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.
You saw what happened recently with Wells Fargo. They scammed some of their customers some of the time. Payday lending is about scamming all of the customers all of the time.
This election season so far has been about Donald Trump, and not about the real problems facing the country and We the People. The national discussion certainly has not been about things that can be done to make people's lives better.
The Republican IRS commissioner impeachment is an obvious attempt to kneecap the IRS and keep it from doing its work, which includes policing the misuse of nonprofit organizations to keep secret the sources of political cash.
Wells Fargo used job insecurity, poverty-level wages, extreme sales quotas and high pressure as financial incentives to force employees to fraudulently open accounts.
One candidate offers actual policies and proposals. The other offers entertainment. Which one does the "news" media flock to? Which candidate is receiving the news coverage — the policy wonk or the entertainer? We all know the answer.
Wall Street, the multinational corporations and President Obama are pushing for a vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership after the election. Wednesday, September 14, is a national call-in day to Congress to stop this.
Wisconsin's privatized "jobs creation agency" is subsidizing corporations as they outsource jobs from the state. For the workers who remain, the threat of outsourcing causes their wages to fall.
The giant corporations pay lower (or no) taxes while the hard-working smaller companies pay what they owe. The system inevitably spirals into deeper and deeper corruption.
More than 200 prominent legal and economic scholars warned about how the Trans-Pacific Partnership would empower multinational corporations to challenge U.S. laws through a corporate tribunal.
China is exporting its steel overcapacity problem, and so far getting away with it. China doesn't want to reduce production or lay off workers so they are exporting the layoffs – to the U.S.
The organizations are opposing TPP in part because of its investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions, which allow corporations to sue governments in "corporate courts."
How much more would nonunion working people be paid today if unions were still strong? The answer to that question helps explain why the movement that gave birth to Labor Day matters.
Trump says we need to fix our trade policies. That's correct. But Trump also advocates driving US wages down so low that companies won't want to move factories to find lower wages.
Existing “trade” agreements allow corporations to sue governments for passing laws and regulations that limit their profits. They set up special “corporate courts” in which corporate attorneys decide the cases.
The EU decided that Ireland's tax deal with Apple, based on Apple demanding a tax break to "bring jobs" to Ireland instead of somewhere else, is "state aid" to the company.
Arbitration clauses keep you from taking companies to court when they do wrong. The CFPB is working on a rule to protect you when finance agreements are involved.
The Department of Labor has released the final rules for implementing President Obama's two-year-old Fair Pay And Safe Workplaces executive order. Republicans complain.
"Your continued leadership is sadly necessary as President Obama refuses to abandon this unpopular deal," says a letter signed by leading grassroots organizations.
Calling the TPP a “trade” deal (it isn’t) the corporate community and the Obama administration are now trying to sell it as important for national security. Recent op-eds make a strong case that this is just wrong.