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FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 27: Shoppers Jeri Hull (L) and Karen Brashear (R) wait in line while shopping at Toys'R'Us during the Black Friday sales event on November 27, 2009 in Fort Worth, Texas. Toys'R'Us stores nationwide opened at midnight Thursday, November 26, providing shoppers access to its Black Friday deals five hours earlier than ever before. According to the National Retail Federation, a trade organization, as many as 134 million people, 4.7% more than last year, will shop this Friday, Saturday or Sunday. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 27: Shoppers Jeri Hull (L) and Karen Brashear (R) wait in line while shopping at Toys'R'Us during the Black Friday sales event on November 27, 2009 in Fort Worth, Texas. Toys'R'Us stores nationwide opened at midnight Thursday, November 26, providing shoppers access to its Black Friday deals five hours earlier than ever before. According to the National Retail Federation, a trade organization, as many as 134 million people, 4.7% more than last year, will shop this Friday, Saturday or Sunday. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Friday Fun Facts About “Black Friday”

I don’t know about you but watching two middle aged women fighting over the last sale item says Merry Christmas to me.

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HOUSTON - MAY 25: Former Enron CEO Jeff Skilling (L) comments outside the Bob Casey U.S. Courthouse with his attorney Daniel Petrocelli (R) after the end of his fraud and conspiracy trial May 25, 2006 in Houston. After 16 weeks of testimony and six days of deliberation, the jury found Skilling guilty on 19 of 28 counts. Lay was found guilty on all counts. (Photo by Dave Einsel/Getty Images)
HOUSTON - MAY 25: Former Enron CEO Jeff Skilling (L) comments outside the Bob Casey U.S. Courthouse with his attorney Daniel Petrocelli (R) after the end of his fraud and conspiracy trial May 25, 2006 in Houston. After 16 weeks of testimony and six days of deliberation, the jury found Skilling guilty on 19 of 28 counts. Lay was found guilty on all counts. (Photo by Dave Einsel/Getty Images)
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Are Corporations’ People? If So, Who Are They?

Two recent Supreme Court decisions have given some people the idea that corporations are people. That’s sort of half true and half false.

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 28: People enter Macy's Herald Square as the store opens its doors at 8 pm Thanksgiving day on November 28, 2013 in New York City. Black Friday shopping began early again this year with most major retailers opening their doors on Thanksgiving day. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 28: People enter Macy's Herald Square as the store opens its doors at 8 pm Thanksgiving day on November 28, 2013 in New York City. Black Friday shopping began early again this year with most major retailers opening their doors on Thanksgiving day. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
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Should Retail Stores Close on Thanksgiving?

Is it really fair for “big box stores” to force employees to skip the traditional family get together to make some greedy CEO a little richer?

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MISSION, TX - JULY 24:  Undocumented immigrants on July 24, 2014 in Mission, Texas. Tens of thousands of immigrants, many of them minors, have crossed illegally into the United States this year, causing a humanitarian crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border. Texas Governor Rick Perry announced that he will send 1,000 National Guard troops to help stem the flow.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
MISSION, TX - JULY 24: Undocumented immigrants on July 24, 2014 in Mission, Texas. Tens of thousands of immigrants, many of them minors, have crossed illegally into the United States this year, causing a humanitarian crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border. Texas Governor Rick Perry announced that he will send 1,000 National Guard troops to help stem the flow. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
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America – The Land of the “FREE?”

Is America truly the “land of the free and the home of the brave?” If the numbers of people who want to come and live in the US is any indication — yes.

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HAMBURG, GERMANY - DECEMBER 09: A woman checks out the offerings of a jeweler on December 9, 2013 in Hamburg, Germany. According to a recent study people in Germany will spend over EUR 70 billion this Christmas season on gifts, food, travel and decorations, of which they will spend EUR 10 billion online. (Photo by Philipp Guelland/Getty Images)
HAMBURG, GERMANY - DECEMBER 09: A woman checks out the offerings of a jeweler on December 9, 2013 in Hamburg, Germany. According to a recent study people in Germany will spend over EUR 70 billion this Christmas season on gifts, food, travel and decorations, of which they will spend EUR 10 billion online. (Photo by Philipp Guelland/Getty Images)
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Too Much Month — Not Enough Money

Money can produce more money without you doing anything. It’s really an amazing thing.

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A shopper pays cash for sales merchandise December 26, 2000 at the Lakeline Mall in Austin, Texas. Stores were hoping that after Christmas shopping could salvage what seems to be a disappointing holiday season. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Newsmakers / Getty Images)
A shopper pays cash for sales merchandise December 26, 2000 at the Lakeline Mall in Austin, Texas. Stores were hoping that after Christmas shopping could salvage what seems to be a disappointing holiday season. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Newsmakers / Getty Images)
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What Is Money?

I remember thinking to myself, “Is nine dollars a good price for two pretty good sized jars of peanut butter?”

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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 13: Atmospheric physicist and Columbia University Earth Institute adjunct professor James Hansen testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during a hearing about the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill March 13, 2014 in Washington, DC. The committee heard testimony from proponents and opponents of the pipeline, which would carry tar sands oil from Canada to the United States for production and refinery. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 13: Atmospheric physicist and Columbia University Earth Institute adjunct professor James Hansen testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during a hearing about the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill March 13, 2014 in Washington, DC. The committee heard testimony from proponents and opponents of the pipeline, which would carry tar sands oil from Canada to the United States for production and refinery. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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What Does The Keystone Pipeline Mean To Montana?

The Keystone Pipeline being proposed will be the safest pipeline ever constructed in the US...

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MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 13: Hisham Uadadeh walks out of Leading Insurance Agency after enrolling in a health insurance plan under the Affordable Care Act on February 13, 2014 in Miami, Florida. Numbers released by the government showed that about 3.3 million people signed up for health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act through the end of January. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 13: Hisham Uadadeh walks out of Leading Insurance Agency after enrolling in a health insurance plan under the Affordable Care Act on February 13, 2014 in Miami, Florida. Numbers released by the government showed that about 3.3 million people signed up for health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act through the end of January. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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How’s That Affordable Care Act Working Out For You?

People confuse “Healthcare” and “Health Insurance.” The Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare” as some people refer to it, is insurance — not healthcare.

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 19: A McDonald's employee prepares an order during a one-day hiring event at a McDonald's restaurant on April 19, 2011 in San Francisco, California. Hundreds of job seekers filled out applications and were interviewed at a San Francisco McDonald's restaurant during a one-day nationwide event at the chain as they look to fill 50,000 positions at stores nationwide. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 19: A McDonald's employee prepares an order during a one-day hiring event at a McDonald's restaurant on April 19, 2011 in San Francisco, California. Hundreds of job seekers filled out applications and were interviewed at a San Francisco McDonald's restaurant during a one-day nationwide event at the chain as they look to fill 50,000 positions at stores nationwide. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Where Did 15¢ Hamburgers Go?

People use “the value of the dollar” as a justification of higher prices. “A dollar just doesn’t buy what it used to,” they opine. But is that really true?

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SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 22: A South Korean banker carries US dollar bank notes at the Korea Exchange bank on February 22, 2005 in Seoul, South Korea. The South Korean won jumped to its highest intraday level in more than seven years in domestic trade on Tuesday, boosted by strong foreign equity buying and exporter deals. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 22: A South Korean banker carries US dollar bank notes at the Korea Exchange bank on February 22, 2005 in Seoul, South Korea. The South Korean won jumped to its highest intraday level in more than seven years in domestic trade on Tuesday, boosted by strong foreign equity buying and exporter deals. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
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The Rich Get Richer; While The Poor Get Poorer? How?

If the poor have no money to buy from the rich, greedy, scummy, deceitful, dishonest, slave driving, low paying, no benefits, CEO’s how do the rich get richer?

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