Perhaps some of the lawmakers who support legislation to pauperize their middle-class constituents have good intentions. Maybe they really do believe that cutting government workers’ pay or busting unions or cutting funds for education will result in a stronger economy. But it’s hard to see how anyone can justify returning to the days when children as young as 5 worked long hours in atrocious conditions, when the vast majority of children had no schooling, when child miners were kicked by foremen and when children lost their fingers, their limbs and their lives in dangerous factories.
If you live near one of the major U.S. ports, you and your family are probably paying the price for all the goods we import from overseas: filthy air and nearby pockets of poverty resulting from the exploitation of port drivers.
Two million Americans could lose their unemployment benefits next month if Congress doesn’t act quickly. This would be a disaster for families who will have no money for food, rent, gas or clothing. It would also create hardship for half a million people who could lose their jobs because economic activity will decline. The Economic Policy [...]
There’s PVC and even lead — still! — in toys that feature beloved children characters like Dora the Explorer, Spongebob Squarepants and Mickey Mouse. And despite its promise two years ago to clean up its toys, giant retailer Toys R Us is still selling plenty of toxic toys. The Center for Health, Environment & Justice, [...]