There’s something happening here.
There are small signs that real recovery might finally be kicking in. (Republicans have been able to obstruct it for only so long.) But we have not rewired the economic paradigm to work for the 99%, so any recovery will only bring back the imbalances that caused the problems in the first place.
Just what is this Koch Industries? Should it be called a "company?" If so we need to re-think the idea of what a company and a business is supposed to be. Even the brother of Koch Industries owners David and Charles Koch called the company an "organized crime" operation.
Does it seem to you like many of the things conservatives advocate end up bringing the country down? The budget cuts they demand hurt our schools and infrastructure -- which ends up making us less competitive in the world.
The Senate scheduled a vote for 5:30 p.
There is a "Highway Bill" amendment in front of the Senate today that closes loopholes in "Buy America" preferences when government spends money on infrastructure. This is the Brown-Merkley Amendment #1819. Call your senators now! The Brown-Merkley Amendment #1819 fixes the following:
It's time for nominations for the Maria Leavey Tribute Award. If you know someone who deserves this award, please nominate them! This annual award honors an unsung hero of the progressive movement whose behind-the-scenes work and selfless service has made a major contribution to social justice.
There is a bipartisan bill in the Congress that regulates call centers, names companies that move jobs out of the country, gives customers the right to talk to Americans if they are having trouble understanding the support representative, protects private information that you give to the representat...
Conservatives and plutocrats claim that cutting taxes makes the economy grow.
Non-violent direct action. Last month I wrote in, You Should Know About The "99% Spring", Action Coming -- Spread The Word! This is a Big Deal, just look at end of this post for the list of organizations that are signed on to this so far - and more coming.
Conservatives like to talk about how well the economy did under Reagan, and how poorly it is doing now. Then they say that government "takes money out of the economy." But the difference in economic growth was that under Reagan the government was spending and hiring, and now it isn't.
In January the President sidestepped Republican obstruction and made "recess appointments" to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). This was because Senate Republicans were blocking all nominations
Recent stories about the conditions of Apple's contractors in China have opened many people's eyes about where our jobs, factories, industries and economy have been going, and why.
Unions have been fighting the 1% vs 99% fight for more than 100 years. Now the rest of us are learning that this fight is also OUR fight.
Who are the 1%? Who is getting rich exploiting the 99%? Meet the worst of the 1%.
Again and again (and again and again) we hear -- and learn the hard way -- that our "keep government out of it" approach to economic and manufacturing policy is hurting us.
Action Coming -- Spread The Word! This is a Big Deal, just look at end of this post for the list of organizations that are signed on to this so far - and more coming.
Our politicians are doing and saying increasingly incomprehensible things. The separation from regular people is unbelievable. But in politics you "dance with the one that brung ya," and these things become comprehensible and believable when you look at who is bringing them to the dance.
Robert Reich says the economy's problem is that regular working people are not sharing in the gains that the economy makes. He says the idea that bringing back manufacturing will fix this is an illusion. I agree and disagree.
In Will We Choose A Chinese Future, David Sirota asks the core question: "Do we accept an economic competition that asks us to emulate China?" THIS is the choice that the "job creators" are demanding that we make when they say we need to be more "
This is the 3rd anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, commonly known as President Obama's "stimulus." Republicans say it made the economy worse. Let's see...
PBS' NewsHour had a terrific segment exploring the question, Are Chinese Business Partnerships a Good Deal for U.S. Companies? Watch Peter Navarro describe what he calls "weapons of job destruction."
Presidential candidate Rick Santorum has gained popularity by saying he supports efforts to revitalize American manufacturing. But he remains silent about House Republicans keeping the China Currency Bill from being brought to the floor for a vote.
As China's Vice President Xi Jinping visits the US Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney blasts President Obama for not being tough enough on China. Meanwhile Romney says nothing about House Republicans keeping the China Currency Bill from being brought to the floor for a vote.
I want to send a warning to working people in Europe: when you let your businesses save money by mistreating workers in other countries, it might teach them to think they can save money by mistreating you, too. Over here in the US we have learned this the hard way.
China is very, very "business-friendly." Corporate conservatives lecture us that we should be more "business-friendly," in order to "compete" with China. They say we need to cut wages and benefits, work longer hours, get rid of overtime and sick pay -- even lunch breaks.
Chinese Vice President Xi is visiting the United States.
Saying the country can't "cut our way to growth," the President has some serious infrastructure money in his budget, along with serious help for America's manufacturers. This will create jobs and make our economy more competitive. Republicans are already blasting it as "more government spending."
Get to know the name Xi Jinping.
For the last several days there has been an absolute furor over the Obama administration's decision to require employer health insurance plans to cover birth control.
"Producers" and "parasites." Cruel language justifying extreme greed seems to be mainstream now. Even Presidential candidates feel free to disparage 99% of us!
President Obama is preparing to roll out his 2013 budget. If he wants a budget that gets rid of the deficit, meets human needs and does the things that polls show the public overwhelmingly wants done, The People's Budget Is The Template!
Economist Christina Romer had an op-ed in the NY Times this weekend, Do Manufacturers Need Special Treatment? The question that keep coming back to me is why did she feel the need to write an op-ed to diss manufacturing? Is it just an economist thing?
PBS NewsHour took a look at why Germany's economy is doing so well, while much of the rest of Europe is not doing so well.
The FAA reauthorization bill has passed Congress with its anti-union provisions. Once again big companies of the 1% were able to use their money and power to buy legislation that hurts 99% of us. And many Dems joined in. Watch the powerful video at the end of this post.
Not long ago, in A Win For Labor - FAA Bill Drops Anti-Union Language, I wrote that, "negotiators have dropped the anti-union language for votes to start a union. Republicans were insisting that no-shows be counted as "No" votes. Delta's check must have been mailed late."
This is Part II of Companies As Buy-And-Sell Commodities. See Part I, Companies As Buy-And-Sell Commodities - Workers, Customers and Country As Costs.
This is Part I of Companies As Buy-And-Sell Commodities. See Part II, Caught In A Machine That Grinds Us Up.
The news is just out, the economy added a healthy number of new jobs last month, even with government jobs still declining thanks to austeridiocy. The better news is that there is an accelerating trend.
This week three new reports described even more continuing damage to our economy caused by China's trade cheating -- and our own lack of response. Even as the auto industry recovers and auto-assembly jobs are returning, the auto-parts industry and jobs are not.