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(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 16, 2013 Upcoming Trans-Pacific Partnership Looks Like Corporate Takeover
The Trans-Pacific Partnership, an expansion of the 2005 Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement, is being negotiated as we speak. As Yogi Berra said,"It's deja vu all over again." Is it another NAFTAesque corporate boondoggle, or will it turn out to be a real windfall for working families as its over 600 corporate promoters suggest?
(6 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 14, 2011 Actually, "the Rich" Don't "Create Jobs," We Do
When all the money goes to a few at the top everything breaks down. Taxing the people at the top and reinvesting the money into the democratic society is fundamental to keeping things going.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, March 27, 2015 Now We Know Why Huge TPP Trade Deal Is Kept Secret From The Public
TPP is the largest trade agreement in history, involving more than 40 percent of the world's GDP. One way President Obama and the Chamber of Commerce sell TPP is by saying it will change everything and will rewrite the rules for doing business for the 21st century. But the changes give corporations vast new powers to overrule democratic governments.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, December 7, 2015 Does Clinton Really Oppose TPP? There Is A Test For That
Many Democrats remain skeptical and do not accept that Clinton meant it when she said she opposes passage of TPP. They wonder if Clinton only came out against TPP for strategic political reasons -- to defuse Sanders and O'Malley and get union endorsements -- or is she committed to stopping it?
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 6, 2015 Will TPP Kill The Post Office?
Negotiated in secret by corporate representatives, it is probable that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is loaded with things the big corporations have snuck in. We already know from leaks that TPP contains provisions allowing companies to sue our government in "corporate courts" if they feel a law or regulation is cutting into their profits. What else is in there?
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 12, 2012 Huge Rally Demands A Second Bill of Rights For Americans
Over 35,000 working people attended Saturday's Workers Stand For America rally in Philadelphia -- the birthplace of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights -- to demand an economy that works for all of us. This rally was called to support America's Second Bill of Rights, inspired by President Franklin Roosevelt's 1944 proposed economic Bill of Rights.
(16 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 10, 2015 New Report Tallies Some Of The Cost Of The "Walmart Model" Economy
The "Walmart model" has become the model of our economy. The billionaires that model creates use their wealth to bribe -- I mean, "influence" -- our government to keep things the way they are. It is time to take back our government from the billionaires, fix trade, fix taxes and fix wages.
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, December 4, 2015 The Sanders Corporate Tax Reform Plan
It turns out that Sanders does have a detailed corporate tax plan to pay for his infrastructure plan. He introduced the plan as a Senate bill shortly before announcing his run for the Democratic nomination for President. It is called the Corporate Tax Dodging Prevention Act.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, July 7, 2008 The Spying Started Before September 11 -- That's The Whole Point
In response to LA Times article, "A Good-Enough Spy Law," and its claim that telecom aided surveillance was in response to the aftermath of Sept. 11, writer Dave Johnson reminds us that this spying started shortly after Bush took office. A fact that the MSM can't seem to grasp.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 21, 2014 Another Secret Pro-Corporate Trade Negotiation Is Leaked
This is one more leak showing that the giant corporations and the billionaires behind them consider themselves powerful enough to just ignore governments, and are negotiating among themselves the rules for world corporate domination in the 21st century.
SHARE Wednesday, March 9, 2016 Auto-Bailout Backfire: Does Sanders Have Antidote To Negative Politics?
Clinton's attempt to mislead voters not only didn't work, it looks like it may have backfired and cost her votes in the primary itself. The voters Clinton was attempting to win over -- auto workers -- knew darn well that Bernie Sanders was on the side of auto workers and had been for a very long time. Michigan voters appear to have resented the attempt to mislead them.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, February 17, 2017 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.
(21 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 17, 2015 How To Avoid Another Job-Killing Trade Fiasco Like NAFTA
With Fast Track, Congress agrees to pass the trade deal within 90 days of first seeing it, with no changes allowed. Obviously, this sets up a rigged process, in which the big corporations are able to launch into a full-scale PR campaign to apply maximum pressure. The intention is to keep the public from having a chance to analyze the consequences of signing the deal, and rallying opposition.
(5 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 11, 2015 Obama Administration Makes Malaysia Slavery Problem For TPP Disappear
The fast-track authority legislation for the Trans-Pacific Partnership recently passed by Congress says we can't make "trade" agreements like TPP with countries that violate human rights. There is a report that to get around this rule the administration is going to declare the worst violators of human rights to be OK after all.
(10 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 26, 2014 Will Republicans Block Action On Corporations Abandoning The U.S.?
There is a wave of news about corporations using a technicality called an "inversion" to renounce their US "citizenship." An inversion is when a US company buys or merges with a non-US company, and then pretends it is no longer a US company. Today it's Burger King. Not long ago it was Walgreens.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, February 24, 2012 You Should Know About The "99% Spring"
The coalition is calling for a national convergence of training, education, and action between April 9 and 15 to: shape a collective vision of an economy that works for all Americans -- not just the wealthiest 1%; learn about the history and application of non-violent direct action; and put what we learn into direct action to expose the injustices of the moment and demand change from those responsible.
(10 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 6, 2014 Why Would Congress Approve A Trade Deal Before Reading It?
The Obama administration is negotiating a huge trade deal. The President promises CEOs he will go against his own party to push its passage. To get this done the corporations are pushing Congress to pass something called Fast Track -- a process that essentially pre-approves trade agreements before Congress even reads the agreements for the first time.
(6 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 27, 2015 Republicans Answer Pope With Bill Banning Govt From Protecting Climate
With this bill Republicans are basically saying "This is our answer to you, Pope-guy." The bill bans government from even considering whether a project will contribute to climate change: "A lead agency may not use the social cost of carbon in the environmental review or environmental decision making process."
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, April 3, 2015 Populism 2015: Citizens Insist On Trade Deals That Work For All Of Us
cross the country a strong populist movement has gained momentum to stop more trade deals from making things worse. This is just one part of the populist movement that has grown since Occupy Wall Street in response to terrible inequality. Citizens and organizations are mobilizing in opposition to the way our country's rules have been rigged to the benefit of the 1 percent and against the interests of 99 percent of us.
(7 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 22, 2016 Another Elite Gang-Up On Sanders: His Proposals Would Undo America
Steven Pearlstein, in the ominously titled "What Bernie Sanders would do to America" at The Washington Post, warns that asking our government to do things like raising the minimum wage to $15, extending public education by four years, providing Medicare-for-All and especially paying for that by taxing corporations and extremely high-income individuals would "turn America into Denmark or Sweden."
SHARE Monday, August 31, 2015 What Bernie Sanders Has Already Won
Regardless of the Democratic nominee, we will all need to work on making sure an anti-immigrant, anti-Social Security, pro-billionaire, pro-hate candidate doesn't get elected president and destroy the country. Look back at the 'W' Bush legacy of a country almost destroyed. Financial collapse, war, how many lives gone? This new "Trump" GOP is now much, much worse than the Bush era.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 17, 2015 TPP Is Only Secret From You -- But Trust Us, It's Good For You
Under the Constitution, Congress is supposed to set the terms, oversee the negotiations, carefully consider the results, allow the public time to analyze and weigh in. But now a secret trade agreement -- initiated and negotiated in a corporate-dominated process with other stakeholders excluded -- is kept from Congress. Times have changed. The Constitution and Congress are pests, gnats to be swatted aside.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 30, 2015 Writing The New Rules For The 21st Century -- In Secret?
With the fast track process We the People of the United States of America don't get to know what's in TPP until some time after Congress pre-approves it, and even our Congress won't get to seriously debate or amend it after we do get to see it. So too bad if we don't like it. Suck. On. That.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 24, 2015 Koch Network Takes On Export-Import Bank
The Koch brothers do not believe that government should do anything at all, other than provide a military and protect private -- their -- property. They do not even believe our own government should help our own country's companies. They believe there is no "national" interest, only the interests of individual businesses -- and ultra-billionaires like themselves.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 4, 2017 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.
(47 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 9, 2015 Climate Denial Is Corruption, and the GOP Is Captured By It
It is an astonishing spectacle. The Republican party is working to sabotage efforts to fight climate change and is doing this because the fossil-fuel industry -- and billionaires whose fortunes came from that industry -- funds so much of their messaging and campaign infrastructure, and their candidates. This is not ideology; it is flat-out corruption.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 14, 2015 The Fast Track Fight Begins In The Senate
As the fast track fight enters the Congress, polls show that politicians will take a great risk by voting for fast track or TPP legislation. For example, one recent poll shows one senator's vote for fast track could bring a primary opponent.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, March 9, 2015 How Our Trade Policies Kill Jobs
The U.S. is currently running a net trade deficit of over $500 billion dollars each year with our "trade partners." We have been running trade deficit every year since the late 1970s. We buy from them, but they don't reciprocate and buy from us, so the trade is out of balance -- way out of balance.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 7, 2015 Trade Deficit Drops To Enormous, Humongous Level In January
Trade is supposed to be balanced. That is where the word "trade" comes from. But since the neo-liberal "free trade" pro-corporate ideology took hold in the late 1970s the US has consistently run a trade deficit every single year, and it just gets worse. This literally drains our economy, jobs, wages, factories, entire industries and our ability to make a living as a country.
SHARE Tuesday, July 22, 2014 5 Giant Un-American Corporations Trying to Bolt U.S. to Avoid Taxes
A number of American corporations are so fed up with the idea that they should pay their taxes that they are actually renouncing their U.S. citizenship. These corporations are "leaving" the U.S. to dodge taxes--but their executives, employees, offices, stores, customers etc. are still here. The only thing that is really leaving the country is the requirement to pay U.S. taxes.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, November 18, 2016 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 25, 2015 Obama's Trans-Pacific Partnership Promises Echo Clinton's On NAFTA
TPP will be pushed through Congress using "fast track" trade promotion authority that allows Congress only 90 days to debate and conduct an up-or-down vote after it and the public first see the agreement. This does not give Congress and the public enough time to read and fully understand this enormous, complex agreement and especially not enough time to consider the ramifications on our economy and our working people.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 19, 2015 Let The Public Read The Completed Parts Of The Trans-Pacific Partnership
There is an easy way to settle disputes about what is in the TPP and what its consequences might be: let We the People see the text of the agreement and we can decide for ourselves. The president says that we can't see the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership because it is still being negotiated. He says other countries will not "make their best offers" if the people in their countries can see what they are offering.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 9, 2016 Is Clinton Bought By Wall Street? There Is A Test For That
Clinton promises that the money will not influence her if she takes office, but voters are understandably skeptical. Voters have been betrayed again and again by people who have become known as "corporate Democrats." She is going to have to make it clear that she wants Wall Street influence over our government stopped and reversed, and she must join the front lines of the fight to stop it--or voters won't believe her.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 4, 2016 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.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 16, 2015 I'm Not Making This Up: Corporations Use Trade Deals To Attack U.S. Law
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, legal scholars and others have been sounding the alarm about the secret TPP negotiations. They are warning that the ISDS provisions, as the New York Times put it, "would allow foreign corporations to sue the United States government for actions that undermine their investment 'expectations' and hurt their business, according to a classified document."
(19 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 18, 2017 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.
(7 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 27, 2016 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."
(10 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 3, 2009 Who Opposes American Manufacturing?
Why do conservatives want to send our factories - and jobs - out of the country? Is it because they are receiving foreign funding?
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, November 28, 2014 With Election Over, First Order Of Business Is $450B Corporate Tax Break
The election is over. Congress is back in Washington. The first order of business after the election is to give big tax breaks to the corporations -- $450 billion worth. Fortunately, President Obama is trying to do something about this. He says he will veto this deal if it reaches his desk.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 20, 2016 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.
SHARE 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.
SHARE 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.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 12, 2015 Fast Track Train Off Rails -- For Now
Democrats in the U.S. Senate were able to successfully block the trade promotion authority "fast track" bill using a filibuster today. This is a very big setback for the pro-Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) forces, but is not a final defeat. The final vote was 52-45, with 60 votes needed to break the filibuster and move the bill forward to debate and an up-or-down vote.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 30, 2016 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.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, October 23, 2015 The Water Is Boiling Now And The Frog Doesn't Know It
The gerrymandered-into-office Republican Congress is completely dysfunctional for governing, and instead of addressing the country's problems we got this: An 11-hour long hearing asking a former first lady, senator and Secretary of State, "Were you alone all night?" Republicans have fallen SO FAR down into a hole of their own propaganda machine that reality is lost completely for them.
SHARE 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.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 20, 2014 GOP Vows To Dismantle Or Shut Down Government If They Win Senate
This is the Republican agenda, should they take the Senate. If the President tries to stop their effort to dismantle the government they will resort to their time-tested fall back position: just shut down the government. And, of course, blame anyone but themselves.
SHARE Tuesday, December 1, 2015 How The Clinton and Sanders Infrastructure Plans Measure Up
Hillary Clinton's $275 billion infrastructure proposal appears to be some sort of signal to voters that she is to the right of and perhaps less "scary" than Sanders. But it is also a recipe for little, if any, incremental improvement at a time when the people and the country clearly need transformative reform.
(6 comments) SHARE Friday, July 1, 2011 The Not-So-Loyal Opposition
...it is looking more and more like Republicans are deliberately sabotaging efforts to recover the economy and create jobs, as a strategy to turn voters against President Obama in the coming elections.
SHARE Monday, May 4, 2015 Fast Track Bill Vote In Senate: Winter Is Coming
How do you get a trade bill that sends jobs out of the country so that companies here can break unions, force wages down and trim benefits in order for a few already-wealthy executives and investors (Wall Street) to pocket the difference? The answer is to rig the rules of the game in advance. Fast track is that strategy.
SHARE Sunday, April 19, 2015 Why CAF Is Opposing And Marching Against Fast-Track Trade Legislation
Fast Track is part of a process that rigs our democracy and the global economy, resulting in trade deals that are written to benefit billionaires and giant multinational corporations at the expense of 99 percent of us. The flawed trade deals coming out of this rigged process have resulted in enormous and continuing trade deficits that drain our economy of jobs, devastate our communities and increase inequality.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 20, 2008 THROW Them Out Don't Bail Them Out
Everything I have read about this massive bailout proposal sounds like they're going to try to treat the symptoms of a sick and failed system instead of the causes and instead of reforming or replacing the failed system itself. Nothing I have heard addresses the CAUSES of the problems!
I say THROW the system out and start building one that WORKS for US, don't bail the failed, corrupt system out.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, April 24, 2015 A "Path To Yes" On Trade, But Paul Ryan Blocks It
Trade can work for all stakeholders and can be a tool to lift general prosperity, democracy, environmental protection and the general welfare on all sides of trade borders. But to do that would require beginning with a process that has those stakeholders at the table, with those issues as the objectives of the negotiations.
(22 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 13, 2016 Is Bernie Sanders Promising "Free Stuff" To Buy Votes?
Conservatives claim that Sanders is trying to "buy votes" when he tells people they can have "free stuff" like free college tuition. But in a democracy, what does this mean? Politicians don't "give" things to the public; the public votes for representatives who are supposed to do what the public wants.
SHARE 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."
SHARE Thursday, July 23, 2015 Oak Flat: The Latest Land Grab From Native Americans
On page 1,103 of the 1,648-page bill is a provision giving more than 2400 acres of land in Arizona's Tonto National Forest to Resolution Copper, which is part of London-based Rio Tinto and Melbourn-based BHP Billiton, giant mining companies. This was done by Arizona Republican Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake and Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar.
(5 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 13, 2015 TPP Terms Are Even Worse For U.S. Than NAFTA?
So how is this "renegotiation of NAFTA" going? TPP is secret, but we do know some things from leaks and the things we are learning are not good at all. For example, it appears that the U.S. auto and auto parts industry -- and the workers in those industries -- will be hit hard. NAFTA hit us hard; now it looks like TPP will hit us much, much harder.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, July 8, 2016 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 2, 2016 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 28, 2012 The Republican Budget is for Billionaires
Behind a blizzard of fog and mirrors, the new Republican budget completes the ongoing shift of our government and our economy away from "we are in this together" democracy to a "you are on your own" system that is entirely for the benefit of a few at the top.
(8 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 2, 2017 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, December 2, 2016 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.
SHARE 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 18, 2014 Trade Deal Promises vs. Realities
Again and again we are promised jobs and economy gains from trade deals. Instead we get job losses and trade deficits. Next year the giant multinationals are going to try to sell us another trade deal by promising jobs and prosperity. And they're going to push fast track to grease the skids to get it passed.
SHARE Monday, April 20, 2015 A Look At The Fast Track Bill Shows It's The Wrong Thing To Do
We don't yet know what is in TPP because it is still secret and will remain so until shortly before the fast track process requires Congress to vote. The President says to trust him, it will be great and "progressive" and create lots of jobs and expand the economy. Great. But the history on our trade deals has been very bad -- especially those passed using fast track.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 1, 2016 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).
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 12, 2015 What China's Currency Devaluation Means
China has used currency manipulation as a form of subsidy for exports to cause things made there to cost less in world markets than things made elsewhere. China exports more and more; other countries are forced to import more and more. The resulting imbalance has thrown the world's economy out of whack, including causing massive job losses in the U.S.
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, May 9, 2016 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 22, 2016 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.
SHARE Tuesday, January 27, 2015 Protests As Trans-Pacific Partnership Talks Resume In New York
TPP is a huge "trade" agreement, which will set the rules for 40 percent of the world's economy. It is being negotiated in secret. Corporate representatives are part of the process, stakeholders like environmental, consumer, labor, democracy, health and other groups are excluded from the negotiations.
SHARE Friday, June 12, 2015 A Look At The "Trade" Votes That Will Happen Today In the House
After the TAA vote comes the fast-track TPA vote. If the fast-track process is approved, Congress will not be able to amend the TPP, whatever ends up being in it. Congress would be allowing itself only limited debate and would have to give it an up-or-down vote within a very limited timeframe, with no filibusters.
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, January 4, 2016 Debate Schedule Is Allowing GOP To Frame Election Narrative
The last Democratic presidential debate was buried on a Saturday night up against the opening of Star Wars. It drew a fraction of earlier Republican debate audiences -- and even of the earlier Democratic debates. The next debate is scheduled, astonishingly, on a Sunday night, January 17, the middle day of a three-day weekend. But just in case that might still draw an audience, it is also up against NFL playoff games.
SHARE Wednesday, September 30, 2015 You Knew The TPP Was Bad. But Here's How It Gets Even Worse
Even if they exclude tobacco corporations from TPP, what about all the other things that corporations do that harm people and the environment, rip people off, use monopoly power to squeeze us, force our pay and benefits down and all the rest? The arguments over whether to exclude tobacco companies only tell us how bad this agreement will be for us.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 15, 2016 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?
(7 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 23, 2014 Does Democracy Let "The Poor" Dominate?
Many Republicans say that democracy makes people "dependent on government." The idea is that people (minorities in particular) are "takers" who vote for politicians who "give them free stuff" that the "makers" have to pay for. The poor are a "mob" of "takers" who will vote "goodies for themselves" and therefore need to be controlled and suppressed for their own good.
SHARE 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 29, 2016 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 26, 2015 Now Vietnam Thumbs Nose At TPP's Unenforceable Labor Provisions
TPP has special provisions for enforcement of provisions that benefit corporations, while the already weak labor, environmental and other provisions that protect other "stakeholders" get no special enforcement mechanisms. Corporations can bring their own cases to a special corporate court that sits above governments, where corporate attorneys adjudicate.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, June 27, 2016 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.
(8 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 3, 2014 Benghazi WTF?
Speaker Boehner is setting up a Spanish inquisition special committee to "investigate" and deliver anti-Obama conclusions just in time for the election. Boehner said the committee will look into why the administration is "obstructing the truth about Benghazi."
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 28, 2016 Ford Leaves Japan and Indonesia, Blames the TPP
Ford Motor Company announced this week that it will close all operations in Japan and Indonesia this year, because it sees "no reasonable path to profitability." Last year GM pulled out of Indonesia. What does it say that they are doing this with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on the horizon?
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 31, 2015 Stop The Paul-Boxer Tax Holiday; It May Already Be A Job-Killer
Congress gave corporations a repatriation tax holiday in 2004. The results were a disaster for the economy. Even worse, the previous tax holiday is the reason so many companies now move jobs and factories and profit centers out of the U.S. They do this to hide profits offshore, waiting for the next tax holiday. This currently costs the country jobs, factories -- and up to $700 billion in taxes due.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, August 21, 2015 Trump: Don't Make Corporations Pay Their Taxes
we know why Republicans are always, always saying we need to cut taxes, cut government, cut wages, cut environmental protections, cut worker-safety protections, cut health inspections, cut programs for the elderly, cut services for the mentally disabled, cut every damn thing that makes lives better for We the People. "Because they don't want to pay the tax."
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 9, 2016 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.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 11, 2016 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.
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 9, 2014 Trans-Pacific Trade Talks Resume With Almost No Media Coverage
TPP is a massive agreement that sets up new rules for over 40 percent of the global economy. It will have profound effects on our jobs, our standard of living now and in the future and our ability to make a living as a country. Oddly, though, as of Monday morning you have to read about it in Japan Times because few-to-no U.S. media outlets are covering it.
SHARE Thursday, October 22, 2015 Demands Increase For Investigating Exxon's Funding Of Climate Denial
Look into almost any organization (or political party) promoting "limited government" and complaining about "burdensome government regulation" and you will find oil money. This is not ideology; this is corruption. This is giant corporations trying to keep the government from doing something about their dangerous, destructive products.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 8, 2015 Enormous, Humongous May Trade Deficit Slows Economy
The U.S. dollar is "strong" which means that things made in the U.S. cost more in international markets than things made in countries with "weak" currencies. A strong dollar is great for those who already have money and want to buy things like imports, but terrible for those who need to make money by selling things.
SHARE Tuesday, November 24, 2015 Pfizer Buying Allergan So It Can Pretend To Be Irish In Tax Scam
this deal is structured as an "inversion" designed to dodge U.S. taxes. Allergan (itself the product of a similar inversion) is headquartered in New Jersey but for tax reasons is incorporated in Ireland -- a tax haven. After the acquisition, Pfizer will keep its headquarters in New York but change its corporate address to Ireland.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, March 18, 2016 Has The Election Finally Killed TPP And Corporate "Free Trade"?
Politicians might say they oppose free trade in the campaign but turn around and help the big corporations at voters' expense after the election. His focus on fixing trade is one reason Donald Trump is doing so well and might clinch the Republican nomination. If Clinton becomes the Democratic nominee, she is going to need to do a better job proving to voters that she really means what she is saying about trade.
SHARE 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 7, 2010 Tea Party Betrayed Already?
Now that the election is over, we're all just waiting for what we think is coming, and asking: What will Tea Party members do when their politicians betray them?
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 17, 2016 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.
SHARE Tuesday, August 25, 2015 Under Pressure To Finish TPP, Are They Giving Away More Jobs?
To get TPP secured for the giant multinational corporations and their near-monopolies in certain areas the U.S. appears to have made a deal with Japan that guts American, Mexican and Canadian auto-parts industries. How many American jobs, factories, companies and industries will fall victim to this TPP rush job?
(6 comments) SHARE Friday, May 24, 2013 Let's Tell Multinational Corporations To Just Pay Their Taxes
Companies want a break letting them pay much lower taxes than they already owe to reward then for keeping the money out of the country away from their own shareholders! On top of that they want something called a "Territorial Tax" that lets them do this from now on with no taxes at all!
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 18, 2015 They Are Trying To Sneak Fast Track Past Us Again
It looks like they are trying again, scheduling another vote without giving the pubic time to see what is going on. If this passes, they are pre-approving the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and future trade deals before We the People even know what is in them.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 21, 2016 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."
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 3, 2013 Republicans Choose (More) Vacation Over Governing
This week was put up or shut up time for Republicans. After decades demanding unspecified budget cuts they finally had to put their vote where their budget outline was. So what did they do? They are taking a 40th vote on repealing Obamacare and then heading home for five weeks vacation. This is who they are.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 24, 2015 Wall Street And Big Corporations Got What They Wanted -- This Time
This wasn't just the corporations slipping something past the public with no regard to what the public wants; this was about pushing it through with the public engaged in opposition. Old corrupt system: sneaking it through; new corrupt system: pushing it through.
SHARE 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.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Republicans Will Pass Worse NAFTA-Like Trade Deals If They Take Senate
These "trade" deals will, if passed by Congress and signed by the president, cement a corporate right to profits above the rights of citizens to pass laws to protect our health, environment, wages, working conditions and anything else we might decide to do to make our lives better. These trade agreements place corporate rights above national sovereignty, and they do this behind a veil of secrecy.
SHARE Monday, June 1, 2015 All Hands On Deck: House Fast Track Vote Expected This Week
The problem here is that these deals are put together using a rigged negotiating process. Our trade negotiators tend to come out of giant, multinational corporations -- particularly from Wall Street -- and tend to return to them. The 600 "advisers" on the TPP are dominated by corporate representatives.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, June 10, 2016 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.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 26, 2016 What To Watch For Next In The Fight Against The TPP
Corporate lobbyists might frame TPP as "a chance for U.S. companies to sell more goods abroad" because they have to say that in public. What they really mean is that TPP will encourage them to lay off even more U.S. workers, close even more U.S. factories and move even more production to countries with near-slave-labor conditions and no costly protections for the environment.
(8 comments) SHARE Monday, December 1, 2014 Is The Democratic Party Relevant Anymore?
Corporate, neo-liberal policies came to dominate our economy. "Free trade," anti-union, monopolistic anti-democracy policies have killed wage growth and government programs for regular, working people and regular, working people have responded by turning away from the party that was supposed to be watching out for them.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 25, 2015 What Your Right-Wing Brother-In-Law Might Say Thursday
This week you're heading home to spend quality time with your family. Of course, your right-wing brother-in-law (RWBIL) is going to be there, spouting off quotes from Trump and Rush and fully Foxified. Actual facts will not be present at this table and would not penetrate the Drudge-shield if they were, but conspiracy theories will abound. Brace yourself.
(17 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 23, 2016 The Sanders "Economic Plan" Controversy
Our economy is currently resisting treacherous global economic conditions and those conditions, if anything, could plausibly argue for the U.S. to accelerate against the global headwinds to prevent us from joining other countries in an economic spiral downward. In fact, it is in the interest of the rest of the world for the U.S. to play this role. And that is exactly what Sanders' proposals do.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 8, 2015 A Comment On Public Investment, Jobs And Dreams
We got here by cutting taxes for the rich, gutting government, deferring maintenance, and letting a few billionaires harvest our public wealth through privatization, etc. We'll get out of it by fixing the trade deficit, repairing our infrastructure, undoing policy mistakes that have continued since the Reagan era, and ending "trickle down" tax cuts.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 16, 2016 TPP Is Dead. What Did We Learn From This Great Progressive Victory?
We must insist that labor, environmental, consumer, LGBT, human rights, health and other "stakeholder" groups from each country have a seat at the table along with business interests. We must insist that it be demonstrated how any benefits outweigh costs.
(8 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 31, 2014 Republican Strategy: Obstruct, Blame Democrats For Obstruction
Republican strategy is to set the stage for the election by obstructing everything that could help the economy get better, as well as anything that might make our lives better. They understand that they just will not be held accountable for their obstruction. Then they campaign against Democrats because things are not getting better.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, February 23, 2015 Protests This Week In Madison Against Surprise New Anti-Worker Laws
Right-to-work laws require unions to represent all workers covered by a union contract, but lets those workers opt out of paying dues to the union. The idea is to weaken or even bankrupt the union. The union is required by the contract to provide services to the workers, including rent and employees for the union office, representation in disciplinary hearings and contract negotiators.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 16, 2015 Sea Change: Citizens Beat Wall Street And Multinationals In Congress
We have turned a corner. We stopped fast track (for now). Now that people are catching on, Wall Street and the CEOs will have to find another way around democracy to fast-track agreements that let them ship factories and jobs out of the country, weakening our economy and democracy.
SHARE 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 10, 2015 Last Chance For Clinton On Fast Track
Clinton is making a political calculation, trying to stay on the fence between the donor/corporate/elite class and the "base" of working people and progressives trying to do something about the terrible inequality that is killing the middle class and our democracy. But this is an either/or line. You can't be on both sides of this dividing line.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 14, 2017 Should We Pay the Rich to Build Infrastructure, Then Pay Them to Use It?
Trump's plan is to have We the People pay businesses, through tax breaks, to build infrastructure that they then own. Then they make us pay again through tolls and fees to use the infrastructure we just paid to build, if we want to use it. Nice work, if you're rich enough to get it.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 3, 2016 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.
SHARE 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.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 20, 2014 Full Employment Is More Than Possible. It Is Essential
It is time to demand that our government create full employment. We were able to fight back against Social Security cuts. We were able to fight back against tax cuts for the rich and their corporations. We were able to fight for gay marriage and LGBT rights. We are fighting them on climate. We are fighting for women's pay and health. It is time to demand full employment, too.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 30, 2015 In Tax Battles, "Competitiveness" Means Coercion
We need money to maintain our infrastructure. Some of our elected officials, in their great (corporate-bought) wisdom, are suggesting that we give these companies "incentives" to "bring back" the profits with a "tax holiday" -- meaning let them pay a much lower (or no) rate.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, January 9, 2017 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.
SHARE 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 25, 2016 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 26, 2015 Jeb! Sticks Foot In It -- Again
Jeb says the Pope should shut up because he isn't a scientist. He uses the stock phrase without checking if the Pope might actually be a scientist. He sets up the Pope's appeal to stop worshiping money, bring scammers and polluters under control and elevate people by proposing to unleash money and corporations on the people.
(6 comments) SHARE Friday, December 20, 2013 The Other Side Of Health Care Scare Stories
Up to 129 million Americans with pre-existing conditions -- including up to 17 million children --will no longer have to worry about being denied health coverage or charged higher premiums because of their health status. Approximately 60 million Americans have gained expanded mental health and substance use disorder benefits and/or federal parity protections.
SHARE Thursday, November 28, 2013 Food Stamps Cut Just In Time For Thanksgiving
Food Stamps don't go to lazy "able-bodied" minorities who refuse to work. According to Feeding America, "76% of SNAP households included a child, an elderly person, or a disabled person. These vulnerable households receive 83% of all SNAP benefits."
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 23, 2015 The Country Is Moving Left
The polls show that the public supports the progressive position on many, many issues. Money in politics, education, trade, inequality, Social Security and Medicare, taking on the big banks -- you name it, across the board the public sees things the way progressives, not conservatives and their corporate/billionaire funders do.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 26, 2016 So MANY Op-Eds Pushing Corporate "Free Trade"
Candidates should start "talking about" making a service-based economy "work for workers." With talk like that, no wonder voters are fed up with America's corporate-favoring trade policies that sending our jobs, wages and ability to make things -- including a decent living -- out of the country.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, July 17, 2015 Student Loan Debt Will Be A Huge 2016 Campaign Issue
While student debt can be as large as many mortgages, the lenders do not have to meet the same standards as other lenders. So a lot of people have been lured into a crushing debt situation by predatory lenders to pay for predatory "schools."
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 22, 2016 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.)
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 21, 2016 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.
SHARE 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 29, 2017 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.
SHARE 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.
SHARE Thursday, March 29, 2012 Every Progressive Should Know About The "Budget For All"
The Congressional Progressive Caucus has put together a "Budget for All" that makes no cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security benefits, and asks those who have benefited most from our economy to pay a sensible share. Every American should know about this budget. But the corporate news media sure isn't going to tell people.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 17, 2014 Senate Republicans Filibuster Equal Pay For Women (Again)
To sum up, the Paycheck Fairness Act would put in place measures to ensure that women will be paid the same as men if they do the same work. The vote was 52-40 in favor, but it was killed because it was filibustered by Republicans. Among the few outlets that even bothered to report that the bill was before the Senate, few reported that there was a Republican filibuster to kill the effort.
SHARE 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.)
SHARE Saturday, October 25, 2014 David Brooks' Infrastructure Column Makes You Say "Oh My God!"
Whenever people like David Brooks use their top perch among those who form America's opinions to inaccurately claim that "both parties" and "the political class" are failing to deliver essential government functions, not only are readers left poorly informed. They are left less able to apply pressure to their elected officials how and where it is needed.
SHARE 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 1, 2016 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.
(17 comments) SHARE Friday, March 2, 2012 Free Trade or Democracy, Can't Have Both
All forms of totalitarian governments, whether they emerge from socialism or capitalism, the left or the right, are irreconcilable to Democracy. China, with corporate America's support, is currently the best example of why.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 3, 2014 11 Ways The Ryan Budget Goes Against What Public Wants
The new Ryan/Republican budget is out. It cuts $5.1 trillion from spending over 10 years on things that make our lives better, while reducing taxes on the wealthy and giant corporations, and increasing military spending by $483 billion over the same period. (Note that cutting things like health care actually just shifts the costs, because people still get sick.)
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 23, 2014 Holiday Bright Spots For Progressives
Voters agree with Democrats on most issues. When you word the questions fairly, people want government to fight for them, raise wages, provide a good retirement, protect the environment, make workplaces safe and other items on the progressive policy agenda. They want Social Security expanded. They want help for the less fortunate.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 12, 2016 GOP Debate: Setting The Record Straight On Social Security
The Social Security Trust Fund will increase to approximately $2.9 trillion at the end of 2019. Then it begins to draw on this fund and there is a potential funding shortfall in about 20 years. If nothing is changed the program would be forced to pay a bit less out to recipients. There are many proposals for fixing this, most do not involve future cuts in benefits.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 19, 2011 See WHY Austerity Can't Reduce The Deficit
Austerity -- cutting government benefits and services -- is not the path to fixing deficits. In fact, economists warn that trying to fix a sluggish economy by cutting government spending will just make things worse. Worse yet, this approach can have damaging effects that last into the future.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, July 22, 2016 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 24, 2014 Democrats Who Move Right Lose Elections -- There Is No "Center"
Polling shows that many "independents" are to the left of Democrats and many others are to the right of Republicans. They are not "in the middle" or "between" but rather are more likely to stay home and not vote for candidates who move "to the middle." Those independents to the right of Republicans are not going to vote for Democrats no matter how far "to the right" the Democratic candidate goes.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, December 14, 2015 Don't Be Misled; The TPP Is Still Coming Full Steam
TPP will just make inequality worse, drive wages down and hurt the country's ability to make a living, among other negative effects. So we have done a lot, but there is a lot still to do. Do not be fooled into thinking that TPP has been delayed. All this means is that it will come back soon and be even worse than it already is.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 24, 2016 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).
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, August 9, 2010 Tax Cuts Are Theft
Tax cuts are theft because they break a long-standing contract.
The American Social Contract: We, the People built our democracy and the empowerment and protections it bestows. We built the infrastructure, schools and all of the public structures, laws, courts, monetary system, etc. that enable enterprise to prosper. That prosperity is the bounty of our democracy and by contract it is supposed to be shared and reinvested.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 19, 2015 Sanders, Grijalva, Ellison, Rush Introduce Bills Banning Private Prisons
Private prisons with a profit incentive to put more and more people in jail? Lobbyists exerting influence against releasing prisoners so their companies can make more money? Contracts requiring governments to imprison a certain number of people for a minimum amount of time? Sentences based on corporate greed? That is where we are as a country.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 21, 2014 8 Phony GOP Solutions for Poverty That Will Only Bring More Economic Pain
On the 50th anniversary of the war on poverty, Republicans are whipping out "compassionate conservatism" again, in an attempt to rebrand themselves as something other than the harsh, anti-poor, anti-women, anti-minority, anti-gay, anti-everything wingnuts they have been showing us they are.
SHARE 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.
SHARE 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.
SHARE 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 16, 2016 Here's What Bernie Sanders Will Bring To The Democratic Convention
Sanders has significant support from the progressive wing of the Democratic coalition. During the campaign, Clinton claimed she is a progressive. Sanders is in the position to hold her and the party to the substantive meaning of that claim. There are many things Sanders can use his considerable leverage to get for progressives and working people.
(7 comments) SHARE Monday, November 26, 2012 Saying 'Fiscal Cliff' Is Taking Sides
The very term "fiscal cliff" misinforms and scares people. Some media outlets, like FOX News, exist to misinform and scare people. But responsible media outlets should try to help the public understand complicated issues, not help scare and misinform.
Any journalist using the propaganda phrase "fiscal cliff" is taking the side of misinforming and scaring.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, January 23, 2015 Environmental Groups Denounce Fast Track Trade Process
Trade negotiations are conducted in secret. Corporate representatives are part of the process, and the negotiators come from or expect to go into the corporate world. Stakeholders like environmental, consumer, labor, democracy, human rights, and other groups are excluded from the process. Once these agreements are finalized, a process known as "fast track" is used to push the agreement through.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 12, 2016 Taking On Predatory Payday Lenders In Florida
Debbie Wasserman Schultz has accepted tens-of-thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from these predators -- often within weeks of taking official actions to benefit the industry -- and is now working with radical conservatives to help gut the CFPB's efforts to stop the worst abuses of these payday lenders."
SHARE Monday, January 5, 2015 Republicans Announce Priority Is To Dance With The Ones That Brung 'Em
The Keystone Pipeline will move "up to 830,000 barrels" each day of Canadian tar sands oil to a U.S. port so it can be sold to China and elsewhere. It uses eminent domain to seize land from ranchers, and crosses sacred Native American land. It creates only 35 permanent U.S. jobs.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, April 8, 2016 Panama Papers Expose Another Way Our Trade Agreements Fail Us
"The silver lining in the Panama Papers scandal is that the world's attention is being focused on a global problem in which the wealthy and powerful act beyond the reach of law, playing by a different set of rules from the rest of us. Supporting legislation that supports more transparency would be a start.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 5, 2014 The Latest Lie: "Obamacare Kills 2 Million Jobs"
They just lie. How many times have Republicans been caught just lying in an effort to trick the public into supporting their efforts to drive down wages and otherwise push the country's income and wealth from We the People to A Few Wealthy People? When do We the People -- and the supposedly "responsible" media -- say "enough is enough"?
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, March 29, 2013 Surprising Studies Find DC Does What Wealthiest Want, Majority Opposes
While politicians act almost exclusively in the interests of the wealthy, many of them believe that the public is behind them. But the public is not behind them, and the wealthy-favoring policies that governments at all levels are enacting are hurting 99% of us, and the economy.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 19, 2016 Panama Trade Agreement: Was Tax Evasion The Point All Along?
It is time to reform our country's entire trade policy process. The result of our trade policies so far are tax evasion; jobs shipped out of the country; companies empowered to threaten workers with moving their jobs out of the country, if they ask for raises and benefits; corporations granted special courts with which to overrule regulations and protections. The point of the game is helping the wealthy and corporations.
SHARE Sunday, November 2, 2014 Tax-Dodging Deal Fails Thanks To Obama's Inversion Rules -- And Us
Politicians often don't know about a problem -- never mind fix it -- unless people organize and make their feelings known. When you sign an online petition, send an email and especially donate to a cause, it can make a real difference. In the case of companies "renouncing their citizenship" in order to dodge their taxes, it really did work.
(6 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 16, 2016 Is The Sanders Campaign "Going Negative"?
With the Republicans looking more and more like they are going to nominate Donald Trump, and with Ted Cruz running second it is vitally important to Democrats, the country and the world to win the November election. So will that take the old-style politics, or will the new issues-oriented politics take over? We will see between now and November and we had better be right.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 30, 2013 Republicans Moving From Obstruction To Outright Sabotage
Republicans are moving into outright sabotaging things that government does for people, like the new health-care plan, with election plans to campaign on the failure of government to do things for people. Public knowledge and understanding is to Republicans like garlic is to vampires. Increased public knowledge and understanding get in the way of their agenda.
SHARE Friday, December 11, 2015 GOP: TPP Doesn't Rig Rules, Destroy Sovereignty Enough
TPP? Don't let these "conservative" politicians pretend they are for anything except rigging the rules for the giant corporations and billionaires that fund their campaigns, and hire them at lucrative, obscene reward-salaries after they leave office.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 12, 2016 Supreme Court Appears Ready To Bankrupt Public-Employee Unions
Ordinary people can't lobby the Supreme Court, but together we can change the political and cultural climate that the Supreme Court operates in as it makes its ruling. We can send a message that working people do not accept an economy in which they cannot organize together to fight for fair wages, working conditions and the ability to do their jobs effectively.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 21, 2015 Shouldn't Social Security Recipients Get A CEO-Sized Raise?
This bill forces politicians to choose between seniors and CEOs. This needs to be publicly debated so people can see where their representatives and senators stand before the next election. This should be a no-brainer for Democratic politicians who are on the side of seniors, disabled veterans and others who are not CEOs. Ask your representative, senators and favorite presidential candidate: Which side are they on?
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 2, 2011 Jobs Fix Deficits
If the American Majority is much more concerned about jobs than deficits, will the Republican strategy of making things worse now to make things better for Republicans later really work?
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 15, 2015 This Postal Banking Petition Is Important
We need a nonprofit "public option" for banking. If the USPS expanded into postal banking this would provide people with affordable, consumer-driven, basic financial services ranging from paycheck cashing and bill payment to savings accounts and small-dollar loans. Postal Banking Is A No-Brainer
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 31, 2014 Obama's "Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order"
President Obama's executive order cracks down on federal contractors who break hiring, health and safety, and wage laws. It also prohibits employers from requiring mandatory arbitration agreements with employees of federal contractors, in order that workers can get their day in an actual court instead of being forced to appear in front of an arbitrator picked and paid for.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 16, 2016 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, April 22, 2016 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.
SHARE Thursday, January 7, 2016 Why You Should Pay Attention To The "Friedrichs" Supreme Court Case
because unions engage in the activity of fighting for better wages, rights, and protection, therefore the "rights" of those who would deny people those things are put at risk if unions are funded. Assisting unions in this mission by paying this fee thereby violates the free speech of those who support concentrated wealth and power.
(7 comments) SHARE Friday, February 12, 2016 When Government "Saves Money" And Gets "Smaller," We All Lose
Government is supposed to be We the People making decisions about how to make our lives better. Do we really want a "smaller" ability to make decisions about how to make our lives better? Do we really want to "cut" the ways we make each other's lives better? There is often a good reason for those "big government" budgets.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 5, 2015 When Trade Theories Confront The Real World, The Real World Wins
Our country has an enormous, humongous trade deficit and has run continual trade deficits every single year since the late 1970s when "free markets" and "free trade" ideology came to dominate. This is because we follow an economic theory ideology, and other countries look at reality and adjust. So they win.
SHARE Saturday, July 27, 2013 Republicans Sabotaging, Not Governing -- This Is Who They Are Now
Republicans are willing to shut down the government unless their demands are met. They are about sabotaging the program and sabotaging all of government to make that happen. Remember they were willing to destroy the world's economy unless their demands were met. Remember that they have actually shut down government to get what they want. This is who they are now.
SHARE Saturday, October 17, 2015 Obama Should Make Corporations Disclose Their Political Spending
Currently corporations can put unlimited amounts of money into our elections, and keep that money secret. Obviously there is at least the appearance of corruption here, if not flat-out bribery going on. But there is no way for the public to know because there is no way to follow the money.
SHARE Saturday, April 2, 2016 Trade Shapes Wisconsin Primary
Speaking at rallies in Wisconsin Sanders is telling audiences that trade deals like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China (PNTR) have helped close almost 60,000 factories and cost 4.7 million manufacturing jobs just since 2001. Wisconsin lost more than 113,000 jobs to free trade in that period.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, June 17, 2016 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, October 18, 2013 Republicans Have Done Real Damage to the Economy
What will the damage be next time, and how can we fight it? Yesterday's "deal" only puts off the fight for a few months. With more of this on the horizon, companies will be hesitant to hire or invest. Consumers will remain wary and distrustful. Republicans still have one power: the power to destroy. And they will use that power until we take it away from them.
SHARE Wednesday, November 4, 2015 What To Look For When the Trans-Pacific Partnership Text Is Released
TPP was negotiated through a corporate-dominated process, with representatives of labor, environmental, consumer, human rights and other "stakeholder" groups largely kept away from the table. The negotiations were conducted in secret and the results have been kept secret.
(8 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 29, 2014 Does Inequality Just Happen?
This is a moment to think about how we got here, and why we let things happen this way. This is a moment to realize that things do not have to be the way they are, and that we can change what is happening to us for the better. Even if we indeed have become a country that only does what CEO types want done, We the People can change that, too.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 15, 2015 Will TPP Set Back LGBT Rights?
To keep the TPP viable, the State Department changed its designation of Malaysia as a country involved in slavery, making that problem disappear. Will the U.S. throw LGBT rights under the bus the way it threw the fight against slavery under the bus, so that corporations can get TPP? We will have to wait and see.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, December 21, 2015 Lack Of Public Options Shows How The Economy Gets Rigged Against Us
We have been through decades of "privatization" -- turning public services over to private enterprise. They lay off the well-paid, unionized public employees and hire people at minimum wage. This cuts the tax base, hits local businesses, and forces foreclosures. On top of that, minimum-age employees require public services like food stamps just to get by.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 7, 2015 Bottom Line: Does the TPP Trade Deal "Put American Workers First"?
This is going to take time and experts to figure out. Worse, it was negotiated in a corporate-dominated process, so if TPP is approved we have to assume that anything that is hard to understand or ambiguous will later be used to justify taking from We the People and giving to A Few People. It is a bad deal and it must be stopped.
SHARE 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 8, 2016 Auto Bailout Controversy: "Gotcha" Politics vs. Building Trust
Many voters are tired of this "old-style" politics of misleading voters in order to gain votes at any cost. They prefer to hear accurate information and real policy discussion that addresses the country's real problems. This is part of the reason Sanders' campaign is drawing such enthusiasm.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 21, 2015 Clinton vs Sanders vs O'Malley On Fixing Banking
Which Democratic candidate will take on the banks? They all have proposals that increase regulation and give voice to breaking up the biggest banks. But will their administrations enforce those as well as existing regulations if elected? It all comes down to trust. Which candidate do you trust to regulate the big banks and bring in people who will enforce the rules?
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 14, 2016 Clinton's Pre-Iowa Assault On Sanders' Medicare-For-All Plan
Sanders is campaigning on what the country should be doing. Clinton is now campaigning on why she should be president instead of on what she would do as president. She is trying to turn people against Sanders instead of winning them over to her. She is using misrepresentations and deceptions, not serious and constructive policy disputes. This should be rejected by voters.
SHARE Monday, November 16, 2015 Saturday's Democratic Debate: Does 9/11 Justify Wall Street Donations?
The debate was best for O'Malley, possibly, but unlikely to raise his polling. Sanders reached his stride after the section on terrorism. Clinton's invoking of 9/11 to justify Wall Street donations and speaking fees is likely to hurt her standing with the Democrats who will decide who their candidate will be.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, October 14, 2013 Republicans Filibuster Debt-Ceiling Hike, Few Outlets Report This
Republicans filibustered to obstruct raising the debt ceiling Saturday. The bill to raise the debt ceiling received 53 votes in favor and 45 against, with every Republican senator voting to filibuster. Democracy depends on citizens being informed so they know what is going on and who to hold accountable. Almost no news outlets even reported this to the public. Our major "news" outlets are letting democracy down.
SHARE Wednesday, September 3, 2014 Eric Cantor Goes To His Reward
Cantor will receive a huge, fat, lucrative, awe-inspiring, 1-percent-making, mansion-jet-and-yacht-buying, zillion-figure paycheck from his Wall Street/corporate constituents. He will become board member, vice chairman and managing director of investment bank Moelis & Co.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 9, 2014 Tell The Senate: Support The Amendment To Undo Citizens United
Americans understand that the big money system shuts them out of the process and advances the agendas of billionaires and corporations. Now only special interests are heard from, because their money is deciding elections. This has a direct effect on people's lives. This corporate/billionaire money is the reason Republicans are obstructing an increase in the minimum wage.
SHARE Monday, March 14, 2016 What's The Problem With "Free Trade"?
Trade deals mean the biggest multinational companies get bigger and more multinational -- at the expense of all the other companies. This includes enabling non-U.S. corporations to come to the U.S. and take over markets already served by smaller companies here.
SHARE Monday, October 5, 2015 Don't Put Privatizer And Payday Lender Lobbyist On The USPS Board
Privatization might at first appear to "save" the USPS some money but we now know the costs. These savings are realized from laying off people with good wages and replacing them with low-to-minimum wage employees. The rest of us pick up the cost of this as bankruptcies and foreclosures devastate the communities where the laid-off workers live, and taxpayers provide assistance to them and their low-wage replacements.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 28, 2015 Even If Sandra Bland Did Commit Suicide...
The jail obviously did not take precautions to protect this woman in their care and under their protection from committing suicide -- or being murdered. It really makes no difference. Sandra Bland was not treated like a citizen and the police did not act like the guardians and protectors of the public.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 5, 2016 Enormous, Humongous January Trade Deficit Hits Jobs, Wages
The trade deficit is a metric for jobs leaking out of the economy, which causes wages to stagnate. The continuing trade deficit is the reason that Friday's February jobs report showed that manufacturing lost 16,000 jobs.
(8 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 3, 2008 McCain's Ad Says Obama Anti-Christ?
SOME parts of the religious right are serious about this idea that Obama is the "anti-Christ." McCain's new ad reinforces this. Is it intnetional?
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, October 26, 2015 Yet Another Secret Trade Deal -- Are We Citizens Or Subjects?
In addition to the notorious Trans-Pacific Partnership, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is negotiating another secret trade deal. This one is a trade, investment, and governance agreement with the European Union (EU) called the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Once again, everything is secret -- at least on the U.S. side.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 4, 2016 Sanders Vows To Kill TPP If Elected. Will Clinton?
The gauntlet has been thrown down. Sanders has vowed to kill the TPP if elected. Clinton says she is opposed but has said she will not ask others to vote against it. But the TPP will be terribly destructive of jobs and wages. It will worsen the terrible inequality that is killing the middle class. Will Clinton vow to kill the TPP if elected?
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, February 2, 2015 Obama Budget Signals End Of Austerity, Return Of Sanity
President Obama has submitted a budget proposal that (finally) signals a break from cuts and austerity. It largely pushes in the right direction. Republicans will oppose it -- even the parts they agree with. This budget pushes the country back toward sanity. This budget takes many steps in the right direction. But the Republican Congress will block it.
SHARE Tuesday, August 18, 2015 Bernie Sanders Proposes To Boost Worker-Ownership Of Companies
Why should our system be designed to work only for the already wealthy and encourage business models that squeeze workers, customers, communities, the environment and our country? It is time to take a serious look at the ways our government could work for We the People by helping us to start and buy out companies and otherwise invest in worker-owned businesses.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, April 16, 2010 A Tax Trick That Forces Companies to Close Factories
There are no natural limits to the destructiveness of corporate competitiveness. If our government "encourages" companies like Whirlpool to make decisions which are destructive to American communities, they will do so in their pursuit of profits. We & Congress on our behalf must establish rules regarding a fair competitive environment.
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 6, 2009 Tax Brackets
Beginning a discussion of taxes, this starts to explain some basics and clear up some misunderstandings.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 11, 2016 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?
SHARE Thursday, February 25, 2016 Small Change In TPP Text Yields Big Results For Some
TPP was written in the first place to favor the interest of the giant, multinational corporations over other corporations and the rest of us. But apparently for some even that wasn't enough. To get it approved, small concessions were made. Now even those seem to be disappearing behind the scenes.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 8, 2015 Clinton's Opposition To TPP Marks "A Critical Turning Point"
With the perverse way that Republicans govern, Clinton opposing TPP (and big corporate dollars thrown their way) could actually drive more Republicans to vote for it. Meanwhile, many of the Democrats who voted for fast track likely did so because of corporate donor influence and hopes for lucrative lobbying jobs when they leave office. That isn't very likely to change between now and the TPP vote.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 16, 2015 Will Trump Be The Reasonable One In The Debate Bunch Tonight?
For decades that Republican Party has run a game in which they get votes by feeding "red meat" to "the base" and then, once in office, pass tax cuts for the rich and grant favors for giant corporations while cutting the things government does to make people's lives better.
SHARE Tuesday, November 17, 2015 What About Beirut?
What about Beirut? What is it about the people in Beirut -- and Baghdad and Syria and so many other places under attack by ISIS -- that makes them somehow different from the people in Paris, somehow less worthy of our attention and empathy and solidarity? ISIS is at war with humanity, and those of us who are human should express our sympathy for and solidarity with all humans suffering these attacks.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 10, 2015 Japan Proves TPP Won't Fix a Key Trade Problem: Currency Manipulation
"Currency manipulation" is the term for what happens when a country takes steps to make its currency worth less than functioning markets would price it. Some countries manipulate their currencies to make them "weak" so they can get more business and employ more people than they would if markets were setting the correct currency rates.
SHARE Saturday, September 12, 2015 NEWS FLASH: Labor Membership Boosts Incomes, Families And Economy
Organized wealth is winning. Public policy increasingly supports wealth over working people. Unions are in decline, public investment is in decline, income inequality is rising. Even in times of political domination by Democrats, such as the early years of the Obama administration, little is done to reverse these policies and help working people.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, March 21, 2016 Fact-Check This: Arrogance Of Elites Helps Drive The Trump Phenomenon
For some time now most of the people in this country have been under economic pressure. Pay is not going up very much or at all, while living costs keep rising. One recent statistic stands out -- 63 percent of Americans would have difficulty raising $500 to cover an emergency, like a sudden need for car repair so they can get to work.
SHARE Tuesday, October 15, 2013 Don't Kick The Can Down The Road
Republicans should fund the government and promise not to ever, ever do this again. To prove they mean it they should repeal the law requiring a vote to raise the debt ceiling. We the People have taken away all of the power of the Republicans except one -- the power to destroy. We have to take that power away from them, not just kick it down the road.
SHARE 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.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, October 19, 2015 The Dem Debate Was Good For The Country. Let's Have More Of Them
The first debate was great for the country, the party -- and Clinton. So how about we stop the nonsense and schedule plenty of debates, in prime time on weekdays, and let the country know that there is something available besides Trump and obstruction.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 9, 2013 Republicans Say "My Way And No Highways"
Republicans are refusing to do their part in governing the country. They say "do it our way or we won't let anything get done at all." As a result We the People are on our own. We get no jobs programs, and no infrastructure: no dams, roads, bridges, high-speed rail or even highways. It's "My way and no highways."
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 10, 2008 Republicans Just Lie -- It's What They DO
Never mind the consequences: war, ten trillion dollars in debt, the financial system breaking down, the ice caps melting, people losing pensions and health care and houses and jobs... Look away! Never mind that! Obama tried to force kindergartners to take sex education --- even if he didn't.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 21, 2012 Reviving And Strengthening U.S. Manufacturing
Our manufacturing sector has been bleeding out of our country along with the money.
This problem of the loss of manufacturing -- and its jobs and factories and industries -- has been building for decades but in the Bush years it reached a crescendo. We lost 54,000-plus factories, and 1/3 of all of our manufacturing jobs.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 5, 2016 Will Voter Suppression Skew Wisconsin Primary Results?
As a result of voter-suppression efforts as many as 300,000 Wisconsin citizens who are eligible and registered to vote but don't have the correct ID could be affected. While the laws target groups that tend to vote more for Democrats than Republicans, it is unclear how this will affect Tuesday's Democratic primary results. Who gains and who loses from this?
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 6, 2015 Enormous, Humongous August Trade Deficit Welcomes TPP
The enormous, humongous and ongoing trade deficit, month after month, year after year, drags down our economy. Yet our news media is barely informing the public of the relationship between the trade deficit and our economic woes. Now that the TPP is coming to the Congress, will the major media bring these issues closer to the front of the political discussion?
SHARE Sunday, March 18, 2012 The So-Called "JOBS Act": Crowd-funding Good, Deregulation Bad
The Senate is considering the House-passed, typically-misnamed "JOBS Act." This act dramatically cuts regulations and disclosure requirements for companies that want to sell stock. As written it opens the door to the usual scammers, fleecers and fraudsters that feast on deregulation.
SHARE Wednesday, October 2, 2013 Conservatives Celebrate Shutdown Of Government They Hate
Have you ever wondered what is going through the head of a suicide bomber at the moment he or she hits the trigger button? Just spend some time reading conservative blogs and media as they encourage each other to blow up the government. Let's hope this fever subsides before the debt ceiling is reached.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, February 5, 2007 Long-Term Strategic Narrative: Liberals Hate Christians
Using a right-wing piece claiming liberals hate Christians as an example, this post discusses how conservatives tie current events into a larger strategic narrative to influence the public.
Progressive should learn from this. They should learn to "always add the 'because.'"
SHARE Tuesday, March 1, 2016 Supreme Obstruction
Republicans won't consider the President's budget? Won't consider a Supreme Court nominee -- any nominee? Won't allow important bills to pass? Won't allow important governmental posts to be filled? Won't allow important government functions to be adequately funded? Dismantle important state agencies? It's like Republicans are saying, "No, we're not going to let you have your constitutional government."
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 11, 2007 The Escalation
Surge is a focus-group word, designed to sell an escalation of the war. It is ALWAYS about appearances and political strategies not reality or the good of the country with this crowd.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 5, 2013 Here's A Fresh, New Idea: Hire Some People To Fix Infrastructure!
Not hiring people to fix the infrastructure now is intentional. It's about keeping unemployment high and taxes on the wealthy low. Desperate, hungry people don't ask for raises, and don't demand their rights. They'll take any nasty, humiliating, low-wage job they can find and will be told they should be thankful to have it.
SHARE Wednesday, March 30, 2016 Teacher Union Case Underscores The Importance Of The Supreme Court
It was expected that the Court would rule 5-4 against the unions. However, today's announcement of a 4-4 tie in the absence of Scalia means a lower court ruling in the unions' favor will stand. The Friedrichs case came to the Supreme Court from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which had ruled permitting the fair share fee. The tie vote means the 9th Circuit Court's ruling and the 1977 Supreme Court ruling will stand.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 20, 2007 The Reach Of Blogs
Progressive blogs reach progressives. Right-wingers are part of a noise machine that reaches the general public.
SHARE Wednesday, November 19, 2008 Post-election at the Election Protection Wiki
As policymakers look back at the 2008 election they will need well-
researched sources of background information. The Election Protection
Wiki serves as a hub where they will either find the information
directly or be directed to the organization or site that has it.
Here are ways that you can help:
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 14, 2007 Is Your Money Safe?
Pay attention to this: The "mortgage meltdown" and "credit crunch" could mean that you can not get your money out of money-market funds. It already means that for some.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 19, 2008 Watching Freedom's Watch: A Classic Front Group
Just as John O'Neill received $50,000 in August 2004 from the Swift Boat Veterans For Truth and Admiral Roy Hoffman's foundation received $100,000 in early 2005, the people working for Freedom's Watch are not tireless grassroots advocates, they are paid professionals.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 12, 2009 Government
In a democracy we jointly make decisions about the best way to manage our affairs. So saying that corporations do things better is really an anti-democracy message -- that organizations run by a few wealthy elites telling everyone else what to do, with the benefits of everyone's work mostly going to those few at the top, is a better way to manage society than to have everyone making the decisions and sharing in the results.
SHARE Thursday, October 16, 2008 Call Out For Election Protection Wiki Help
The Election Protection Wiki needs more tipsters and volunteers to help build our library of reports of voter suppression, questionable voting machines and the like before Election Day!
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 16, 2007 Marketing Conservatism and Corporatism
"Conservatives and their ideas are good, liberals and their ideas are bad." You hear the message repeated a thousand different ways, over and over, every day. It is a strategy, an organized marketing campaign to create demand for conservatives, their policies and their candidates. Over time and unanswered, it sinks into the brain.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, June 4, 2007 Messiah-Candidate Thinking
No one candidate is going to lead us out of the wilderness. We still have a lot of work to do.
(7 comments) SHARE Monday, April 2, 2007 YearlyKos In August
The YearlyKos gathering is coming in August, in Chicago. Maybe you want to attend?
(5 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 2, 2008 Why Conservative Policies Dominate
Why does the public flock to conservative / corporate policies that generally run against their own interests? Take tax cuts for the rich, or the current offshore-drilling campaign as examples.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, January 12, 2007 Funding The Progressive Movement
Sure we won an election. But can we sustain it without a funded infrastructure of supporting organizations - like the Right has?
SHARE Wednesday, November 7, 2007 Such Is The Power of Propaganda
Something that "everyone knows" is also called "conventional wisdom." Once something becomes "conventional wisdom" it is extraordinarily difficult to shake people from believing it, true or not.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 20, 2007 She's In
Hillary is running. Does she have "baggage?" But remember that Kerry was "electable." By the time of the election we hated him. The right's $mear machine makes us hate our leaders.