Polls show the public likes President Trump's plan to spend $1 trillion on infrastructure. That's because they think he actually plans to spend $1 trillion on infrastructure. He doesn't. Not hardly. Not by a long shot. In fact...
Economist Dean Baker has a bright idea about how to get corporations to pay their fair share in society. Give the government stock in the company, so everyone would benefit when a company earns profits, not just the wealthy few.
We are in a time of fantasy proposals from our country's "leaders." What We the People need is real policy proposals to address our real problems, not giveaways to the rich that masquerade as tax reforms.
What happens when a state lowers wage and safety standards and keeps unions out to attract jobs? Workers lose limbs and lives, and our democracy itself is endangered.
Candidate Trump swore he'd run Wall Street influence out of Washington. As president, he spends more and more time taking advice from his Goldman Sachs pals.
A democracy regulates corporations to protect people from concentrated power. If we let concentrated power make decisions for us, we end up getting dragged off of airplanes.
At any other time and under any other circumstances, a standing president turning a profit on a missile strike would be the scandal of the decade. With Donald Trump in the Oval Office, we call it Monday.
When it comes to the economy, Trump does not offer real job-creating policy, only propaganda of the moment, to be reversed as soon as it becomes convenient. What he has has actually done will undercut job and wage growth.
We the People are showing up and it is having an effect. The Resistance Recess begins this weekend at town halls and district offices. On April 15 there are Tax Marches around the country.
NAFTA has become a one-word symbol for all of our country's trade problems, especially in places like Michigan, which saw auto and auto-parts manufacturing jobs move to Mexico.
Trump's nomination of lobbyist-lawyer Makan Delrahim to lead antitrust enforcement for the Justice Department is the latest example of a fox guarding the henhouse.
Say anything - literally anything - to sway working-class voters. Get elected, then loot the country. Hey, it worked for this guy.
Last year Maine voters approved an increase in the minimum wage. After this jobs and wages surged. So business groups are trying to do something about it. And not just in Maine.
“Fair pay and safe workplaces” sums it up. The rule, which Trump and the Republicans saw fit to repeal, stated that our government should contract with companies that have “a satisfactory record of integrity and business ethics.”
Trump has been filling his administration with swamp creatures, and Wall Street bailout lawyer Jay Clayton, Trump's pick to head the SEC, appears to be one more alligator.
Candidate Trump swore fixing roads and bridges would be at the top of his list of spending priorities. Unfortunately, in his "America First" budget blueprint, the rubber doesn't meet the road.
Silicon Valley rallied against President Trump's immigration policies on "Pi Day." Maybe the Valley will start to live up to its promises to "make the world a better place."
Race-baiting propagandists in the White House, and a rising swamp of corporate influence. This is not "normal." But it's happening so fast, we may be desensitized to what "normal" should mean.
President Trump's plan to privatize infrastructure means We the People won't own our roads, dams and bridges, a few rich people will. We'll then have to pay if we want to use them.
During the campaign Donald Trump pledged that "on day one" as president, he would label China a currency manipulator. Then he didn't. Then China granted Trump's businesses lucrative trademarks he has been seeking. Coincidence?
Who could be against rules that protect workers from civil rights and labor law violations, having their pay stolen and their health and safety put at risk? Republicans, that's who.
Advocates of free trade often say the practice increases exports, which 'creates jobs' and generates cash to reinvest in the economy. What they don't say is imports also rise, which destroys jobs and wealth.
Trump promised to "drain the swamp" of lobbyist influence from government. But the opposite is happening: he's already granted most of the special favors requested by the Business Roundtable, a $6 trillion corporate lobby.
While we wonder if the teleprompter can keep Trump from biting off the head of a bat, the right wing's corporate and anti-worker agenda unfolds around us.
Key public services may end up in private hands under President Trump. Privatizers claim this transfer of public wealth "saves money." But it impoverishes and hurts people, which costs taxpayers more than it saves.
Trump's speech contained big whoppers, little whoppers, bamboozlements, empty promises, detail-free policy mumblings, flat-out intentional lies, trickery, and especially fear.
The Trump administration, as have all Republican administrations, is promoting tax cuts for the rich, saying they will “create growth.” Tax cuts actually force cuts in the things our government does to make our lives better.
Tax cuts mean cuts to infrastructure, schools, health care, scientific research and all the things our government does to make our lives better — and to help our economy prosper.
It's not just Trump. The Republican Party is using him to engage in a general assault on protections from corruption, pollution, corporate fraud and financial scams. This is who they are.
As Senator Chuck Schumer puts it: "You could not have picked a worse nominee to uphold these goals than Andew Puzder. Everything in his career is antithetical to the goals of the Department of Labor."
The #ResistTrumpTuesdays movement is urging lawmakers to "Make a Date" to hold town hall meetings with their constituents during an upcoming congressional recess that will run February 18-26.
Senate Republicans silenced Elizabeth Warren when she was reading aloud a critical letter from three decades ago about Jeff Sessions during a debate over his confirmation as attorney general. She persisted.
A trade deficit can be a good thing if it's temporary and if the deficit is used for things that help our economy, like productive investment at home. But our trade deficit isn't doing anything productive.
The post-inauguration wave of protests is continuing and morphing. They are becoming more focused and following some of the tactics that proved successful for the tea party. It looks like they may be starting to get results.
Clearly, automation is killing American jobs, but more manufacturing should still be happening at home for many reasons. The trade deficit with China is draining us.
There's no better time to speak out: February 1 is a national call-in day to oppose Trump's nomination of Andy Puzder for Secretary of Labor.
The point of Holocaust Remembrance Day was to counter people who say “lots of people suffered, not just Jews." The Trump administration's statement said just that.
The nominee for Secretary of Labor, the department with the mission of promoting rights and higher wages for working people, was hit this week with 33 anti-worker charges.
Donald Trump made big but vague promises about creating millions of jobs building "beautiful" roads, bridges and other public assets. Now that he is president, details matter.
Though TPP was killed by a long progressive fight that resulted in it not having the votes to pass Congress, of course, he took credit for killing it himself. So now that that’s over, how should our country trade with the world?