Opinions/Editorials

Groups Denounce Boeing Corporate Welfare

Dear Senator: Even as veteran observers of the Congressional appropriations process, we are shocked, and outraged, by the provision in the Defense Appropriations bill that would have the Air Force lease Boeing 767s at a price dramatically higher than the cost of direct purchase. We are writing to urge you to take to the floor…

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Judging Microsoft

The judge’s finding of facts in the Microsoft case are a devastating indictment of the company. The judge found Microsoft responsible for a litany of anticompetitive and illegal practices that have harmed consumers. The 207-page decision is a textbook on the use of monopoly power. The court found that Microsoft strong-armed personal computer makers and…

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Toughen Up the Rules of the Sky

The events were depressingly familiar. After the crash of Egyptair Flight 990, the National Transportation Safety Board rushed into action, marshaling people and equipment and spending millions of dollars to recover as much of the airplane as possible in order to find out the cause of the crash. The events were depressingly familiar. After the…

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Banking Jackpot

“All in all, I think we hit the jackpot,” President Ronald Reagan told a Rose Garden audience of congressmen and lobbyists celebrating the deregulation of the savings and loan industry on Oct. 15, 1982. Now Congress is icing down the champagne again in anticipation of the signing of a new and much more grandiose deregulation…

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Perspectives on Federal Spending: Build On, Repair What We Have

New projections of a federal budget surplus have left Washington abuzz with proposals on how the government should allocate hundreds of billions of dollars. Strikingly absent from the debate are recommendations to revitalize our commonwealth by investing in a public works program. At no time in recent history has a program to construct, rebuild or…

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Welfare For The Rich

“This is a free-market economy. Welcome to the era after communism.” So said Mayor Rudolph Giuliani in explaining his foiled plans to sell 112 community gardens to private developers — destroying urban green space that helps build community. But while Mayor Giuliani may be tough on gardeners and poor people who receive welfare, his free-market…

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Why Microsoft Must Be Stopped

Everyone who uses a computer or depends on computers has an interest in seeing Microsoft’s anticompetitive and anticonsumer practices curtailed by antitrust authorities.Microsoft’s claim that it’s defending its right to innovate is a cruel joke in an industry that sees its best innovators attacked by the company’s anticompetitive actions. Microsoft’s agenda isn’t innovation, it’s imitation,…

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Reviving America’s Democratic Tradition

While running for office, Bill Clinton said he had big plans for “fundamental change” in how our government and economy work. But as members of Congress leave Washington and return to the states it is clear that the president, his Cabinet, and his allies in Congress all fail to understand that no significant change will…

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Democratic Revolution in an Age of Autocracy

The Clinton Administration says it has big plans for “fundamental change” in the way our government and economy work. Change was certainly the mandate of the 1992 election, and the Clinton people have already set out some ambitious plans (keeping in mind, of course, that virtually any presidential leadership seems bold after four years of…

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Corporations Are Not Persons

By Ralph Nader and Carl Mayer Our Constitutional rights were intended for real persons, not artificial creations. The Framers certainly knew about corporations but chose not to mention these contrived entities in the Constitution For them, the document shielded living beings from arbitrary government and endowed them with the right to speak, assemble and petition.…

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