A report from In the Public Interest highlights some of the horror stories that happen when local and state governments “outsource” or “privatize” public functions, and recommends ways to avert future disasters.
The reasons behind the fall in the trade deficit in November hint that the economy might be getting better. But our trade deficits are still large, and cost us lost jobs and prosperity.
Obscuring the number of filibusters that have occurred enables a strategy of economic sabotage. If the public was told about the obstruction that is occurring democracy might have a chance to work its magic.
There is no momentum for these "trade" agreements that favor corporate rights. They are engineered to pit American workers and our democracy against low-wage workers in non-democracies.
Federal unemployment assistance for 1.3 million people who have been unemployed longer than 26 weeks expired last Saturday, after Republicans blocked efforts to extend them. 3.6 million more people will lose these benefits over this year.
NAFTA was not just a "trade" agreement. Trade agreements focus on cutting tariffs and easing quotas and barriers to goods moving across borders. The report points out that NAFTA was much more, giving corporations special rights.
Polls show the Americans overwhelmingly support extending this assistance and Democrats are launching a full-on effort to get them to come around and help their fellow citizens.
In a few days long-term unemployment benefits will run out, in spite of the "budget deal." After this assistance runs out, only one-in-four unemployed people will be getting unemployment benefits.
You've probably heard the right's messaging that people have "lost" their health insurance because of Obamacare. But you haven't been hearing about the millions upon millions upon millions of people who have been helped.
NAFTA has cost about 700,000 jobs. The recent Korea-U.S. trade agreement has already cost 40,000 jobs. "Trade" with China has cost us jobs, factories and entire industries. Now we're about to "fast track" one more bad trade deal.
There is a steamroller coming. Republicans have to decide: Will they allow this minimum-wage increase to happen or will they try to obstruct it and run in 2014 as opponents of fair pay for working people?
Republicans have been engaged in a strategy to convince (scare people into believing) people there is something called “voter fraud.” They are doing this so they can follow up with legislation that keeps lots of people from voting at all.
Here are six examples that show how the new Ryan/Republican compassionate conservatism campaign is really nothing more than freshly applied, prime-smelling bullpucky.
Under every previous President government spending and hiring propped up the economy until recovery was underway. Republicans as well as Democrats understood this is how it has to be done. Until now.
Leo nailed the key point about the trade deals we have gotten ourselves into. We have not yet found ourselves in a good, balanced trade deal. In all of the trade deals we have made, the country has lost money and has lost jobs.
Did the "stimulus" work? Republicans claim the stimulus was a failure, a waste of money, and was the reason the deficit soared. So let's see what happened. And I do mean "see."
Why should Democrats hold out and demand a continuation of unemployment benefits? Because if Republicans force another shutdown, it's game over for them – and they know it.
Today is a national day of action to support public education. Across the country parents, educators and more than 100 community groups are coming together for this National Day of Action.
Fast Track should be as much of an electoral test for progressives as Social Security is. Progressives have to make this a line that cannot be crossed. This is about democracy vs big-corporate dominance of our economy and society.
The US has run trade deficits since the late 1970s. Did the trade deficit cause the "decoupling" of wages and productivity that led to the decline of our middle class?
Ever since the Reagan tax cuts the country has been deferring essential maintenance. Everyone said, "If you do this, later you'll be sorry." Now it's later, and we're really sorry.
The right way to cut spending on government assistance is to decrease the need for that assistance, not cut assistance for those in need. Raising the minimum wage boosts the economy and cuts government spending on food stamps and other programs.
Will the media whip the public up into a fit over the terrible state of the nation's infrastructure? What about the millions of unemployed (and how they could get jobs if we start fixing the infrastructure)? Fat chance.
This is that time of year when newspapers bother to write about how there are hungry people in America. But this year is special. As the recession drags on for the non-1%, cuts in Food Stamps have completely swamped the capacity of food banks.
Congress is again fighting over the budget with Republicans demanding cuts in federal employee benefits. Is this really about the budget? Or is it about destroying government? Meanwhile hundreds of billions of taxes owed remain uncollected.
Last week Senate Democrats (finally) started to change the game by changing the filibuster rules. What happens next? With the right changes we could finally get progressive legislation passed, like expanding Social Security.
The strategy is clear: obstruct everything, make government fail, then run against failure. Cause the problem and present yourself as the solution to the problem.
In America who is the boss of who? Are company CEOs the boss of We the People? In Switzerland the voters made it clear. Here we can't even enforce a law requiring companies to disclose the ratio of CEO to worker pay.
There is a certain credibility that comes from academic-sounding "studies" and "reports" from actual "institutes." But in this case the self-serving "reports" come from what appear to be corporate PR and lobbying firms, not real think tanks.
Wall Street and corporate conservatives have the money to scare people into worrying about the wrong deficit, but it is the trade deficit that is the problem that is holding back the economy.
If this agreement becomes law it will fundamentally alter the relationship between our government, other governments and giant multinational corporations. But the only reason we get to even read it at all is because it was leaked to Wikileaks.
Polls and elections show that an "overwhelming" majority of Americans want the minimum wage increased. But Republicans in the House and Senate will obstruct this.
Giant corporations are asking Congress to give up its constitutional obligation to consider and amend a trade treaty that requires our country to give up its sovereignty. Many Republicans don't appear to be falling for this one.
"We the People." How many of us have really thought through the implications of these three words? Can people today even imagine a government that is on the side of We the People?
Selling a country's seed corn can make you a huge pile of cash, and you'll have a private jet to fly to your own private island so you don't have to worry about what comes next.
Often elections yield ambiguous results. Sometimes this is even intentional. The NJ vote makes it clear that We the People want the minimum wage increased. And it points the way to winning in 2014 and 2016.
The current filibuster rules are being used to thwart the will of We the People. Republicans have abused it to obstruct everything. The solution is not to not kill the filibuster. Just make them talk.
Everyone agrees fixing our infrastructure will help the economy now and in the future, and will create jobs. But Republicans in Congress refuse to. Why? Because doing so will help the economy now and in the future, and will create jobs.