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.
The February jobs report is more of the same: an economy that is not growing fast enough to put Americans back to work or to provide any lift to wages. This isn't due to the weather; it is due to the perversity of politicians.
We have a standoff over testing as the chief means of determining the fate of the nation's schools. A new call for congressional hearings provides a useful option to go forward.
Simple message: The trade deficit costs jobs. Our budget deficit right now doesn't. This is a huge issue. Please ask your elected officials and candidates what they plan to do to fix it.
The home of the Super Bowl champions is also America's minimum wage champion, with the highest state minimum wage of $9.32. And it beats the national average for job growth.
Again and again President Obama has proposed programs to help the economy and create jobs. Again and again these proposals have been obstructed by Republicans in Congress.
President Obama's 2015 Budget picks good fights with the right enemies. It exposes those who oppose it for who they are. But his longer term projections are a slow retreat from where we need to go.
Romney's complaint was that Obama wasn't supporting long-range missile defense systems over Russian objections. But Bush did support them, and the same thing happened.
Here's a final question before Sunday night's relatively unmemorable Academy Awards gala fades from memory. Why were the only two films to deal with financial scams also the two surprise shut-outs of the night?
The economic actions and trends that have hollowed out the middle class and led to massive wealth concentration at the top 1 percent are not even mentioned in Ryan's "War on Poverty" report.
More than 40 organizations today called on the U.S. Trade Representative to let the public have a say in what rights foreign-based business interests have in our legal system.
A prominent conservative in Congress has released a tax reform package that actually will not leave the rich significantly richer. Should progressives be grateful for small blessings — or suspicious? Or both?
House Speaker John Boehner has announced that Republicans plan to offer another budget proposal from Rep. Paul Ryan, the House Budget Committee chair, for fiscal 2015. Progressives should relish what's to come.
In a Harper's essay and an interview with Bill Moyers, Adolph Reed Jr. argues the American left has ceased to exist as a viable political force. This has the potential to jumpstart some long-overdue conversations.
A recent report confirms that some of the officials crafting the Trans-Pacific Partnership were paid handsomely by the Wall Street institutions that stand to benefit from it.
When Republican Rep. Dave Camp released a comprehensive tax reform plan, Republicans ran for the exits. They worry about the details that offend corporate lobbies. We should worry about the assumptions that offend common sense.
The 'new populism that is defining the economic debate in 2014 is also firing a new movement to reject failed education policy. This movement has developed substantial new organizational capacity and a much more powerful voice.
A bill before Congress would give tax-dodging companies a break if they loan money to the government to fix infrastructure. This would make honest, patriotic companies that kept jobs in the U.S. look like suckers.
If 43% of Democrats are now willing to call themselves liberal, it is obviously no longer a shameful label. I don't know why, but 43% of one of the major parties is a big constituency. It's a plurality, and it's growing.
A report released by the Economic Policy Institute says we could create millions of new jobs and speed up economic growth if we act to end global currency manipulation. Simple as that.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, before his attention-getting stunt outside the White House this week, offered up a 10-point agenda to "jump-start growth" that withers under the harsh light of reality.
Why should moving data around be any different from moving people? No private party, the latest Comcast merger ought to remind us, should be allowed to get rich off a basic public trust.
Trade negotiators want to ban "Buy America" government procurement policies so companies like GE and Caterpillar can get more contracts in other countries. But GE and Caterpillar don't pay taxes here. So what we We the People get?
Vulture capitalist Tom Perkins revealed his plan to crush the uppity 99 percent and make America what he would he would call a decent place for billionaires. He believes billionaires should get a vote for every dollar they pay in taxes.
President Obama's 2015 federal budget comes weeks he after declared inequality “the defining moral challenge of our time.” Early reports about the budget show no signs of such broad moral sweep or scope.
We know that the Trans-Pacific Partnership has an intellectual property section that will override government rules that limit the ability of giant corporations to trample the interests of smaller competitors and the public.
Progressives campaigned aggressively to remove the chained CPI cut of Social Security benefits from this year’s federal budget because they view the document as rhetorical as well as practical.
Here are five-plus examples of billionaires who use their money to try to get us to think what they want us to think in order to enact a right-wing economic agenda.
The Gap announces it will raise its minimum wage. Even Walmart is reconsidering. The minimum wage is moving forward because people want it, despite continuing Republican obstruction.
Great news! The AP just reported that the chained CPI will not be in President Obama’s budget. This is a victory for populists who want politicians to fight for the majority of real Americans facing tough economic realities.
If Republicans don't seem to know what they could propose, I'm happy to help out. Since anything that's going to create jobs will cost the Treasury money, the first thing to do is find a way to loosen those budget caps.
The old trade model has failed us miserably. Isn't it time to stop pursuing a fast track for another bad trade deal when the train is already off the rails? Isn't it long past time to take another look and think anew?
Instead of addressing root causes of poverty that affect academic performance, students and teachers are required to take on evermore-stringent "no excuses" academic requirements. Is this education reform, or abuse?
A new poll finds that voters overwhelmingly see unfair trade agreements and outsourcing as a main cause of our job problem – and they want our government to do something about it.
The White House has often been unwilling or unable to explain why additional spending is necessary to heal the economy – especially bad news for Democrats who'll have to face the voters in November.
Why is whether President Obama will reprise the "chained CPI" Social Security cut in his 2015 budget even an open question? Truth is, motives don't matter. What we know for sure is that it is still an open question.
Equal pay for equal work? We still haven't arrived at that destination. Decent pay that reflects the dignity of all who labor? In today's America, we've barely even begun that journey.