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Making Parents Irrelevant

STEP BACK FOR a moment and contemplate what corporate hucksters are doing to American childhood. Bypassing the parents, these companies brazenly market directly to children, starting at age two. These marketeers (with the advice of the child psychologists on their payroll) wrap these youngsters in a commercial cocoon for an average of 30 hours a…

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HR 10 Takes Away Privacy

Privacy is high on the list of rights Americans cherish. Now, the right to our privacy — like many of those rights we take for granted — is at risk. Federal agencies, led by the Federal Reserve Board, have proposed a “Know Your Customer” regulation that would require banks to monitor their customers’ accounts, presumably…

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Privitizing Social Security a Mistake

Social Security places government in one of its noblest roles: as an institution that offers a bedrock financial guarantee to all members of society that they need not fear the financial consequences of growing old or disabled. That’s quite the opposite of the U.S. government’s all too familiar role as a provider of corporate welfare,…

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Repealing the Gas Tax

Desperately seeking to find an issue that puts President Clinton on the defensive, Senator Robert Dole wants to repeal the 4.3-cent-a-gallon gasoline tax that was enacted in 1993. Desperately determined never to let his Republican opponent outflank him from the right, Mr. Clinton is willing to go along — kinda that is. This is what…

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Bailout of Mexico

Did you ever wonder whether there are any constitutional limitations on the use of your tax dollars, other than to observe the separation of church and state? Well, President Clinton just brazenly decided that even Congress is not needed in applying $20 billion of your dollars to bailout the corrupt Mexican government, its billionaire oligarchs…

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Harry Chapin

It would have been folk singer, Harry Chapin’s forty fifth birthday on December 7, 1987. But a tragic car-truck collision on the Long Island Expressway in 1981 ended this young artist -­citizen’s supercharged drive to end the specter of Hunger on Earth. Chapin’s legacy is growing rapidly and the reasons are not obscure. Among artists,…

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Choices Wherever You Look

The college teacher was scanning the financial pages of his newspaper. “It’s enough to drive you bananas.” He was utterly befuddled by the different interest rate and financial service combinations being offered by the banks, money market funds, savings and loans and brokerage houses which are making newspapers richer with their large space ads. “How…

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Ridding the Schools of High Sugar, Low-Nutrition “Food”

The Dallas school trustees voted 7-1 the other day to bar sugar-rich or zero-nutrition foods and drinks from school vending machines. The move could spark similar decisions across the country, which is why the $5 billion vending machine industry is watching closely. Trustee Nancy Judy was the persuasive mover behind the board’s decision to provide…

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The Timid Foundations–Reluctance to Study Corporate Behavior

WASHINGTON–Are Foundations reluctant to support studies of corporate behavior or the concentration of wealth in the econ­omy? Figures recently available from The Foundation Center underscore a resounding “yes” to this question. For the period 1972 and 1973, the Center reports that out of 18,700 grants, only 34 grants came under the heading of “economic studies.”…

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Withering Heights

WASHINGTON– When a group of Republicans, Democrats and White House lobbyists piled up behind Senator James Allen’s (D. Ala.) filibuster to defeat the Presidential campaign finance reform amendment this month, they made clear to the voters that it will take more than the massive Watergate corruption of big money in politics to get big money…

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