Corporations get a special channel for submitting claims and getting enforcement of the words that appear in the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Labor, environmentalists and other "stakeholders" don't get that.
President Obama said that people who have concerns about Fast Track and TPP “don’t know what they’re talking about,” and compared them to conservatives like Sarah Palin talking about "death panels."
Sander Levin's "right track" bill was a path to doing at least some good for labor and others through passage of authorizing legislation for the Trans-Pacific Partnership. But it was quickly shut down.
Given a choice between the market law of supply and demand and their hatred of our government, conservatives choose hatred of government over free markets every time.
Through privatization and contracting the U.S. Government has become the country's biggest low-wage job creator, funding over 2 million poverty jobs.
There was a big rally in Washington on Monday to denounce the Trade Promotion Authority and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal that "fast track" will push through Congress.
"Past trade deals haven't always lived up to the hype." So Congress and the public need as much time as it takes to evaluate TPP, and must be allowed to fix problems that might turn up in that time.
Fast track effectively pre-approves secretive trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) before the Congress and the public have a chance read, analyze and thoroughly consider their ramifications.
A foreign trade court has blocked the US from letting citizens know that tuna from some Mexican companies is not dolphin-safe. This non-U.S. "court" has the power to nullify our federal Dolphin Protection Consumer Information Act.
Today is Tax Day, and Republicans are voting to repeal the estate tax. This is a huge, huge tax cut for only the top 0.2 percent – people worth more than $5.4 million (and couples worth $10.9 million).
Ohio gets it about "NAFTA-style" trade deals. Fast Track and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are coming for the rest of Ohio's jobs and Ohio is fighting back. Will Hillary Clinton join the fight?
Any day now the fast track bill will be introduced in the Senate. Fast track is, in essence, congressional preapproval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.
Very soon Congress is expected to begin consideration of a Trade Promotion Authority (“fast track”) bill. There will be a “Week of Action Against Fast Tracking Trade Deals” that will kick off Wednesday, April 15.
Every time a conservative blames an individual for making bad choices, it makes the case for more government. When people are proven to make bad choices we need a “nanny state” to make good choices for them.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership and the rigged “fast track” process are a new "third rail" to "the base." Progressive leaders are working to warn Hillary Clinton off from grabbing that new third rail.
Everyone gets that past "free" trade deals rigged the rules against working people. Stopping new trade deals from making things worse is one part of the populist movement rebelling against extreme economic inequality.
Unfortunately, the drop in the trade deficit was not the result of our trade partners finally buying as much from us as they sell to us (a.k.a. actual trade).
Why does the SEC continue to refuse to require corporations to disclose to shareholders how much of their money they are throwing into elections?
The Seattle City Council unanimously passed a resolution opposing Fast Track and expressing strong concern about the upcoming Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
In one more of many stunning examples of failure to govern, the Republican budget proposal cuts back infrastructure funding even more.
The American steel industry is getting hammered, and not by American-made Kentucky Bourbon. Steel companies are laying off, and closing plants due to low-cost foreign imports.
The New York Times story on the contents of a leaked chapter of the TPP showed that it’s as bad as many of us feared: It would let firms "sue" governments for loss of "expected future profits." Let that sink in.
Reports say the idea is to “sharpen differences” among liberals and blacks. This naturally leaves progressives asking if it is really “progressive” to try to divide “liberals” and “blacks?”
A New York Times op-ed calls for killing the Export-Import Bank because it helps American companies compete globally. A Times story reports that the anti-government Koch brothers network is behind the campaign.
Seattle's city council is preparing to vote on a resolution opposing fast track trade authority, and a number of organizations sent an open letter spelling out what an acceptable fast-track process would do.
The title of the segment was “TPP Tradenado” and the topic was trade, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), fast-track trade authority and a new AstroTurf campaign supposedly from "progressives."
The Progressive Caucus held a news conference Wednesday releasing their "People’s Budget: A Raise for America." It would, among other things, create 8.4 million good-paying jobs by 2018. Did the media cover this?
What is the reason for the delay/refusal? Are the people at the SEC simply “playing ball,” hoping for lucrative corporate rewards when they leave government?
All of these factions want the government cut back. None of them care about investing in infrastructure, science, education, health care, safety-net programs, or other ways of helping the public.
Next week, progressives in Congress will release their annual budget proposal. They do this every year, and every year the national news media largely ignores it. Will the elite media report on it this year?
While the Trans-Pacific Partnership is still secret, leaks and precedent indicate that it will contain provisions allowing giant, multinational corporations to bypass our country’s legal system.
Krugman takes on the old trope that “protectionism” — democracies using tariffs to protect wages and regulations from being undermined by the lower costs that a thugocracy offers — harms the world’s economy.
A new PR campaign in support of Trade Promotion Authority a.k.a. “Fast Track” and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is launching. As its foundation are a set of misleading (at best) claims beginning with a Four-Pinocchio whopper.
If people understood the trade deficit and the harm it does, they would demand that our politicians do something to fix it. And if that happened great things would happen for working people and our economy.
A continuing trade deficit literally drains our economy, jobs, wages, factories, entire industries and our ability to make a living as a country.
Opponents of fast track and the Trans-Pacific Partnership are gaining momentum. In spite of a virtual media blackout, public awareness of and mobilization against the coming trade deal is increasing.
Silicon Valley companies pay a lot at the top and almost nothing at the bottom. And the top is mostly white and male; the bottom is mostly people of color. Here's how workers are successfully organizing for a better deal.
Eight senators let the country know there is going to be a fight over fast track trade authority and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Sen. Bernie Sanders said, "Enough is enough. This country now is in a major race to the bottom."
All the talk about “trade” deals might seem complicated, with all the “TPP” and “TPA” and “FTA” and “TTIP” floating around. It doesn’t have to be difficult, though.