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Freedom to pollute   |   January 17, 2014
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest Recent news reports out of West Virginia sound like they were written as part of a parody of modern business: the company responsible for a...

 

Where healthcare's bare bones are buried   |   November 11, 2013
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest President Obama may very well have blundered in leaving out the nuances when he pledged during the Congressional deliberations over the...

 

The outsourcing customer is always wrong   |   October 25, 2013
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest The corporate executives who testified at a House hearing on the botched rollout of the federal healthcare portal apparently sprayed...

 

Corporate sponsorship of Rick Perry's partisan job piracy   |   September 20, 2013
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest "If you want to live free -- free from overtaxation, free from overlitigation, free from overregulation … move to Texas."...

 

Job actions have Wal-Mart running scared   |   July 3, 2013
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest It's déjà vu all over again at Wal-Mart. Returning to its customary practice of using intimidation to respond to demands for...

 

How taxpayers subsidize union avoidance by Wal-Mart and Nissan   |   June 10, 2013
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest Most Americans have been made to believe that they have no stake in private sector labor issues. Unions, we are told, are irrelevant to the...

 

Apologies and Apple   |   May 29, 2013
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest In 2010 Texas Rep. Joe Barton took the bizarre step of apologizing to BP for the Obama Administration's effort to get the oil giant to...

 

The other form of violence   |   April 19, 2013
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest Newscasts these days often seem to be less a form of journalism than a kind of bizarre game show for paranoids: what horrible possibility...

 

Bank of America makes 'dirty dozen' list of criminal financial institutions   |   March 28, 2013
A watchdog group has compiled a list of banking's "dirty dozen" corporate criminals, and Charlotte, N.C.-based Bank of America makes the cut. Dirt Diggers Digest, a...

 

A tale of two states and subsidy transparency   |   March 18, 2013
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest Florida and Mississippi may come close to sharing a border, but they are worlds apart in their current approach to the disclosure of economic...

 

Bank of America returns to the scene of the crime   |   January 23, 2013
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest Home buyers beware: Bank of America is returning to the home loan market. According to the Wall Street Journal, BofA is "girding for a...

 

Who pays for extreme weather?   |   November 2, 2012
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest As the northeast begins to recover from the ravages of Sandy, there are estimates that the giant storm caused some $20 billion in property...

 

Corporations are the real moochers   |   September 21, 2012
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest The firestorm over Mitt Romney's closed-door comments depicting nearly half the U.S. population as parasites is coming mainly from those...

 

We subsidized it   |   August 31, 2012
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest We Built It. The Romney campaign and the wider conservative movement believe they have a winner in a slogan designed to refute President Obama...

 

Extraction and disclosure   |   August 24, 2012
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission often behaves like a watchdog with no teeth, but it has just stood up to intense pressure from big...

 

The risks of being employed   |   August 6, 2012
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest For those out of work for an extended period, unemployment can feel like a slow death. Perhaps the only thing worse is the rapid death or...

 

Time for a new debate about business success   |   July 30, 2012
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest It’s only a few months to the presidential election, and the economy is still a mess, yet the candidates have been arguing over the...

 

ALEC staggers but will it fall?   |   June 1, 2012
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest Wal-Mart's decision to drop its membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council is a milestone in the remarkable effort to drive...

 

Banking on Boeing   |   May 21, 2012
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest Recent passage of a piece of federal legislation on a broadly bipartisan basis was considered unusual enough for the Washington Post to treat...

 

Wal-Mart and Watergate   |   April 27, 2012
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest Wal-Mart has been probably been accused of more types of misconduct than any other large corporation. The latest additions to the list are...