You Want To Bring The Old Economy Back? Really?

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.

Koch And Native-American Reservation Oil Theft

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.

Call Senators Buy America Amendment Today

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:

Its Time To Pass The Call-Center Bill

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...

99 Spring April 9-15

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.

The Big Reagan Recovery Was Government Spending And Hiring

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.

Who Are The 1

Who are the 1%? Who is getting rich exploiting the 99%? Meet the worst of the 1%.

Were A Country Deal With It

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.

Will American Anti-Labor Policies Infect Europe?

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 “Business-Friendly”

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.

Infrastructure And Manufacturing In The Presidents Budget

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."

Here Is A Budget That Works

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!

Manufacturing On Planet Economus

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?

Anti-Union FAA Bill Passes Congress

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.

FAA Bill Still Anti-Labor Call Your Senators

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."

The Jobs Numbers – A True Story

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.

China Cheating Costs 400K Auto Parts Jobs

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.
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