The U.S. has run huge trade deficits for decades since the "free trade" ideology came to dominate. The world's economy needs honestly, democratically and transparently negotiated trade agreements.
The core conservative "freedom" argument that that government is illegitimate and we should all rely on our own "personal responsibility" came up against reality in the last few days. Conservatism lost.
This budget pushes the country back toward sanity and has many steps in the right direction. But there is still a long way to go.
How many companies are already shifting even more jobs and profit centers out of the country because of this proposed tax holiday? Have we already lost 10,000 jobs since they announced it?
The promoters of fast track say we need “trade” agreements to open up markets and increase exports. But only part of the agreements are about trade. Here's what's underneath the corporate case for fast track.
USTR Michael Froman testified before the Senate Tuesday to push for Fast Track Trade Promotion Authority. Protesters disrupted the hearing.
Hundreds of trade, labor, environmental, health, communities of color, anti-GMO and food justice, anti-fracking, animal and other activists still showed up in the big blizzard to protest the secret trade agreement.
Senate Republicans also voted against disclosing any money they are getting from oil and other companies involved in the Keystone project. The media has largely ignored these votes.
More than 40 top environmental and scientific groups are the latest to register to Congress their opposition to fast track trade authority. They want an open, transparent process that delivers benefits for working people.
The President briefly spoke about trade in his State of the Union speech. He admitted that "past trade deals haven’t always lived up to the hype," but then he called for doing more of the same.
Today is the national Call-in Day against fast track trade authority. Call Congress at (888) 804-8311 to say that we need better trade policies that will raise wages, protect our environment and keep corporations in check.
Ask Congress to wait until the trade deal has been made public and the public has had a chance to analyze it before they vote on Fast Track. Isn't that fair?
To sell a new trade pact, President Obama's State of the Union address is expected to feature a small business that increased its exports after we signed the South Korea free trade agreement. What is the real record?
If people come to understand and worry about the very real trade deficit, they will demand policies that are very good for regular, working people, and "Main Street" businesses that make or do things in America.
A broad cross-section of elected officials and leaders say "fast track" trade deal approval would pull a curtain in front of another effort to drive jobs out of the country and cut wages.
Losing $39 billion in a single month is a terrible, terrible, enormous, humongous tragedy for our country. It represents tremendous pressure on wages and jobs.
The news media has a virtual blackout on information about the Trans-Pacific Partnership and fast-track authority. This means it is up to you to get the word out to friends, family and others.
We should return the top corporate tax rate to 50%. Why let a few already-wealthy people reap the entire return from We the People's investment in corporate profitability?
Republicans have announced that their first order of business in the new Congress will be to try to force the Keystone Pipeline through. This prioritizing shows that they understand who paid their way to the dance.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a disastrous trade agreement designed to protect the interests of the largest multi-national corporations at the expense of workers, consumers, the environment and the foundations of American democracy.
The next round of "NAFTA-style" trade agreements actually let corporate courts block countries from passing laws that interfere with profits. Fast Track pre-approves trade agreements, outsourcing Congress' job.
Between 2001 and 2013 the massive growth of our country’s trade deficit with China has cost us 3.2 million U.S. jobs.
As soon as the new Congress is sworn in next year the fight will begin over Fast Track. Start preparing now.
There are end-of-year holiday season bright spots for progressives as we head into the coming year’s fights. In the cities and states progressives are fighting and winning.
Brilliant people with expertise and a willingness to serve the public is a good thing. It is something we want people to do. But the number of Citigroup and other Wall Street people in high positions of our government matters right now.
"Americans are deeply suspicious of trade deals negotiated in secret, with chief executives invited into the room while the workers whose jobs are on the line are locked outside."
The promised jobs and prosperity don't come through. Instead our trade agreements have cost us and have exacerbated inequality, which is a threat to our democracy.
The next big fight in Congress will be about getting the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal passed. What lessons can we learn from the way the "Citibank" provisions in the budget deal were pushed through?
No one in the House or Senate would admit to putting it in the bill. No one would say they supported the provision. Yet Wall Street still got their way. What does that say about who runs our government?
People are fed up with backroom deals that rig the system against us. There is time to fight this giveaway to Wall Street. Call your senators today and tell them take the Citibank bailout out or block the budget.
Between 2001 and 2013 the massive growth of our country's trade deficit with China has cost us 3.2 million U.S. jobs, 2.4 million (three-fourths) of which were in manufacturing.
Are we a nation of laws or not? No one is held accountable for invading Iraq, bank fraud, shooting unarmed citizens, or even torture. It's time to restore the rule of law.
NAFTA and CAFTA caused tremendous loss of farming jobs, creating massive displacement of farmers into the U.S. TPP could displace an estimated 1.2 million more workers in these countries, resulting in more migration northward.
The secret Trans-Pacific Partnership will have profound effects on our ability to make a living as a country. Yet you have to read about it in the Japan Times because few-to-no U.S. media outlets are covering it.
Corporations are pushing Congress to pass something called Fast Track — a process that essentially pre-approves trade agreements before Congress even reads them for the first time.
Did you know that lots of workers who used to get overtime pay for working more than 40 hours a week ? They used to, now they don't, and President Obama could fix this with the simple stroke of a pen.
What would a fed-up caucus of Democrats (and independents) demand next? Imagine government policies that were not designed primarily to benefit the 1 percent and their corporations.
The 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference will be held Jan. 15–19 in Atlanta at the Westin Peachtree Plaza. The event is hosted by The AFL-CIO’s Civil, Human and Women’s Rights Department.
Republicans in Washington are obstructing help for regular Americans, so many localities are acting on their own. Among them is San Francisco, where a new law will let employees know in advance when their work shift will be.
Many Democrats examining what happened in the 2014 midterms are asking "what did the voters want?" But the right question is why did only 36.4 percent of potential voters bother to register and vote?