The Free Speech Movement
4. Appendix IV: Chronology of the Free Speech Movement within the Larger Context of Surrounding Historical Events
October 2, 1946: At a medical symposium at the University of Buffalo, Dr. William Rienkoff announces a possible link between cigarette smoking and cancer.
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"Free Enterprise", "Liberty", "Personal Responsibility" — same age old recipe for bilking the public
The Great Reversal: How America Gave Up on Free Markets The lack of competition is explained largely by policy choices, influenced by lobbying and campaign finance contributions...[A]cross time, state, and industries, corporate lobbying and campaign finance contributions lead to barriers to entry and regulations that protect large incumbents
Schemes & Scams
Walmart links credit card rewards to in-store discounts
What this Chain Store Age: The Business of Retail article does NOT disclose, is that Walmart is CHARGING customers to redeem their reward points at checkout. Before a self-checkout Walmart transaction closes, customers must choose whether to apply $10.00 of their rewards points towards their purchase or decline doing so. If accepting rewards application, they will be charged 25% extra in rewards points for the privilege of using their rewards points at Walmart.
IOW Walmart is STEALING from customers under the guise of offering them a "service".
Credit card law would give big-box stores payday at community's expense
To understand the harm CCCA is going to cause, we can look back about 13 years ago when a similar debit card policy passed. In 2010, a near-identical policy called the Durbin Amendment succeeded in bringing routing mandates to the debit card market. Routing mandates helped drive down interchange rates (the rates merchants pay to process electronic transactions) so that retailers could save money. Big-box stores saw immediately lower interchange rates and have since raked in $106 billion in extra revenue.
The policy is responsible for redistributing more than $23 billion directly from consumers to retailers like Target and Walmart over the last decade. That’s because, first and foremost, big-box stores hoarded their savings instead of using them to lower prices, and consumers got nothing. A Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond study in 2014 observed that 77 percent of retailers failed to lower prices and 21 percent raised prices after the policy went into effect.
No, Congress is not considering a law that would ban credit card rewards
Love your credit card points? A bill that may change them is still on the table
Big banks ply D.C. with free donuts as part of a turbo-charged effort to save junk fees
Big-box banks: Congress' plan to lower credit-card swipe fees pits retailers against banks
Washington Takes Aim at Credit Card Processing Fees
Is Congress Going to Kill Credit Card Rewards?
Hands Off My Rewards