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Coal and Coal Jobs Are Not Coming Back

April 24, 2017
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Coal and Coal Jobs Are Not Coming Back

Is it important to believe that the president is sincere? Or to think that what he says makes common sense?

President Trump signed a law that let coal mines again dump waste into the water supply. It was a public …

Slavery in Sorting Italian Grapes for Wine

April 13, 2017
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Slavery in Sorting Italian Grapes for Wine

No doubt, Italian wine is good. The story behind that bottle may not be so good. In fact, it is a tale of modern slavery.

The job is picking and sorting grapes. Women do it. Sometimes they do it for …

The H-1B Visa: Good Idea or Scam?

April 5, 2017
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The H-1B Visa: Good Idea or Scam?

What starts off as a good idea can become an industry. The H-1B visa program is one such good idea that has become an industry.

The program started in 1990. The reason for it was a shortage of skilled workers …

Race in America: White Privilege – White Despair

March 24, 2017
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Race in America: White Privilege – White Despair

In parts of the Middle East and Africa, life is cheap. Violence and hunger strike down hundreds of thousands every year. At the same time, thousands seek a new life because they have the will to live.

Life is much …

You may not need an army

China Out to Rule the World – With Influence and Money

March 23, 2017
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China Out to Rule the World – With Influence and Money

Influence in Australia

Australia is a long-time friend of the United States. America may not be the friend to Australia in the years ahead that it has been in the past. Some experts in Australia say the future is China. …

China Going to Market — The U.S.A.

March 22, 2017
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China Going to Market — The U.S.A.

President Trump has it all wrong. It is true that big companies care about tariffs. But tariffs are matters of politics.  Lowering trade barriers is a trend across the world.

Big companies know a lot about their own businesses. They …

Republican Health Care for Lower-Income People

March 10, 2017
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Republican Health Care for Lower-Income People

The Medicaid program pays for health care for poor people in every state. Federal and state governments pay for the program.

The Affordable Care Act

(ACA, Obamacare) expanded the Medicaid program. It made more people eligible for the program. Medicaid …

How to Keep Wages Low — American Style

March 1, 2017
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How to Keep Wages Low — American Style

Workers just do not seem to be able to make enough money. There are reasons. Moving factories across the border is just one of them.

Another is outsourcing jobs. Not outsourcing to Mexico but inside the United States. Hundreds of …

New Workers Reviving Old Cities, and Yes, They are Refugees

February 23, 2017
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New Workers Reviving Old Cities, and Yes, They are Refugees

Upstate New York was going downhill. The plants were closing. Too many houses were vacant. Two large upstate cities, Buffalo and Rochester, were suffering.

Refugees knew a good thing when they saw the upstate cities. Housing was cheap. They saw …

Texas Oil Fields Booming, Jobs Not So Much

February 22, 2017
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Texas Oil Fields Booming, Jobs Not So Much

Texas oil fields were going through hard times. Prices were dropping; production was dropping. Thousands of workers lost their jobs.

Now oil production is coming back. The workers are not.

Lower prices forced oil producers to find new ways to …

Features

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News on Skin Cancer

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