Our country’s “free trade” agreements have followed a framework of trading away our democracy and middle-class prosperity in exchange for letting the biggest corporations dominate.
During Thursday's Republican presidential debate, CNN's Dana Bash falsely framed a question about Social Security. Here are some facts about Social Security that can help people who are worried by these Republican lies and scare tactics.
Look at Bernie Sanders' surprise 20-point comeback in this week's Michigan primary. With primaries coming soon in the Rust Belt and the South, will Sanders' trade appeal resonate again?
There is a lesson to learn from Michigan’s Democratic primary upset: Voters are tired of having their intelligence insulted by cynical politicians using 90’s-style “gotcha’ politics.”
In a presidential debate just two days before Michigan’s primary, Hillary Clinton dropped a ‘gotcha’ bomb on Bernie Sanders, saying he “was against the auto bailout.” Here's what that bomb destroyed.
The trade deficit is a metric for jobs leaking out of the economy, which causes wages to stagnate. The continuing trade deficit is the reason that Friday's February jobs report showed that manufacturing lost 16,000 jobs.
Trump is tapping into an economic anxiety felt by many, many Americans. Our trade policies are at the root of this anxiety. People get it, and he knows it and says it.
Normally (and according to the Constitution) the process is that the President nominates a new justice, the Senate holds hearings, and there is a vote to confirm that nominee or not. According to the Constitution, that’s their job.
A World Trade Organization ruling shows how the Trans-Pacific Partnership would restrict the ability of governments to make decisions if they collide with the interests of giant, multinational corporations.
The difference is very difficult to spot. The word "paragraph" has been changed to "subparagraph." But this makes a major change for the worse to the intellectual property provisions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
"Establishment" economists attacked Bernie Sanders by attacking an analysis by economist Gerald Friedman. Friedman said Sanders' plan would produce significant growth in an economy that continues to underperform.
Promoting TPP in front of the Montery Bay Aquarium shark tank is reminiscent of President Obama promoting TPP at job-offshoring Nike as increasing American jobs.
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's death affects the Friedrichs v. California Teachers case, which the conservative majority on the court was prepared to use to bankrupt public-employee unions.
Corporate conservatives are accusing Sanders of "buying votes" by "promising" "free stuff." Is it true? The people who consider the things We the People "get" from government just "free stuff" misunderstand the purpose of government.
Many say we should "run government like a business" and "save money" by "cutting spending" and "making government smaller." Does this work? Do we really save money?
People are questioning Hillary Clinton over millions in speaking fees and contributions from Wall Street. There are specific steps she can take now, and pledges she can make about what she will do if elected. Will she?
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.