Thousands of civil society groups coalesced to combat the TPP. The battle engaged slowly with objections to the secret negotiations. Protests grew exponentially. It was the concerted action of many, like the fire ant, that killed the TPP.
As the steel industry collapsed in the 1990s, I found some lawmakers true to their word. Hillary Clinton was one. She never let workers down. Steel is in crisis again. I want a President I know I can trust to help workers. That is Clinton.
Fearing they could not win fair and square, Republicans took steps to prevent young, old, black and Hispanic people – people likely to vote Democratic – from reaching the polls. This GOP Frankenstein threatens democracy itself.
If Clinton had passed a law forcing Trump to buy American steel, it would have meant he was coerced to follow rules. It would have meant he was a follower. If Trump had purposefully bought American steel, he'd have been a leader. He did not
Warren Buffett, who is more than six times richer than Donald Trump, demonstrates American values in both words and actions. Trump displays utter obliviousness to those values.
Trump condemns China for cheating on trade, but bought cheap Chinese steel and aluminum to construct his buildings in Chicago and Las Vegas. Would a President Trump use Chinese steel and aluminum in his U.S. infrastructure repair plan?
The press is in love with saying blue-collar workers are in love with Trump. But the AFL-CIO found fewer than a third of its members support Trump. That’s true in my union, the United Steelworkers, as well. Here are members explaining why.
If Trump really is a $10 billionaire as he claims, there'd be no reason for him to beg a charity to pay his bills. Before voting, Americans have a right to know whether Trump is lying about his wealth. He must release his tax returns.
Despite incomes and health insurance coverage rising while unemployment, poverty and food insecurity all falling, Donald Trump says America is a hellhole. Perhaps that’s because he can’t accept morning in America delivered by Democrats.
Trump claims he’s told Americans all they need to know about his finances. But after this whole Bondi affair, it’s probably better to go with a version of the Reagan admonition when dealing with the Trump tax returns: distrust and verify.
America has always been innovative. Now it must innovate on trade rules to save its steel industry, its steel jobs and all those jobs that are dependent on steel jobs.
Trump called Pennsylvanians vote thieves, although the state GOP could find absolutely no in person voter fraud in the state. None. But that doesn’t matter because when Republicans like Trump cheat, they think everyone else cheats too.
Donald Trump’s violent, provocative behavior makes him far too dangerous to get anywhere near nuclear codes. For Americans who want peace and security, not war, this man is too risky to inhabit the White House.
A huge number of high school educated white men don’t go to Trump rallies. They aren’t flag waving bigots. These are guys who only carry guns when hunting. They’re angry, all right. They’re angry at being associated with Donald Trump.
The choice is stark. It is between the uplifting, embracing philosophy offered by Michelle Obama and the Democrats Monday night or the dark and gloomy sky-is-falling, world-is-ending pessimism of Donald Trump an the Republicans.
Trump’s reactions to the slaughter of police in Dallas and Baton Rouge, the recordings of police killings of black men, and the massacre in Orlando showed he’s a businessman with a heart of stone, a man who would widen the country's divides
Trump’s tax plan, his refusal to raise the minimum wage, his insistence that workers make too much all endear him to his fellow 1 percenters. With pledges like these, Trump plans to guarantee billionaires like him continue taking too much.
Trump, who brags, “I am really rich,” wants to climb out of his luxury sky box and sit in the nosebleed seats with hardworking Rust-Belters who sweat over mortgage payments. It’s a joke. It’s a British royalist claiming to be a colonist.
The name Donald Trump is synonymous with the words “You’re fired!” He made money by brutally, publicly taking people’s jobs from them. And he clearly enjoyed it. Donald Trump is no jobs candidate.
When Americans elect a president, they want a leader who will look out for the little guy. Exploiting the little guy – and everybody else – to make a buck for himself is Donald Trump’s M.O. That’s not presidential.
Donald Trump a small-tent guy. Only rich white male Christians like him fit in. That, frankly, is un-American. And certainly unbefitting a person who is supposed to represent the best interests of all Americans.
Donald Trump told veterans on national TV that he raised $6 million for them. Then he refused to account for where the money went. Trump believes he should always be praised and never held liable, no matter what he does.
Donald Trump contends billionaire presidential candidates get a special exemption from releasing their income tax returns. Dodgin’ Donald doesn’t want workers to find out that while they paid the IRS every week, he paid nothing.
It’s easy to understand why Donald "I am really, really rich" Trump opposes raising the minimum wage. This guy who was born with a really, really silver spoon in his mouth doesn’t have a clue what living on $7.25 an hour means.
A backlash against so-called free trade is evident in the groundswell of support for insurgent presidential candidates on the left and right who denounce these failed policies. The first victim of this uprising should be the proposed TPP.
The US can become a weakling, reliant on other nations for steel, including some, like China, that clearly are not allies. Or, the United States can act now, as U.S. Steel demands, to secure America’s industrial strength and independence.
Last week GOP House members conducted a hearing to further their case against saving the lives of workers exposed to silica dust. To appease big business, the GOP wants to reverse a new rule that will save lives by limiting silica exposure.
China makes way, way too much steel – nearly 500 million tons more than it needed last year – to keep its citizens employed, its mills running and its country free of civic unrest. It exports that steel – and unemployment.
Corporations virtually eliminated secure pensions, forced workers into risky, self-pay plans and handed hundreds of millions in tax-free retirement benefits to the top dogs. Pensions aren’t dead; they’re just exclusive now.
The GOP campaign has been a hate fest with Donald Trump and Ted Cruz contending for No. 1 hater of Muslims and undocumented workers and women. Hate may have brought the GOP a load of publicity but it lost the party a bushel of bucks.
The GOP is expressing deep derision for 65 million Americans who voted to re-elect Barack Obama and for the American democratic process by obstructing the duly elected U.S. President from fulfilling his Constitutional obligations.
The U.S. runs massive trade deficits with the other 11 TPP countries. Trade deficits mean products are shipped to the U.S. rather than made in the U.S. The math is simple. A drop in Asian currency means a drop in U.S. jobs.
China makes too much steel. With government subsidies and currency manipulation that are illegal under international trade rules, China sells steel overseas at below production cost, bankrupting fair market manufacturers and killing jobs.
GOP candidates boast about building a physical wall to keep poor Mexican immigrants out of America. They fail to offer an economic barrier to prevent U.S. corporations from impoverishing American workers by exporting their jobs to Mexico.
The IRS took five years to review the Crossroads GPS application for nonprofit social welfare status. Most Americans would need five minutes to determine that Crossroads is about politics, not social welfare.
As America’s tool makers and freight car builders are furloughed, their factories shuttered and offshored, America is wasting. Ill-conceived free trade deals, like the proposed TPP, are reducing it to a nation of stooped shoulders.
Working America found among white blue-collar workers huge support for Donald Trump, who like a preacher of prejudice validates cursing the nation’s marginalized and accusing them of emptying workers’ bank accounts.
Like the former venture capitalist he is, GOP Gov. Rick Snyder denied Flint, Mich., the funds it needed to keep clean water flowing, then asked for a federal bailout when Flint's kids were poisoned by lead-tainted water.
Republicans have been trying to repeal Obamacare for five years. They’ve made no effort to patch the gaping hole that would leave behind because they believe Americans who get cancer and don't have health insurance are on their own.
In keeping with the figgy-pudding and potato latke traditions of the holidays, here’s a recipe for delivering joy to the workers so that they can spread holiday merriment: