Germany's economy, like China's, is geared toward exports. They engineer their economy in ways that bring in money from other countries, and then complain that those countries aren't cutting back enough. Are they just smarter than us?
Senate Democrats, there have been over 400 filibusters. What are you going to do about it? We the People want to know. We thought we had elections. We thought things were decided and the country could finally move forward.
According to the report state legislators across the country have launched an unprecedented series of initiatives aimed at lowering labor standards, weakening unions, and eroding workplace protections.
“Not one progressive group, including the labor movement, is going to be able to change the direction of the country on their own.” - United Steelworkers President Leo Gerard
Manufacturing jobs are important to any economy. But for some time our country has been neglecting manufacturing in favor of the financial sector. This week Senate Democrats introduced a package of 40 bills in an effort to turn this around.
In a democracy "government spending" is by definition money we spend to make our lives better. Plutocracy and its "market solutions" are about government doing things for people who have money.
Seriously, how much confidence do you have that Republicans are going to ease up, stop obstructing everything in the Congress with their Hastert Rule in the House and their filibusters in the Senate?
Did you think manufacturing was old-fashioned, dirty and low-skilled? Have you noticed how when you see a factory in a TV show it's an old, burnt-down building with broken windows?
There is a link between Republicans "protecting" against unions, and the country's high unemployment crisis that makes people desperate to take any job at any wage.
To many in the voting public, "entitlements" does not translate to "Social Security and Medicare." Rep. Paul Ryan and the Republicans understand this. This is why they talk about "reforming" something that is not understood.
Trade deficit = American jobs go away. Big, ongoing trade deficit = millions of US jobs go away. Enormous, humongous trade deficit = millions fewer jobs, poor economy, wage and income concentration...
In 2004 we gave in to hostage-taking and gave companies a tax holiday, and they broke the promise to create jobs. On top of that they started moving even more jobs and production and profit centers out of the country.
Democrats won the shutdown fight. Republicans lost and the public hates them and their ideas. Here is a guiding message Democrats should use from here on out: Jobs help the economy. Cuts hurt the economy.
If you think Repubicans have learned a lesson from their “defeat” over the shutdown and debt-ceiling hostage-taking, then you’re not paying attention to what they’re saying to each other. Here is a quick look around right-wing online media today.
Republicans believe that a bad economy works for them at election time. The thinking is that the public will turn on Democrats for not making things better. So they do what they can to make the economy bad. But maybe they went too far this time.
Let’s get ahead of their next round of destructive nonsense and push for JOBS. Let’s change the conversation to JOBS now, before they get back on their feet and start tearing things apart again.
The sequester cuts were supposed to have such a disastrous effect on the country and economy — and people— that “they wouldn’t really do that.” But they did that. Now many Republicans are celebrating the sequester cuts as an accomplishment.
Did you know that 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.
You might be hearing that some Democrats are "willing to make a deal" involving the "small" ($40 billion) medical device tax. It's a good idea to know what is going on -- especially the "offset" some are talking about.
Bad profits are what you get when you use tricks to bring a quick boost to quarterly profits, paid back with trouble later. For the Republican Party, this is that "later."
Wow! In just a day and a half we got more than 140,000 (and still rising fast) signatures on a petition to encourage Representatives to sign a “discharge petition” to force a vote to end the shutdown. Progressives are united.
The right-wing echo chamber has vilified food stamp users with a variety of absurd lies and myths. As a result, people will go hungry. .
Republicans already shut down the government they hate. Now they say they will force the government to default on its debt next week. Last week they said all of this was because of Obamacare.
This is the 100th anniversary of Ford's moving assembly line. The moving assembly line revolutionized manufacturing. The plant opened October 7, 1913 and one week later a Model T rolled off the line.
There are enough Republicans that could combine with Democrats to get the government back up and running, but Republican leadership will not allow them to vote.
MFG DAY addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t.
The government might be shut down, but the Trans-Pacific Partnership is still rolling toward us. House and Senate Democrats are getting worried. Many U.S. industries are now getting worried, too.
Shut down the government because you don’t like a law that lets people with pre-existing conditions purchase health insurance? Because of a law that insurance companies have to stop coming up with reasons not to pay for care when people get sick?
Republicans are exercising the one power that the American People have not yet been able to take away from them: the power to destroy. Conservatives are “giddy” over shutting down the government.
Crashing the government and economy because they don't like a law saying companies can’t deny insurance to people with pre-existing conditions? Who gave them the keys to the car again?
If you want to understand how we got to the point of a government shutdown, ask any Republican exactly what they would cut from the budget, and ask them to give actual dollar amounts of how much money that would "save."
Stop harming the economy. Budget cuts and the sequester are killing the economic recovery and jobs. Let's get back to funding government. Fortunately several top Dems agree.
After the last election Republicans have one power left: the power to destroy the country. They are threatening to use it to get what they want. And what they want is to reverse the results of the last election.
Almost no one knows that the number of filibusters in recent years approaches 400. People do not like obstruction and if they did know that obstruction is occurring, they would not like it one bit.
Never mind the Obamacare misdirection taking place in this budget battle. Don't let Republicans lock in the terrible and cruel “sequester” budget levels as the new budget base.