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.
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.