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Progressives Should Focus On The Russia Story
All the talk about Russia gives us the opportunity to tie Republican anti-government policies to the ways Russia hoped to benefit from their interference in our democracy. Russia helped put them there in an effort to hurt the country and Republican policies hurt the country.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017(1 comments)
Did You Vote For Unfair Pay and Unsafe Workplaces?
This Trump/Republican government does not care if companies that have "a satisfactory record of integrity and business ethics." In fact, repealing this rule signals to companies that it is OK to "save money" by stealing pay from employees, violating their civil rights and threatening their safety. This is the Republicans, not just Trump. This is who they are.
Monday, March 20, 2017
Immigration Crackdown Sparks Silicon Valley Protests
In Silicon Valley, these tech workers are all too often treated as little more than commodities to exploit and throw away. Now, with a little help from Tech Stands Up and Silicon Valley Rising, this may start to change.
Trump's Spectacle Misdirects Us From Our Government's Destruction
The public is being misdirected by the spectacle thus far of Trump's presidency. While we recoil from his latest nasty tweet, count how many lies he put into a speech or wonder if the teleprompter will keep him from biting the head off a bat, Trump's loyalists are busy rushing to roll out his far-right agenda, destroying our government out from under us.
Thursday, March 2, 2017(8 comments)
Stop Trump's Privatization Agenda
"Privatization" means taking public wealth and assets that benefit us all, and turning them over to the private sector, where only a few reap the reward. When you "privatize" a road or a bridge, people have to pay a toll to use it, so the new "owners" of the road can make a profit.
Friday, February 17, 2017(3 comments)
This Isn't Just Trump. This Is Who the Republicans Are.
It's not just Trump, Republicans as a party are using Trump to engage in a general assault on protections from corruption, pollution, corporate fraud and financial scams. This is who they are. This is the end result of a decades-long effort by the corporate-and-billionaire-funded "conservative movement" to capture the Republican party, and through them to capture the country -- for profit.
Postal Service Drops Staples Privatization Effort
The Postal Service's experimental "pilot program" in privatizing the retail end of the USPS using Staples outlets has failed and ended. The "Grand Alliance to Save Our Postal Service" has forced the USPS to back off from partnering with Staples in their effort to privatize and undermine the wages and jobs of USPS employees.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Trump Nominates Non-Free-Trader Robert Lighthizer to Trade Office
Trumps appointments have been sending mixed signals and Trump has been giving the public very little information on what to expect from his administration (and refusing to hold press conferences). But at least so far his trade appointments give the appearance of lining up with his campaign promises.
Friday, December 16, 2016
"Corruption" Then And Now
Media "coverage" of the 2016 campaign was almost entirely devoid of discussion of the important issues. Climate change? Housing policy? Instead it consisted of media coverage of anything Donald Trump said -- including repeatedly giving free time to air entire Trump rallies -- insinuations about the activities of the Clinton Foundation and insinuations that Clinton did something illegal with her emails.
Friday, December 2, 2016(1 comments)
Tea Leaf Reading Forecasts A Coming Assault On Working People
This is not quite the crowd you would think would usher in a new age of good jobs with good wages and benefits for working people. The tea leaves -- and that's all we have from this already-secretive administration -- are telling us that things are going to be very, very bad for America's workers under a Donald "wages are too high" Trump administration.
Friday, December 2, 2016
The "Buy America" Trump Test
The "Buy America" fight goes to the core of Trump's campaign promises to working-class voters. He promised to boost American manufacturing and American jobs. The corporations and billionaires that back the Republicans (and make up Trump's cabinet so far) want just the opposite.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016(1 comments)
Trump's Infrastructure "Plan" Is Really Just A Privatization Scam
Trump's plan does not call for public investment in public infrastructure, nor does it call for hiring local construction companies using American suppliers and creating jobs for American union workers. Trump's plan is for the government to spend money giving tax breaks to giant, multinational corporations and calling it infrastructure investment.
Friday, November 18, 2016(4 comments)
Today's Broken Trump Promise: "I Won't Cut Medicare"
When they say it "saves money" to privatize, the reason it "saves money" is the vouchers will not be enough to purchase an insurance policy that covers all the things that Medicare covers. It saves the government money by shifting the costs from the government to individuals.
The Damage From Free Trade Helped Elect Trump
Pick a former manufacturing area, and look at how that area voted in Tuesday's election. Key "swing" states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin were hit hard by deindustrialization and little to nothing was done to help the people there. And they voted for Donald Trump because he promised to "fix" it.
Friday, November 4, 2016
Enormous, Humongous $36.4 September Trade Deficit Helps Trump
In normal times a trade deficit of $36.4 billion in a single month would be met with outrage, headlines, speeches, torches and pitchforks. It represents a transfer of fulfillment of our economy's "demand" out of the country at a time when we need jobs here. More goods are coming in than are going out. Our economy has to borrow to make up the difference.
Saturday, October 29, 2016(1 comments)
TPP "Partner" Jails Human Rights Blogger
TPP advocates try to manufacture consent by telling us that the deal will improve human rights, labor rights and environmental protections. They also tell us it will bring jobs. Because that's what people want to hear. But it is not what will happen.
Saturday, October 22, 2016(2 comments)
Watch Out For The Coming Corporate Tax-Break Trickery
Corporations used to shoulder 32 percent of the total tax burden. It has fallen to only 10 percent of the burden. That is a drop of two-thirds. See if you can guess who pays that two-thirds difference. (Hint: it isn't corporations or their wealthy owners. It is cuts to schools, infrastructure, health care and all the things that used to make our lives better. This is one part of the economic squeeze everyone feels.)
Saturday, October 15, 2016(1 comments)
Sen. Warren Call For Removal Of SEC Chair For Refusing To Do Her Job
Warren is right to ask for White's removal as chair. President Obama can give the country a parting gift by making an example of White, and perhaps other moves to finally regulate Wall Street. Perhaps even a prosecution or two of the executives at that bank that defrauded 2 million customers by opening unwanted accounts and charging fees?
Friday, October 14, 2016
Small Businesses Speak Out Against Donald Trump's Tax Plan
Donald Trump wants to dramatically cut taxes for the already-wealthy and their giant corporations. This would starve local communities of resources like teachers and infrastructure, while stacking the deck further against smaller, local businesses.
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Corporate Tax "Shell Game" Report: $718 Billion Of Corporate Tax-Dodging
"Multinational corporations' use of tax havens allows them to avoid an estimated $100 billion in federal income taxes each year," says a new report just released by Citizens for Tax Justice (CTJ), Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) and U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund (U.S. PIRG). Congress -- for obviou$ rea$on$ -- refuses to stop this "deferral" loophole.
Thursday, September 29, 2016
The Missed Opportunity On Trade -- And What We Must Do Next
The word "trade" has come to mean one thing in discussions about our current economy: moving American jobs to low-wage countries so investors and executives can pocket the wage differential while also using threats to move even more jobs as a mechanism to drive down wages inside this country. And the trade deals have been exposed as a mechanism for increasing corporate over government's ability to regulate.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Republicans "Working The Ref" With War On IRS
It is the job of the IRS to look at whether groups applying for nonprofit status are actually political operations in disguise. The IRS' crime was including "conservative" organizations among those checked. (Never mind that groups labeling themselves "conservative" clearly implies they have a political mission.)
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Wednesday Is National Call-In Day To Stop the TPP
Lobbyists, giant corporations and the president are twisting arms in Congress to round up votes to pass TPP after the election. But, stopping TPP is "entirely doable." Americans are furious about the influence corporations have over governments and the decisions that shape our daily lives -- and the TPP is a horrifying example of corporate influence gone wrong.
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Major Consumer Organizations Announce TPP Opposition
Consumers Union, the advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, and the Consumer Federation of America, a coalition of 250 U.S. consumer organizations, both announced on Tuesday their opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The organizations sent joint letters to the House and the Senate.
Thursday, September 1, 2016(2 comments)
BuzzFeed Exposes Corporate "Super Courts" That Can Overrule Government
Corporations are pushing two new "trade" agreements -- one covering Pacific-area countries and one covering Atlantic-area countries -- that expand these corporate rights and move governments out of their way. The Pacific agreement is called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Atlantic one is called the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
Saturday, August 27, 2016(7 comments)
Groups Ask Clinton For "Unequivocal Statement" On Lame-Duck TPP Vote
A number of progressive, labor and environmental groups sent a public letter to Clinton urging her "to make a clear, public, and unequivocal statement opposing any vote on the disastrous Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in the post-election, 'lame-duck' session of Congress."
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Rock Against TPP Drawing Large Crowds
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is revving up for a vote in the "lame duck" session of Congress that follows the election, and the Rock Against the TPP Concert Tour is drawing large crowds. Awareness of TPP drives opposition, and Rock Against the TPP is doing its part to drive awareness.
Saturday, August 20, 2016(3 comments)
Is Making Corporations Pay Wages "Burdensome Government Regulation?"
The Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation established that employers in the United States have to pay wages. Conservatives have been fighting this ever since. The same Republican anti-worker complaint that "burdensome regulations" are hurting businesses applies to rules requiring employers to pay overtime, stop stealing tips, classifying workers as "independent contractors" and other forms of wage theft.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016(1 comments)
New Clinton Transition Head Has Some TPP 'Splainin To Do
Former Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar has been an outspoken supporter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and works for a firm that lobbied for trade policy issues. Salazar was also a member of the pro-TPP corporate front-group "Progressive Coalition for American Jobs." Someone needs to ask Salazar and Clinton to explain what this says about Clinton's support/opposition to a lame-duck vote on TPP.
Saturday, August 13, 2016
President Tells Congress TPP Is Coming Their Way. What Will Clinton Do?
With Sanders pledging to do everything he can to stop a lame-duck vote on TPP, Clinton's statement of opposition, no matter how strong, will not be seen by TPP opponents as doing enough. At some point she has to break with President Obama and fight Bernie-style to stop it. That requires more than words. She hasn't yet called on Democrats to vote against TPP and didn't call on Obama to withdraw it.
Thursday, August 11, 2016(3 comments)
Clinton Should Tell Obama To Withdraw TPP To Save Her Presidency
Imagine if TPP does come up for a vote in the lame-duck session and passes. The public, particularly progressives, will certainly feel betrayed. It will also bolster the opposition, who will say, "I told you so" because of Trump's predictions of a betrayal on TPP. If that happens, it won't matter that Clinton has said she opposes TPP. People will feel she just said it to get votes.
Thursday, August 4, 2016(1 comments)
Don't Be Fooled. TPP Is Still Very Much Alive. Help Kill It For Good
We all need to stay aware, we need to stay organized and we need to understand that TPP isn't dead until it's actually dead. But we can win this. If we can keep TPP from coming up for a vote in the unaccountable lame-duck session of Congress that follows the election, it is unlikely to survive.
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
A Look At Clinton And Trump's Promises To Spend To Boost Economy
Clinton's plan focuses on infrastructure and manufacturing, with a side dish of changing the way we do trade deals and ramping up enforcement of existing deals. Trump's plan focuses on undoing trade deals and applying tariffs, giving tax breaks to the wealthy and corporations, with a side dish of promises to improve infrastructure.
Saturday, July 30, 2016(2 comments)
Latest Senate Food Workers Victory Highlights Perils of Privatization
Beyond impoverishing workers with low wages, there are even worse ways private corporate contractors "save money," such as cutting service, cutting quality, cutting corners, fighting unionization -- all of which hurt the public that is supposed to be served. Plus, because it is "run like a business," contracting corporations cut some of those corners by doing things like committing outright wage theft.
Friday, July 22, 2016(1 comments)
Ailes Out, Trump In
Trump's candidacy is the direct and inevitable consequence of decades of Fox News pumping out its propaganda, hate and outright lies, every single day, conning its audience into supporting the agenda of an elite few.
Thursday, July 21, 2016(3 comments)
Is Trump Changing His Tune On Trade?
Hillary Clinton continues to state her opposition to TPP, a position she came to from seeing the positive reception Bernie Sanders received on this. On July 12, on stage with Sanders in New Hampshire, Clinton repeated her opposition to TPP, saying, "[W]e're going to say no to attacks on working families and no to bad trade deals and unfair trade practices, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership."
Saturday, July 16, 2016
Is TPP Really Dead? Don't Bet On It
Those in the public who are aware of TPP and what it contains are opposed. It would be an insult to democracy to go ahead and hold a vote on TPP after the election, but before the new president and Congress are sworn in. But that never stopped Wall Street, the giant corporations and our paid-off elites before.
Friday, July 8, 2016(1 comments)
TPP In Democratic Party Platform Is A "Whose Side Are You On?" Moment
It is clearly time for Democrats to decide and declare whether they are on the side of working people and the American middle class, or on the side of Wall Street, giant multinational corporations, the Chamber of Commerce and other corporate lobbying interests. The Democratic Party should go on the record and oppose the TPP.
Saturday, July 2, 2016(2 comments)
Exposing Trump's Trade Appeal To Working-Class Voters For What It Is
Democrats must get this right. They have to stand up for working people and demand that our trade policies start helping people instead of hurting them. That starts with Clinton demanding that the president withdraw TPP from consideration by Congress. This is the best way to show the public that she is on their side.
Monday, June 27, 2016(2 comments)
Democratic Party Platform Committee Undermines Clinton On TPP
It is hard to understand why Clinton supporters are blocking efforts to fight the TPP agreement. This hands the issue to Trump and reinforces his position that Clinton is only "pretending" to oppose the agreement. It appears that the party elite just don't understand the public's overwhelming opposition to TPP.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016(2 comments)
Pounding On This Again, Begging For Infrastructure Investment
There is no "cost" to the economy from fixing the infrastructure. With low interest rates, government gets the money to do it for free. The resulting economic and energy efficiency pays for it, and we all share in the increased prosperity. Not to mention all of the people who would be put to work doing the construction and maintenance, and all suppliers who would be getting a boost from the orders for supplies and parts.
Friday, June 17, 2016(1 comments)
Trump: Big Mouth, Empty Suit
Trump's political rise was propelled almost entirely by media coverage of Republican debates, his rallies and his phone calls to TV and radio shows. Trump was able to gain sufficient exposure to dominate the Republican primaries. There was no real "campaign," very little "ground game," just media coverage of rambling "speeches," tweets and bluster.
Thursday, June 16, 2016(1 comments)
Trump Running The Country Like A Business? Heaven Forbid
The idea of making money off the public to make a very few people wealthy does not come up in our Constitution. This is the opposite of the purpose of government. Trump's experience running businesses would not translate well at all to running our government. Not well at all.
Friday, June 10, 2016(4 comments)
Obama Endorses Clinton, Then Undermines Her On TPP
The President's push for TPP undermines Democratic presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign. Clinton is opposed to the TPP, and opposed to bringing the TPP up for a vote in the "lame duck" congressional session that follows the election. And voters are certainly opposed as well.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016(1 comments)
Lame Duck TPP Push Hands Trump A Powerful Issue Against Clinton
Democrats need to persuade President Obama not to embarrass Clinton, and promise not to bring the TPP before Congress in the lame duck. If he doesn't pull back, Trump and "down-ballot" Republican candidates can rightly use the president's support of TPP as a hammer to pound Democrats.
Saturday, May 28, 2016
Sanders, Brown Speak Out On Gunboat Diplomacy For Corporations
Members of Congress are weighing in against the U.S. government's use of "gunboat diplomacy"-style intimidation of Colombia against that country allowing a generic version of an ultra-expensive cancer drug named Gleevec in order to protect the public's health.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016(1 comments)
Republicans Demand Flint-Like Solution To Puerto Rico Debt
Setting aside democratically elected governments and putting an unelected commission in charge sets a terrible precedent for Republican control in U.S. cities and states. The Republican state government did this in Michigan, setting up the Flint disaster. Now they are taking away self-government in Puerto Rico.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016(1 comments)
More Than 1500 Groups Write Congress: No TPP
More than 1,500 environmental, labor, faith, consumer, LGBT, health, peace, business, social justice and other public interest organizations representing trade and democracy "stakeholders" sent a joint letter to Congress urging them to reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
This Week Is Infrastructure Week, But Every Week Should Be
The Republican Party is ideologically locked into anti-tax, anti-spending and general anti-government policies. are committed to obstructing anything they consider to be "government spending" regardless of what it is for. (Unless, of course, it is for military adventures.) They say infrastructure money is really just "pandering to unions" or a "union bailout" or a "union payoff."
New Rules On Corporate Secrecy Have Glaring Loopholes
Watchdog groups -- and law enforcement -- have been asking for a crackdown on corporate secrecy for years. The Obama administration sat on these rules. Then after the Panama Papers leak publicized the extent of the problem, they issued rules that many say could actually make the problem worse. What is going on?
Monday, May 9, 2016(5 comments)
Clinton Commits: No TPP, Fundamentally Rethink Trade Policies
Hillary's position is now clearly on the side of those opposing not just TPP but the way our trade agreements have been used to move jobs out of the country, drive down wages and break what power working people once had in the economy. She has not left herself wiggle room on a TPP vote.
Friday, May 6, 2016
Korea Trade Data Shows The Potential For The TPP To Do Real Damage
"Free trade" is not about "trade" at all. It is about Wall Street shareholders moving jobs out of the US to places where workers are exploited and governments let companies pollute. The countries where we send the jobs and factories do not "trade" with us. It is entirely about "lowering costs" so the workers there do not make enough to buy things made here.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016(4 comments)
Indiana's Carrier Factory Cuts Focused The "Trade" Election Issue
The layoffs at the Indianapolis Carrier air conditioner factory have focused many people's feelings about our disastrous "trade" agreements that enable, even encourage, companies to move jobs and factories out of the country so that executives and Wall Street can pocket the wage and environmental-cost differential for themselves.
Friday, April 29, 2016
Are Fair Trade Policies "Extreme?" Is Clinton Ready For Trump On Trade?
The consequences of decades of moving jobs out of the country are coming home to roost. People are fed up. This means Clinton needs to toughen up her trade policies -- and mean it. She should start by calling on President Obama not to submit TPP to Congress, The public gets it, Clinton better get it, too.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Warning: TPP Rearing Its Ugly Head
They understand that the voters hate TPP, but the giant corporations want it, so they will try to push a vote after the election to "protect" politicians from the voters. And what the Chamber of Commerce "expects" of Congress usually happens.
Friday, April 22, 2016(1 comments)
As Verizon Strike Continues, What Are Candidates Saying?
Verizon workers want job stability, acceptable working conditions and respect as human beings. The company wants the "flexibility" to be able to change workers days and hours at will, do even more outsourcing, make workers do more to make up for their desire to employ fewer people, and generally treat human beings as commodities.