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.
The Obamacare defunding is misdirection -- Republicans don't want people thinking about the terrible, economy-killing cuts they are demanding. The public hates this and wants their government. Senate Dems should give the public what they want.
With one in seven Americans experiencing “food insecurity,” Republicans yesterday passed a terrible and cruel cut in Food Stamps. This shows us just who they are.
This week the Obama administration extended minimum wage and overtime protection to home care workers. Now President Obama should issue an executive order requiring that federal contractors be paid fairly.
These are real people, families and businesses on the line. They will be badly hurt if Obamacare is killed, badly hurt by a shutdown or badly, badly hurt by these cuts. These are the choices offered to America by these extremist Republicans.
The law requires companies to disclose total CEO pay, the median pay of all other employees, and the ratio between the two. This gives some idea if the company is being looted from the top.
While our government is laying off hundreds upon hundreds of thousands and cutting services in the name of cutting deficits, a new report exposes that taxpayers are handing more than $1 trillion a year to the wealthiest.
What would you expect if the giant corporations negotiated a treaty among themselves, without labor, environmental, consumer and other groups that represent the interests of anything besides corporate profit?
Economist Joseph Stiglitz addressed the AFL-CIO convention Tuesday on the subject of inequality — the way wealth and income is concentrating at the very top while the rest of us fall behind.
Congress returns this week, and Republican obstruction of efforts to help jobs and the economy will continue. Their threats to shut down the government and blow up the debt ceiling will make the economy even worse. We have to stop them.
This treaty will allow corporations to sue governments for "lost profits" if governments try to enforce environmental, health, labor and other laws. Tobacco's involvement is the "smoking gun."