Bill Knight

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Bill Knight - August 23
9:54 am
Wed August 22, 2012

The Very Expensive LIBOR Scandal

Bill Knight

All summer, the press has occasionally covered the “LIBOR Scandal,” but many stories have been a lot of “inside-baseball”-style financial confusion. Actually, the situation affects working people much more than has been noted.

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Bill Knight - August 16
10:59 am
Wed August 15, 2012

The Wide-Ranging Impact of the US Farm Bill

Bill Knight

There’s more than one drought choking the country. On Capitol Hill, there’s a drought of ideas – and compassion – about farmers, rural America and the needy.

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Bill Knight - August 9
11:25 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Plenty of Blame to Go Around for the Jobless Rate

Bill Knight

As tempting as it is to blame a U.S. President for insufficient job growth – whether Barack Obama or George W. Bush – jobs come from employers, not politicians. Sure, White House leadership is important, ideas from the executive branch should spur government action to help businesses hire, and a president sets an administration’s tone. But presidents can’t exclusively take the blame – or the credit – for jobs.

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Bill Knight - August 2
12:20 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

The Second Bill of Rights

Bill Knight

As preparations are finalized for the Democratic and GOP National Conventions, some labor unions and their progressive allies have decided to host a rallying event of their own in Philadelphia to “refocus the national political debate on economic opportunity and middle class rights.”

That’s news to too many Americans.

A “Workers Stand for America” rally is scheduled to occur next Saturday, August 11, when working people from all walks of life, union and non-union alike, will come together to have their voices heard during the election campaign.

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Bill Knight - July 26
6:43 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Fracking Laws Needed in Illinois

Bill Knight

Illinois’ legislature last session failed to pass a law addressing fracking (hydraulic fracturing), and the result may be less that the state dodged a bullet and more that Illinoisans got a blindfold before the order to fire.

The House’s last-day attempt to impose a two-year moratorium and a tax on fracking scuttled SB3280, which in May sought to create fracking regulations where none exist (the Energy Policy Act of 2005 exempts it from the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, and other federal environmental regulations). The state Senate unanimously approved the measure in April.

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