Raising the minimum wage not only helps lift people out of poverty, it lowers "safety net" costs like Food Stamps, boosts local businesses and increases income and sales tax revenue.
The enormous, humongous trade deficit is doing incredible damage to our economy. Our country’s elites used to care about that.
It is not entirely fair for President Obama to dismiss critics of the Trans-Pacific Partnership for having a "lack of knowledge" of what is being negotiated, as he did at a recent news conference.
A huge trade treaty is coming that will change the relationship between giant corporations and governments around the world. Why is the American corporate media telling the public so little about it?
Across the board now people are seeing what these trade deals have done to the country. I join Asia expert Tim Shorrock to discuss the Obama administration's latest trade moves.
“Dog-whistle,” “code word” politics is not about what the politician says, it’s about what the listener hears. Here is what Republicans are saying and what the listener hears.
Research concludes that if you're making less than $87,000 per year (the current 90th percentile wage), the Trans-Pacific Partnership would mean a pay cut. But that's fine for corporations who want this treaty.
You have to deliver for and campaign to your base voters or they don't show up and vote for you. If Democrats don’t give regular, working people – the Democratic base – a reason to vote, then many of them won’t.
Power plants generate 41 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Nearly half come from just 100 plants, and all but two of those use coal. Addressing those plans would do a lot to address our climate crisis.
The New York Times gets it right: It's time to "improve the ground rules of global trade." In the face of overwhelming evidence of the damage done by NAFTA-style trade deals, could the tide of elite opinion be changing?
As millions lost their homes many of the houses were and are being bought up by large investors. And what do these investors want? They want rent – and lots of it.
Having whipped up anti-government sentiment for decades, the right has dropped a pretense of patriotism and is now escalating into direct confrontation with, and efforts at destruction of, the federal government.
The Treasury Department released its Semi-Annual Report to Congress on International Economic and Exchange Rate Policies this week, and went to great lengths to find a way not to label China as a currency manipulator.
The AFL-CIO has released this year’s 2014 Executive PayWatch at www.PayWatch.org, a “comprehensive searchable online database tracking the excessive pay of CEOs of the nation’s largest companies.”
It's Tax Day! And right now Congress is working on Tax Day giveaways for the big corporations. When corporations avoid paying their fair share of taxes, the rest of us end up picking up the tab. So Happy Tax Day!
This budget dramatically cuts taxes on the wealthy and their corporations, paying for it with enormous cuts in the safety net and in the things government does to make our lives better.
Pay is really low, and employment practices make companies "look awesome on paper" even as they "wreak havoc on the lives and incomes of workers" as well as the overall economy.
A recent poll found that nine out of ten fast-food workers report having wages stolen from them. Keep in mind that these are people already paid only at or near the way-too-low minimum wage. Here's what we can do.
Tell your member of Congress (MOC) to vote for the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) “Better Off Budget’ (BOB). The public needs to know that this progressive approach addresses so many of the country's problems.
A Wall Street Journal story today alleges "systematic scrutiny" of tea-party groups by the IRS. It has become a "truth" on the right that the IRS "targets" conservative "political" groups. Here is what is going on.
Creating jobs is our most immediate priority. We could create 4.6 million right away by passing the Progressive Caucus "Better Off Budget" and another 5.8 million by confronting currency manipulation.
It doesn't matter how much we might increase exports if we don't do something about imports, too, because if imports are higher than exports, that is a net loss of jobs and wealth.
The Ryan/Republican budget cuts $5.1 trillion from spending on things that make our lives better, while reducing taxes on the wealthy and corporations. How does this compare to polls of what the public wants?
A Senate report looks into how the world's largest maker of construction and mining equipment avoided $2.4 billion in taxes. Those taxes could pay teachers, fix bridges and feed hungry people.
If Democrats draw a clear contrast with Republicans on these key issues and do what they need to do to bypass the corporate media gatekeepers and reach the public, they will win.
Corporations are legally required to allow timely union elections. So Republicans are trying to pass legislation to drag the process out and give time for companies to put pressure on workers.
Working people and democratic governance on all sides of NAFTA's boders are now worse off. Congress should recognize this before approving any more "NAFTA-style" trade agreements.
"Democrats cut Medicare" was endlessly repeated to seniors in corporate/billionaire-funded TV ads in many congressional districts. This might just have something to do with the shift found in a new Gallup poll.
You should pay attention because there is big money involved — really, really big money that could be used for roads, courts, schools, health care and all the other things government does to make our economy and our lives better.
A building in New York City blew up because of poorly maintained gas lines. The problem of decaying infrastructure extends much, much further than just this building.
One place where America's leaders could advocate for America's economy, businesses and working people is by confronting currency manipulation. It is costing us 5.8 million jobs.
We have a trade deficit in the $500-billion-per-year range. American billionaires and their giant corporations are benefiting tremendously by tapping into this drain of American’s wealth.
Many Wall Street and D.C. elites say that more trade is always better. But is the goal more trade, or trade that benefits We the People of the United States and our economy?
There are tons of "sneak laws" written to benefit a few key corporations or billionaires. These laws limit competition, provide subsidies, give tax breaks – you name it. But they never help regular people.
On Feb. 26, UPS fired a Maspeth, N.Y. UPS worker known for being a union activist. Some 250 other UPS drivers walked off the job in protest, and it appears that UPS has fired them, too, in response.
You would think a budget from the largest group of Democrats in the House, that lines up with the American people’s wishes and solves the country’s budget problems, would get some news media coverage.
Tax-dodging companies are holding $2 trillion-plus of taxable profits outside of the U.S., on which they would owe as much as $700 billion in taxes. Congress should just make them pay what they owe.
If Democrats don't give regular, working people – the Democratic base – a reason to vote, then they won't. In Tuesday's special House election in Florida, 3,400 of them decided there was not enough reason to bother.
If you are like me (and who isn't?) you will be absolutely fascinated by these two audio tracks. Seriously. Just listen to the first five minutes, then I'll tell you what they are about.
The trade deficit went up slightly in January, and as a result manufacturing jobs aren’t doing all that well. That’s because a trade deficit means that jobs move out of the country.