Two recent cases demonstrate the danger to democratic government from investor-state dispute provisions in trade agreements. It appears it is President Obama who was “absolutely wrong” about the dangers of TPP.
The Freidrichs case is not just about unions; it is also setting up an argument against separation of church and state.
The Supreme Court has again decided to reconsider "settled law." The goal is to bankrupt public employee unions by denying them funding for services they are legally bound to provide to every worker – including nonmembers.
This enormous, humongous trade deficit sucked a quarter of a percent from quarterly economic growth and will continue to drag down job prospects, wages and living standards.
The economy suffers from lack of demand. How do you increase demand in an economy? With jobs that pay well. How do you get jobs to pay well? Maintain our infrastructure.
"Under my administration, Wall Street CEOs will no longer receive a get-out-of jail free card," Sanders says just blocks from Wall Street. "Big banks will not be too big to fail. Big bankers will not be too big to jail."
Democrats should demand that the Democratic National Committee schedule several more debates and schedule them at a time when most people can and will watch.
2015 marked a year of change in a progressive direction. And the country is solidly behind this move. Just look at Saturday’s (near-secret) Democratic debate.
In a country with a Constitution beginning with the words, "We the People," should our economy work for all of us instead of just a few of us?
Republicans put a surprise sneak-law into the big, last-minute “Omnibus” budget bill: it bans the administration from making companies and “charities” disclose who is putting up the bribe money money for political campaigns.
We can continue to have a rigged system that enables and encourages predators to take advantage of the public, or we can offer public options that protect and provide services for the public.
With a Republican Congress, every budget battle is about ratcheting down the things our government does to make our lives better. This year was no exception. But We the People got some things out of the bargaining.
In August, Netflix announced a great, new parental leave policy. But it only covered already-well-off employees. Progressives launched a campaign and now Netflix is giving family leave to other employees, too.
Do not be misled about reports that a Trans-Pacific Partnership vote is being delayed. It's a bargaining ploy. Republicans want “side agreements” that give corporations even more. We have to keep up the fight.
The reason TPP might not get enough establishment Republican votes is that it does not destroy American sovereignty enough, and does not rig the rules against working people enough.
This week, dozens of federal food service contract workers staged a sit-in at Sen. Ted Cruz's office, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren showed up at the Senate cafeteria to tell the workers to “KEEP FIGHTING!”
A new study measured job losses from Walmart’s offshoring at 400,000. That doesn’t measure the cost of low-wage employees on public assistance, or budget cuts forced on us by the resulting billionaires.
The U.S. Congress is being told they must repeal country-of-origin labeling law or we face billions in punishment. U.S. courts don't get a say. We the People don't, either.
The Labor Advisory Committee created by Congress to assess the Trans-Pacific Partnership says the proposed treaty is "skewing benefits to economic elites while leaving workers to bear the brunt of the TPP’s downside."
Will Hillary Clinton actively and boldly lobby against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, convincing members of Congress who voted for fast track authority to vote against the trade deal itself?
The U.S. Census Bureau reported Friday that the October goods and services trade deficit was an enormous, humongous $43.9 billion. This is for a single month.
Friday’s November jobs report shows that the manufacturing sector lost 1,000 jobs, which prompted an alliance of manufacturers to declare that "our goods-producing economy is struggling under the yoke of global weakness."
In a recent post, I wrote that Bernie Sanders does not yet have a corporate tax plan. I was mistaken. Here is a look at Sanders' Corporate Tax Dodging Prevention Act.
If you close a factory in the U.S., move the production to a low-wage country, bring the same goods back to the U.S. and sell them in the same stores, you have just "increased trade" because now those goods cross a border.
You might have heard a few things about terror and ISIS in the last few weeks. You might not have heard that Republicans in Congress are blocking a vote to keep those terrorists from being able to buy guns.
Republicans in Congress and the corporate-funded conservative echo chamber are temporarily pausing from scaring people with "deficit" propaganda and quietly passing a bunch of tax cuts for special interests.
The group's print ads will appear in Politico, The Hill, and Roll Call and are intended to drive awareness of the lack of enforceable currency provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Clinton's $275 billion infrastructure plan released Monday offers modest spending and contains few specifics. Contrast that with candidate Bernie Sanders, who has proposed a highly detailed, $1 trillion plan.
With the Trans-Pacific Partnership now public, "foreign-owned companies" illegally fire workers who will be making less than $7 a day. Workers are harassed, arrested and beaten if they try to organize to improve their lives.
Here are some of the things you are likely to hear from your Fox-watching right-wing brother-in-law at the Thanksgiving table Thursday. Brace yourself.
The resulting company will be located where it is located now. It will make and sell products in the same places it makes and sells them now. The same executives will occupy the same buildings. It will receive the services...
Next year Social Security recipients get a zero cost-of-living-allowance, but CEOs just got a taxpayer-subsidized raise. Sen. Elizabeth Warren proposes matching that raise for seniors. Which side is your representative on?
Even after 34 senators wrote a letter to the (foreign-owned) contractor that operates the outsourced Senate cafeteria, the workers had to file another labor rights complaint.
Public polling shows that the things Sanders talked about in his speech are things that most Americans agree with and approve of. They are, as Sanders worded it, "wildly popular."
If there was ever an Elizabeth Warren speech to see, it is this one: The Massachusetts senator warns about what is happening with the coming corporate tax reform fight and why we should be paying attention.
What is it about the people in Beirut – and Baghdad and Syria and so many other places under attack by ISIS – that makes them somehow different from Parisians, and less worthy of our attention, empathy and solidarity?
Thirty-four Democratic senators have issued a strongly-worded letter requesting that a British-owned federal contracting company pay their workers a living wage and allow them to unionize.
The major story coming out of the debate was candidate Hillary Clinton's invoking of 9/11 to justify her Wall Street speaking fees and campaign contributions.
Traditional banks have abandoned communities, leaving people stranded. Postal banking serves the public, not Wall Street. We could have postal banking right now, if enough of the public speaks up and demands it.
When talking about trade and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Donald Trump was correct about China: "The TPP ... is a deal that is going to lead to nothing but trouble."