The trade deficit went up slightly in January, and as a result manufacturing jobs aren’t doing all that well. That’s because a trade deficit means that jobs move out of the country.
Simple message: The trade deficit costs jobs. Our budget deficit right now doesn't. This is a huge issue. Please ask your elected officials and candidates what they plan to do to fix it.
Again and again President Obama has proposed programs to help the economy and create jobs. Again and again these proposals have been obstructed by Republicans in Congress.
More than 40 organizations today called on the U.S. Trade Representative to let the public have a say in what rights foreign-based business interests have in our legal system.
A bill before Congress would give tax-dodging companies a break if they loan money to the government to fix infrastructure. This would make honest, patriotic companies that kept jobs in the U.S. look like suckers.
A report released by the Economic Policy Institute says we could create millions of new jobs and speed up economic growth if we act to end global currency manipulation. Simple as that.
Trade negotiators want to ban "Buy America" government procurement policies so companies like GE and Caterpillar can get more contracts in other countries. But GE and Caterpillar don't pay taxes here. So what we We the People get?
We know that the Trans-Pacific Partnership has an intellectual property section that will override government rules that limit the ability of giant corporations to trample the interests of smaller competitors and the public.
Here are five-plus examples of billionaires who use their money to try to get us to think what they want us to think in order to enact a right-wing economic agenda.
The Gap announces it will raise its minimum wage. Even Walmart is reconsidering. The minimum wage is moving forward because people want it, despite continuing Republican obstruction.
A new poll finds that voters overwhelmingly see unfair trade agreements and outsourcing as a main cause of our job problem – and they want our government to do something about it.
Vice President Joe Biden has reportedly told House Democrats the administration is backing off pushing fast track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The new progressive populism is having an effect.
We have to stop fast-track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Then we should take the momentum from that to demand Congress and President Obama instead fix NAFTA first.
President Obama today signs an executive order raising the minimum wage for federal contractors from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour. The order will also raise the "tipped" minimum wage to $4.90 from $2.13 an hour.
Advocates of the Trans-Pacific Partnership claim that trade adjustment assistance for displaced workers will make it OK for the people who lose their jobs. The record of "NAFTA-style" trade agreements says otherwise.
Democrats and a few moderately-sane Republicans will formalize what everyone has known all along: It is illegitimate to put conditions on the vote to increase the debt ceiling.
An estimated 80,000 people showed up to march on the capitol in Raleigh, N.C. Saturday. But you wouldn't know it if you live outside the area. The country's big, corporate media didn't inform their audiences.
There were 21,000 new manufacturing jobs in this report. At that rate President Obama won't make it to his goal of 1 million new manufacturing jobs in his second term.
Think about this: If companies making and doing things here inside the U.S. had received orders for another $471.5 billion in goods and services, how do you think our economy would be doing?
How many times have Republicans been caught trying to trick the public into supporting driving down wages and otherwise pushing the country's income and wealth from We the People to a Few Wealthy People?
Senate Republicans have been using the filibuster to block the extension of long-term unemployment benefits. As far as ransoms go, this is about the best deal Democrats might get.
Activists across the country responded to a State Department report that might help give the Keystone XL pipeline the go-ahead. See a collection of pictures and news reports here.
The Forward Together Moral Movement has called for thousands of people to assemble at the N.C. state capitol on Feb. 8 for a Moral March to protest the extremist policies enacted by the state government last year.
The plan President Obama mentioned briefly during Tuesday's State of the Union speech to promote manufacturing hubs would be undermined by his desire to fast-track the Trans-Pacific Partnership through Congress.
President Obama will announce a big raise to more than a million low-wage employees of federal contractors. This will provide a boost to between 1 and 2 million workers, but also a boost to their local economies.
We have been in a "global" world since the first camel crossed a border or the first sailing ship crossed a sea. Why does a "flattened world" mean we have to lower wages and pollution standards now?
Today 564 organizations released a joint letter to Congress opposing fast-track trade promotion authority. The organizations cover the entire field of what would be considered President Obama's "base."
The corporate/conservative machine is grinding out propaganda against raising the minimum wage. Here is how to respond to five of the most common propaganda points they’re trying to trick us with.
The threat alone does damage. And they know that. And then they make the threat that does the damage. At what point does it become clear that harming the economy is the idea?
Republicans smell an election opportunity – but only if they can keep the economy down, jobs down and wages down. Republicans are betting that voters will blame the "party in power," which means the party of the president.
The White House is pushing hard for "fast track" trade promotion authority, to help push through the Trans-Pacific Partnership and other upcoming "trade" agreements. Fortunately few Democrats are falling for this.
Our international competitors have national manufacturing strategies. They see themselves as countries, and they compete with us as if we were a country. But we do not respond as a country, so they win.
ANY objection to a bill that supposedly is about stopping sexual predators is described as an effort to help sexual predators. This is one of the oldest propaganda techniques in the book.
After years of “privatization” and outsourcing, the government now contracts out a lot of work to companies that pay really, really low wages for jobs that when they were “government jobs” used to provide good pay and benefits.
Letting Republicans filibuster and obstruct everything enables their economic sabotage. Democrats are complicit in this strategy of economic sabotage because they let it continue.
I was on the Nicole Sandler show recently talking about the one-sided trade agreements we've been tricked into and the damage they do to the economy. It's also quite entertaining.
Senate Republicans Monday continued to fight Democratic efforts to pass an extension of federal unemployment insurance benefits for people who have been out of work longer than 26 weeks.
In all of 2013, manufacturers added 77,000 new workers. It won't be much better in 2014 unless Congress and the Obama administration get their collective acts together.
The 2012 trade deficit was $540 billion. Imagine how many people would have been hired and how our economy would grow if OUR country's factories and businesses had that $540 billion of orders in 2012. That's what this is about.