The continuing trade deficit means that jobs, wealth and the economic ecosystems that enable a country to thrive (or at least make a living) are disappearing.
If you think privatization of government services "saves money," you are mistaken. It is penny-wise and pound foolish, costing some of us everything and all of us dearly.
Bernie Sanders strongly voiced his opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership on Wednesday and committed to doing what he can to kill the deal if he is elected president. Will Hillary Clinton commit to doing the same?
As trade representatives officially sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership in New Zealand, significant opposition is rising.
There are some surprises, some confirmations and some warnings in a caucus in which overall turnout, first-time turnout and younger voter turnout were all down for Democrats from 2012.
George McGovern was the Democratic nominee against incumbent Richard Nixon in the 1972 election. He lost in a landslide. Were the right lessons learned from that campaign?
The Washington Post's latest editorial on Bernie Sanders says we can't wish away the plutocratic control of our economy and it is "fantastical" to think otherwise and try.
Ford Motor said this week that it will close operations in Japan and Indonesia because it sees "no reasonable path to profitability." Last year GM pulled out of Indonesia. This is in spite of the coming Trans-Pacific Partnership.
We the People of the United States, through our elected representatives in Congress, allow this. Or, to put it in today's reality: Billionaires and their corporations pay handsomely for a Congress that allows this.
A ballot initiative would require San Jose, Calif., employers to offer qualified part-time employees the opportunity to work additional hours before they hire new part-time or temporary employees.
It's been out of the news, but there's always the risk that Wall Street will find a way to force the Trans-Pacific Partnership back to the fore. Contact Congress and ask your representative to come out publicly against the TPP.
You might have heard that there is lead in Flint, Michigan's water. You're not going to believe how much. But you'll probably believe it happened because of government-hating Republicans.
You're going to be hearing a lot of whining and moaning about the budget deficit going up. The same people who will be whining and moaning about deficits pushed through massive tax cuts last year.
The Clinton campaign is accusing the Sanders campaign of "going negative." Is this Clinton accusation just an attempt to "muddy the waters" as Clinton's attacks on Sanders' health care plans backfire?
This is an old-style of politicking. Misleading people by misrepresenting the policy positions in this way borders on a character attack instead of contrasting policy positions.
Will the President provide a positive, progressive message for the future in his last State of the Union address, or will he continue to push the wildly unpopular, corporate/Wall Street-written Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)?
If the corporate/billionaire class gets its way — and it looks like they will — the terrible inequality you see in the country today is nothing compared to what’s coming.
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.