Europe's governments are learning that spending cuts slowed economic growth and actually increased deficits. Meanwhile, America's "Great Recession" also drags on thanks to cutbacks in government spending.
Trade is supposed to be balanced. Instead we have been running continuing trade deficits since the late 1970s. A former assistant Commerce secretary has offered a new plan for balancing trade.
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.
Corporate tax rates used to top out at 52.8 percent. They are now 35 percent. Now they want rates lowered even more. But are corporate tax rates really "uncompetitive?" And what does that even mean?
The idea of American corporations renouncing their citizenship to get out of paying for the services that they will still be using has pushed public opinion over the edge.
Cato and Reason have been sounding the alarm about the militarization of our police departments and the potential consequences. But there have also been plenty of “liberal” and other sources trying to raise awareness of this issue as well.
The economy is improving and the behind-the-scenes numbers that economists and business types pour over look better than they have looked in a long time. But the voters Democrats need just aren't feeling this.
What's the old Republican saying? "When I vote for a Republican, I want the real thing. I accept no substitutes." What's the old Democrat saying? "If I can't find a real Democrat to vote for I guess I'll just stay home."
Problem: Your right-wing brother-in-law is plugged into the Fox-Limbaugh lie machine and keeps sending you emails about "Obama spending" and "Obama deficits." Here are three "reality-based" charts to send to him.
As Yogi Berra says, "If something is unsustainable, it can't be sustained." At some point consumers will no longer be able to consume. But that will not occur in this quarter, which is what matters to Wall Street.
A Republican Senate candidate comes out against the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Two open letters from members of Congress question it. A former WTO director-general warns about it. And there are actions you can take.
Walgreens has announced that it won't do an "inversion" that will enable it to cut its corporate taxes by renouncing its U.S. citizenship. But we still need to deter other companies from going that route.
A great way to bring tons of manufacturing and other jobs to the economy would be to just fix our infrastructure. We have to do this anyway, and it gets more expensive every day that we wait to get started.
The President's 'Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order' cracks down on federal contractors who break hiring, health and safety, and wage laws. This will make a difference to a lot of people.
This is actually a big deal because it means that McDonalds' low-wage employees can start going after the larger company for things like wage theft and ultimately could organize themselves into a union.
A Senate bill to stop subsidies to companies to help them move jobs and production out of the country was filibustered Wednesday by Senate Republicans. Will we know who paid to kill this bill?
Employees working at the Ronald Reagan Building, the Pentagon, the Air and Space Museum, and the National Zoo are representative of almost 2 million low-wage private sector workers under federal contract.
Should an iPhone made in China and sold in England be counted as a U.S.-made manufacturing export? If a proposal to change the way our trade deficit is measured sneaks through, this is exactly what will happen.
Their headquarters, executives, operations, employees, customers and everything else stay here. They still use our courts and roads, etc. The only thing that changes is the taxes they pay.
Far-right groups said that the American government securing necessary materials for American companies to manufacture is "interference with the free market." Seriously, are they funded by China?
You absolutely have to watch this speech by Rev. William Barber at Netroots Nation, in which he talks about the moral roots of our progressive fight for equality and justice.
Here are five companies – only a handful of the total – that have or are trying to renounce their U.S. citizenship to avoid paying taxes to help cover the benefits they receive.
When these companies and the billionaires behind them don't pay their taxes, guess who has to make up the difference — or suffer the cutbacks in the things government does to make our lives better?
At Netroots Nation, Rep. Dan Kildee showed he "gets it" about manufacturing. "Facts should invade a conversation [about] this 20-year experiment with unbalanced trade agreements. We need to hold Democrats' feet to the fire."
Fighting back against a rigged system was the theme of Elizabeth Warren's rousing speech to Netroots Nation. Inside the hall, "Ready for Warren" hats and signs were everywhere.
Responding to chanters interrupting his speech, Vice President Joe Biden asks, "can you imagine the pain and anxiety" of children living under the fear of their parents' deportation?
China's currency needs to rise all the way to the appropriate market level. The result will be U.S.-made goods becoming more competitive in world markets, so jobs and factories return.
The idea is to tax corporations based on where sales are made, not where profits are reported. If a company has 50 percent of its sales in the U.S., the U.S. would tax 50 percent of its worldwide profits.
The National Women's Law Center is asking you to: Tell Congress to support the Protect Women's Health From Corporate Interference Act and protect birth control access for all women, no matter where they work.
Walgreens receives a quarter of its revenue from health care programs funded by U.S. taxpayers, but is considering renouncing its U.S. "citizenship" to avoid paying taxes for the U.S. services it uses and customers it gets.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement is being negotiated right now. Members of Congress held a press conference to explain what it must include before it can be approved.
Ask your local candidates for Congress if they understand what a trade deficit is, how large it is, how it affects jobs and the economy and what they intend to do about it.
Discussions between the US and China take place this week, while US companies run ads opposing democracy in Hong Kong.
Corporate Republicans want to continue the operation of the Export-Import Bank because it helps companies sell their products outside of the U.S. The “Tea Party” Republicans want to shut it down. What is going on?
The workers can still join unions. They can still collectively bargain. The union is still their sole bargaining agent. They just don't have to pay for the union's services because that violates their "free speech."
Democrats running for office should pay attention to this survey. Americans are hungry for "populist" solutions that help regular working Americans and are tired of a political system that rigs the game for the already-rich.
At parades, picnics and farmers markets during the 4th of July recess, people will make the case against the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the "fast track" process, and ask members of Congress where they stand.
It is “crony capitalism” only if it is benefiting cronies. It is corporate welfare only if it helps corporations at the expense of the rest of us. The Export-Import Bank helps businesses and workers.
Democrats, Republicans and Tea Party members all get it that jobs are being shipped out of the country. If Democrats want a simple jobs plan, this is it: Fix the trade deficit.
Inside of every country and every system there are competing interests. Investors want their own currency to be strong at any given time and manufacturers want their own currency to be weak at any given time.