The China Currency Battle

As Chinese President Hu Jintao visits Washington one subject being discussed is China’s currency manipulation. China keeps its currency “weak” because it mean goods made in China have a huge […]

Filibuster Make Them Talk

The Senate is considering reforming the rules for filibusters. In the last few years the filibuster has been used so frequently that it is now conventional wisdom that “it takes […]

Why No Right To A Job

Note: See also Isaiah Poole’s We Need An Unemployed People’s Campaign Why don’t we all have a right to a job? Who is our country and our economy for? The […]

Trade Deficit Lower But

Good news: Trade Deficit in U.S. Unexpectedly Narrows to 10-Month Low The U.S. trade deficit unexpectedly shrank in November as growing global demand and a weaker dollar help boost overseas […]

The Retirement Age Is Too Damn High

The D.C. elite insist that the retirement age should be raised even more than the current 67. They have jobs where they sit in nice chairs behind nice desks in […]

A Great Healing Speech

Thank you, Mr. President.. You can watch the President’s speech at the memorial in Tuscon here: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Pension Envy

Since the 80s many employers have stopped offering health care, pensions and other benefits to their employees. Many are also cutting pay and hours, while increasing the workload. So more […]

Tea Party Betrayed On Spending Cuts

The Tea Party membership is being set up for yet another huge betrayal by the DC Republican establishment. The members had very clear expectations that specific spending cuts would fix […]

America Needs An Industrial Policy

Over the weekend Daily Kos ran a front-page story, America needs an industrial policy, making the point that Germany is doing well because their government understands that a national policy […]

Conservatives Claim Unions Caused NY Snow Jam

The right’s propaganda machine begins with a simple narrative, repeats it endlessly, and then ties current events to the narrative to drive the point home. The corporate/conservative right are currently […]

Ten Holiday Attacks On Public Employees

If you haven’t already noticed, there is a corporate/conservative campaign underway to convince the public that public employees are living high on the taxpayer’s dime and should have their pay […]

Corporations Dont Do Bad Things People Do

Are there “good” companies and “bad” companies? No, there are just companies, and companies don’t have moral characteristics any more than a chair does. Here is something to understand about […]

We CAN Protect Social Security

There are rumors that President Obama is going to ask for cuts in Social Security in his State of the Union speech. We have 4 weeks to stop him. People, […]

Its (Still) The Economic Paradigm Stupid

Yesterday I wrote that the President may have sacrificed his long-term vision on trade and economic/industrial policy to day-to-day concerns and politics. The tax-cut deal is another indicator that a […]

Why We Need A High Estate Tax

Until this week here is what we heard over and over (and over and over and over and over): Because of budget deficits (caused by tax cuts for the rich […]

Are Tea Party Members Getting Played

Are the Main Street Tea Party members getting “played” by Wall Street and big-corporate billionaires? There is a big, big, big difference between what the regular members and the big-money […]

Korea Free Trade Agreement Another NAFTA

There are reports that the Korea Free Trade Agreement is nearly concluded. Unfortunately the problems with the labor portions of the Bush-negotiated agreement were not addressed, which means we might […]
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