A trade deficit is a deficit in people's jobs and livelihoods. Forty straight years of trade deficits is a big part of what led to Donald Trump.
Corporate-backed Republicans in Congress are pushing to strip "Buy America" provisions from a bill to help fix the country's water systems. Trump campaigned on government help for American manufacturing and jobs. How will this play out?
The tea leaves -- and that's all we have from this already-secretive administration -- are telling us that things are going to be very, very bad for America's workers under a Donald "wages are too high" Trump administration.
The hits just keep on coming. It looks like the self-described "great negotiator" is giving away our tax dollars to a company he promised to "penalize" – even before taking office.
A report from NELP shows that since 2012 Fight for $15 has already achieved nearly $62 billion in raises for American workers.
Underlying Trump's plan to "eliminate" government regulations is the premise that "government regulation" is itself a bad thing. And underlying that is the premise that government of by and for the people itself is illegitimate.
How did it get to be "normal" that actual, verifiable ballots are not actually counted, yet we trust the reported results? Instead of publicly counting ballots we rely on results reported by computer tabulators
Trump's plan does not call for public investment in public infrastructure, nor does it call for hiring local construction companies using American suppliers and creating jobs for American union workers.
President-elect Donald Trump made a number of promises to his voters. Here is today’s post about a promise that he has already broken.
President-elect Donald Trump made a number of promises to his voters. Here is today's post about a promise that he has already broken. "Today's Broken Trump Promise" is certain to be a regular series.
On Friday the White House announced it was dropping its effort to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in the "lame duck" session of Congress. It looks like TPP is really dead. Let this be a lesson to us.
The head of the Senate says he won't bring it up for a vote, but House Speaker Paul Ryan hasn't said a thing. And, of course, Wall Street and the giant multinational corporations want TPP and they want it bad.
Companies like Apple and many others have been stashing profits in tax havens to dodge taxes. At some point our government should crack down and make them pay what they owe us. Are investors prepared for this?
In the late 70s the country was told that "protectionism" is bad for the economy and was sold "free trade" as a way to bring prosperity and jobs. "Laid-off workers would be "freed up" to get better jobs. Well, they never got better jobs
In normal times a trade deficit of $36.4 billion in a single month would be met with outrage, headlines, speeches, torches and pitchforks. In these abnormal times we're only getting the torches and pitchforks -- also known as Trump voters.
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Senator Schumer is said to be pushing for a huge, huge corporate tax break, which would reward the largest tax-dodgers for dodging taxes. “Liberals” need to kill this toxic giveaway scheme in the bud.
We should give fair warning to trade-surplus countries that the free ride is ending. They will have to buy more from us if they want to keep selling as much to us.
The Treasury Department is in the process of trying to close a loophole in the tax law that dilutes the impact of an estate tax that already affects only a tiny percentage of the very rich. Of course, the proposed rules are under attack.
A human rights blogger who writes under the pseudonym Mother Mushroom has been arrested by the Vietnam government for "corruption against the state." Yet Vietnam is still included in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.
Given Donald Trump's shady business practices I'd be afraid to do business with him, let alone let him run the country. - Kelly Conklin of Foley-Waite LLC
If We the People could be have a simple bank account at our Post Offices, this would solve a problem for millions upon millions of Americans. It would keep people away from the debt-trap clutches of the predatory payday lending industry.
NAFTA forced millions of small, Mexican farmers out of business, causing a mass migration north. TPP threatens to do the same, on a much larger scale.
Truck drivers and warehouse workers working for federal contractors at the Port of Los Angeles are striking for 48 hours to draw attention to wage theft and other violations.
Make these tax-dodging corporations pay the taxes they owe. They don't deserve a huge tax break, they deserve a huge fine. Simple as that.
Just make the giant, tax-dodging, multinational corporations pay what they owe. Don't reward them for tax-dodging. Then we can have good schools and roads and health care and more.
One (more) of the way this country is split is a sharp divide between what small businesses need and what the giant, multinational corporations want (and usually get.)
Progressive talk show host Nicole Sandler is back on the air! Wednesday she interviewed Mike Lux in her first regular broadcast since her battle with lung cancer.
People have figured out that our country's "trade" deals haven't been working our so well for "our country." A visit to Flint, Detroit or so many other places clearly shows what's wrong.
Oregon's Measure 97 ballot initiative is one example of We the People trying to take back control of government from the 1% and their powerful corporations.
The Securities and Exchange Commission is supposed to regulate Wall Street. But it has become a "captured" agency, using its power to block regulation of Wall Street instead of enforcing regulation.
"Tax cuts skewed toward the wealthy elite starve our communities of much-needed resources while further tilting the scales toward large corporations and the rich," says the Main Street Alliance of Donald Trump's tax plan.
President Obama issued an executive order requiring federal contractors to disclose if they have violated rules protecting workers from abuses like wage theft. Now lobbyists for contractors are suing to block the rules.
The stagnation of wages for working people just happens to correspond with the introduction of the intentional "trade" deficit. The consequences for society are dangerous.
Donald Trump presents himself as a champion of blue-collar workers, and in particular talks about steelworkers a lot. He says, "Look at steel, it’s being wiped out." But don’t listen to the words; look at his acts.
The solution to stem an annual estimated loss of $100 billion in tax revenue is for Congress to end the "deferral" loophole and make these companies just pay the taxes they owe.
This week Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (Iowa CCI Action), Our Revolution (Bernie Sanders' group), and the Communications Workers of America (CWA) will hold a series of town hall meetings across Iowa.
The "gig economy" means that big corporations make billionaires, while their workers are called "contractors" who have no rights and don't make squat. It's one more way the system has been rigged.
Robert Reich's address to the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, on "The Oddest Presidential Election in Living Memory," is a must hear. You will get insight from a veteran political figure who knows Washington inside and out.
The opportunity for a meaningful dialogue on trade slipped away during Monday's presidential debate. A group of leaders and activists on Wednesday laid out a plan for a push against the Trans-Pacific Partnership.