putting hardly-paid kids through a garment fire so you can wear those 70s retro socks just isn’t worth it.
Fortunately, you don’t have to make that choice. As I mentioned back in 2010, Skater Socks makes those stripey tube socks in all kinds of colors right here in the USA, so you know that your [...]