Hong Kong’s leader's comment that democracy would lead to "the poor" deciding politics and policies echoes comments of leaders of giant multinationals, various billionaires, the investor class and our own Republican Party.
These "trade" deals, if passed by Congress and signed by the president, would cement a corporate right to profits above the rights of citizens. They place corporate rights above national sovereignty.
If Republicans take the Senate, they promise severe cuts – or just force the government to shut down. But Europe's tragedy shows that cuts kill economies. What will happen if we enter another recession?
Social Security has been called the “third rail” of American politics and it turns out that talking about cutting Social Security is still like touching a “third rail.” Who could have known?
New Jersey's Gov. Chris Christie rejected federal funding for rail tunnels connecting his state to New York, and residents are feeling the consequences. Chinese leaders are making a different set of choices.
One factor in this week's stock market decline: The growing consensus that austerity is killing economies around the world. So, around the world leaders are calling for increased spending on infrastructure.
Yes, taking money out of the economy actually takes money out of the economy. Yes, cutting the budget for fixing roads and bridges actually means they start to fall apart. Yes, cutting the health budget has an impact on our health.
Democrats who campaign with a populist message will do better than Democrats who support the “centrist” — big corporate, Wall Street — positions, according to a newly released campaign memo.
Populism is the new coin of the realm. Unfortunately not that many Democrats are campaigning on things that are popular. On Tuesday, it's important for us to build momentum around the crusades of three progressive heroes.
Be afraid. That is the Republican message. Republicans are offering tax cuts to billionaires and corporations -- to the rest of us they offer cuts in the things government does to make our lives better. But they can't say that.
Amazon responds to our post on a Supreme Court case involving workers having to undergo screening for stolen goods off the clock. If employees don't actually wait very long to be screened, why not just pay them for their time?
If the Roberts court sides with Amazon, businesses will feel free to increase the ways they get time and work out of workers without paying them. Already, several major corporations are battling wage-theft claims.
The public is finally "getting it" about these one-way trade agreements. They were sold to us as "job creators," but the record is the reverse. They have cost jobs and increased the trade deficit.
Another $40 billion leaked out of our economy in August, taking jobs, factories and good living standards with it. This means U.S. employers can further threaten employees with moving their job to China.
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.
Whether it's coping with ebola, the Secret Service failures, or the conditions of our roads, bridges, courts, rail systems, schools and everything else ... cuts in government are come home to roost.
Why is it that any time you hear the word “reform” coming out of Washington it always ends badly for about 99 percent of us? Here are some actual reforms that are need for corporate tax reform.
You might not know it, but there's a ban on domestic oil exports. It's is good for the country, but bad for oil companies. That's why the oil industry is attempting an end run around Congress to do something about it.
Before Reagan working people benefited most from economic recoveries. After Reagan, the top 10% benefited more. After 2000, 90% of us continued to fall behind – when we opened "free trade" with China.
Ask people what they think of NAFTA and you'll learn that people get it. People absolutely hate "NAFTA-style" trade deals. People are voting based on this – when given the chance.
Extortion is the practice of obtaining something of value through fear, using force, threats or coercion. What does it mean when the owners of big companies say they will move if we don't cut their taxes? This is extortion.
As fast-food workers across the country strike for decent pay, Burger King is still preparing to abandon the US as their home country. How does a burger company get flipped like this and who gets rich when it happens?
Corporate taxes used to be 46 percent. Corporations played an extortion game, saying lower our taxes or we'll move out of the U.S. The U.S. gave in and "reformed" the tax rate to 35 percent. Now the corporations are back for more.
Republicans have obstructed every effort to help the economy. In the Senate they filibustered hundreds of bills. In the House they refused to allow votes on efforts to help the economy. And then there's the sabotage.
We were able to fight back against Social Security cuts, against tax cuts for the rich and corporations, for gay marriage and LGBT rights, women's health and pay, climate... Let's demand full employment, too.
Passenger service agents at American Airlines on Tuesday voted to be represented by a union. The vote was described as “overwhelming,” with 86 percent voting in favor. Politico called this a “historic win.”
The legislation will help create local manufacturing "ecosystems" that bring together the necessary components for a particular kind of manufacturing come together, so that industry can grow up around them.
Republicans in the Senate on Monday unanimously filibustered the Paycheck Fairness Act. Did you see this on the news? Did you hear about it on the radio? Did you read about it in your local paper?
Originally sold as protecting investors from "banana republic" dictators our "NAFTA-style" trade agreements now are protecting giant corporations from the efforts of citizens in democracies to make their lives better.
With polls showing most Americans just hate companies that renounce their U.S. citizenship to dodge paying their taxes, the DC/corporate-centric outlet Politico says Democrats are making a mistake by pushing this issue.
The letter asks for a new process for reaching trade agreements in which Congress has a role in selecting trade partners and in which Congress sets up a set of negotiating objectives that must be achieved.
New York Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer has introduced a bill aimed at fighting the corporate tax-dodging practices of "inversion" and "earnings stripping" which involve use on non-US affiliate companies.
Are We the People the boss of the corporations, or are the corporations the boss of We the People? The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) needs to be reminded which way that question is supposed to be answered.
The Senate is considering the Democracy For All Amendment to undo the damage the Supreme Court did with their Citizens United and other rulings that allow corporations and billionaires to purchase our elections.
Thursday, bad trade numbers. Friday. bad manufacturing job numbers. A path to election victory lies in drawing the connection: Democrats should be advocating a different trade policy.
We reached a new job-sucking record with China. We continue to import much more than we export. That means a net loss of jobs and decline in living standards, month after month, year after year.
Workers in union-friendly states earn more than those in anti-union states, and pay more taxes to subsidize low-wage earners in the anti-union, right-to-work states.
Everyone understands that government officials who “play ball” can get a huge paycheck after leaving government if they help certain big businesses while serving in government.
The rules set down in our democracy can’t be enforced unless We the People can organize to be powerful enough to overcome the great wealth and power of a few ultra-billionaires and their corporations.
From the ruling: "Abraham Lincoln reportedly asked, “If you call a dog’s tail a leg, how many legs does a dog have?” His answer was, “Four. Calling a dog’s tail a leg does not make it a leg.” "