Fast Track to China

Senator Max Baucus wants to fast-track consideration of a trade authority bill (a bill that would force Congress to vote up or down any trade accord put before it without amendments), before he goes to be U.S. ambassador to China.
Robert Borosage
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“It’s Time For You To Leave”

A nasty little Google boy gets mad and says what he really thinks: "This is a city for the right people who can afford it. You can't afford it? ... It's time for you to leave."
Digby
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Urgent Fast Track Trade Deal Alert

Fast Track should be as much of an electoral test for progressives as Social Security is. Progressives have to make this a line that cannot be crossed. This is about democracy vs big-corporate dominance of our economy and society.

A Peek Behind The TPP Curtain.

Americans got a peak behind the curtain of the Trans Pacific Partnership, and what we found is frightening. Wikileaks published a draft of the “intellectual property rights” chapter, and it poses a serious risk to free speech and information access.

Our Economy Should Work For Us.

The latest figures from the Bureau of Economic Analysis show that our nation is recovering from the 2008 recession, but all of that growth is going straight into the pockets of the corporate elite.

Now Is Not The Time For Trade Deals

Considering the recent performance of the U.S. economy, and the ongoing, relentless pursuit of austerity it's, an especially bad time to be making any "trade deals." So let's just table that little project for the time being, shall we?
Digby
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Is Manufacturing Dirty?

Did you think manufacturing was old-fashioned, dirty and low-skilled? Have you noticed how when you see a factory in a TV show it's an old, burnt-down building with broken windows?

Shutdown: Congressional Childishness and Its Consequences

The GOP's shenanigans surpass even the worst childish behavior, and are far more damaging. The Republican-engineered government shutdown is doing real harm to real people, and endangering an already fragile economy.
Terrance Heath
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No Social Dumping: A Plan To Make Trade Fair

The idea is to penalize countries and companies that try to win a competitive advantage in the marketplace by paying subpar wages, allowing unsafe working conditions or escaping compliance with environmental regulations.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Why You Should ‘Flush the TPP’

A largely anonymous group of officials late last week wanted their work on the Trans-Pacific Partnership – often described as "NAFTA on steroids" – out of the spotlight. But a small group of activists put a spotlight on the negotiations.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Working For Workers On Labor Day And Beyond

For millions of low-wage workers, Labor Day was just another working day, for the same lousy pay. The movement for livable wages doesn't take a day off either. In fact, it's growing.
Terrance Heath
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Enormous, Humongous Trade Deficit Grows

The July trade report is out. Exports are rising, but imports are rising even more. So our vast, humongous, enormous, out-of-control trade deficit continues its upward trajectory, sucking more jobs and money from our economy.

America Deserves A Solar Manufacturing Industry

America used to have a thriving computer-chip manufacturing industry. Now China does that. America deserves to have a solar manufacturing industry, even if the "serious people" say this should end up in China, too. This is about jobs.

We’re Number 1! (In Inequality)

We have much to be proud of in America. But having the most economic inequality is one of our most dubious achievements. I guess we just have a very few people who are excellent happiness pursuers. Or maybe it's something else entirely.
Digby
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Blame The Auto Trade Deficit, Not Detroit’s Workers

Republicans are trying to get people to blame Detroit's working people for Detroit's problems, while just ignoring the $12 billion/month automotive trade deficit caused by "free trade" agreements. Seriously? They expect us to swallow that nonsense?

Enormous, Humongous Trade Deficit Shrank In June

The enormous, humongous, vast, staggering, unbelievable, job-sucking, economy-sucking US trade deficit shrank to “only” $34.2 billion from a revised $44.1 billion in May. Exports of US goods and petroleum were […]

The Coming Fast-Track Trade Outrage

Trans-Pacific Partnership – the corporate sovereignty treaty – is coming and they’re going to try to push it through Congress with “Fast Track.” It’s really, really important to pay attention […]

Sherrod Brown: “Get Trade Right” For The Middle Class

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, argued that “trade policy needs to adapt to global challenges” and “trade done right creates prosperity for the middle class” during a speech on the “Competitive […]
Jane Yurechko
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Conference Calls For Bold Approaches To The Jobs Emergency

Down with the deficit rhetoric; it’s time for a bold approach that addresses our true crisis: a stagnant economy coupled with high unemployment. On Tuesday, progressives gathered at the Roosevelt […]
Derek Pugh
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