America’s Failed Mole-by-Mole Trade Policy

Last week several groups, including the United Steelworkers, petitioned the federal government to whack the latest trade mole – illegally traded auto parts from China. With President Obama announcing creation of a new trade enforcement unit in his State of the Union Addre
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Emblematic of 1 Percenters Cooper Tire Punk’d Workers

Four years ago, Cooper Tire told its workers they’d have to sacrifice to save the company. With a straight face, Cooper executives said it was essential for the corporation’s survival that workers take tens of millions in pay and benefit cuts.
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Recess Appointments Backlash to Blackmail

In America, when gangs of bullies torment school children, pushing them around and extorting their lunch money, parents know only one response effectively counters the abuse: confrontation.
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Republicans Try to Convert America into Pottersville

In the iconic Christmas film, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” an angel offers the beleaguered main character, George Bailey, the stark choice between a hometown named for a cruel banker or […]
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Americans Are Greater Together

It wasn’t so much a vote as a proclamation of ideology last Thursday when Republicans filibustered Obama’s nominee to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The rebuff had nothing to […]
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Hey GOP Give the 99 Percent Some Lovin’

MTV needs to stop giving that creepy vampire guy and moony human girl in the “Twilight” series the “best kiss” prize in its annual movie awards because it’s Republicans who […]
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The 1 Percent Indifferent to Their Indebtedness

Most Americans, the 99 percent, feel the pressure of indebtedness. When they owe a friend a buck, their conscience bothers them until they’re square. They pay their bills, working second […]
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Crash Tax Wall Street Reparations

Wall Street waged war on the American economy and middle class with its reckless gambling. It wasn’t Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac that crashed the economy. It wasn’t the federal […]
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Sacrilege Wall Street Worship

Americans have been worshiping a bull. Too many citizens, and particularly politicians, prostrate themselves to Wall Street’s bronze idol. They revere financial titans who pay themselves and their minions millions […]
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The 99 Seek a Just Economy Not Just an Economy

Republicans jammed together a mess of old, failed and vague schemes and called it a jobs bill. Sen. John McCain conceded the reason for the rehash: “Part of it is […]
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The Week of Walking Backwards

As the Occupy Wall Street movement spread across the nation last week, politicians in D.C. flipped the bird at protesters – including those camping in Washington’s McPherson Square. Here’s how: […]
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Years of Discontent Trigger American Autumn

To convey the significance of the Occupy Wall Street movement, NBC News anchor Brian Williams this week quoted the 1960s Buffalo Springfield song, For What It’s Worth: “There is something […]
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Seeking a Trade Rule Enforcer

Leo Gerard will be addressing the Oct. 3-5 Take Back the American Dream conference about the “Contract for the American Dream” and how we can “Stop Outsourcing the American Dream.” […]
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Labor Day Build Esprit de Corps for Action

Celebrate Labor Day. Really, celebrate. It’s important. Wear a t-shirt announcing to the world the name of your union and march in a parade, chanting and whooping it up about […]
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Murdoch News Corp Too Big to Know

The Bush administration told taxpayers to hand over hundreds of billions of their hard-earned dollars to bail out Wall Street banks because the financial institutions were too big to fail. […]
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Buy American Jobs

Efforts by those who never want to hear someone say, “Bye-bye American manufacturing,” converged coincidentally to make June Buy American month. First, at the forceful urging of U.S. Sen. Bernie […]
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Fix the Hazards; Don’t Blame the Workers

The Clearwater Paper Corp. in Lewistown, Idaho chose the king cobra to symbolize its workplace safety program. A cobra. One of the deadliest snakes on the planet. Every day on […]
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Colombia FTA Rewarding Promises Instead of Performance

Tragically, the government of Colombia exhibits the behavior of an addict. And, just as regrettably, the United States is co-dependent, so addicted to so called free trade that it plans […]
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GOP Offers No Death Panels Just Death From Lack of Care

Republicans concocted death panels in an attempt to terrify Americans about health care reform, then propagated the lie because they wanted insurance corporations to profit from illness and injury unfettered. […]
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March to Stop the Freeloaders

The nation’s greedy corporations and insatiable wealthy are fattening themselves on workers. There’s no trickle down. It’s the opposite; the rich have been sucking the economic lifeblood from the middle […]
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False Fear Cyborgs Instead of CEOs

The nightmare for far too many is Cyborgs. The public fears HAL, the 2001 Space Odyssey computer that killed astronauts rather than forfeit its objective. So terrified of the sentient […]
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Wisconsin Subterfuge Violates American Democratic Values

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and his crew of country club conservatives this week brutalized the nation’s democratic traditions to secure legislation demanded by big corporations and billionaire conservative financiers like […]
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On Women’s Day GOP Attacks Women

Not like Valentine’s Day, which is about love and chocolate, or Mother’s Day, which is about sentimentality and breakfast in bed, International Women’s Day is about equality and autonomy. The […]
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Making America the Best Place on Earth to Work

Not the wars. Not greenhouse gasses. Not even the deficit. The issue most important to Americans is jobs. Despite that, jobs failed to make an appearance in the State of […]
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Time to Wield the Foreign Policy Stick

America plays the role of abused partner in its relationship with China. Although the Asian giant repeatedly injures U.S. industry by violating international trade rules, America has responded, almost exclusively, […]
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Rights Come with Responsibilities; the Right Shirks Theirs

Five years ago, a 47-year-old Missouri woman began a duplicitous on-line courtship through MySpace with a 13-year-old neighbor who once had been friends with the woman’s daughter. The adult, Lori […]
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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Oligarchy

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas Ev’rywhere you go; Take a look in Tiffany’s store, glistening once again With Wall Street bonus trinkets all aglow. It’s beginning to […]
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Political Corruption GOP Embraces the Ken Lay Way

The GOP has adopted the Ken Lay principles – that is obfuscation, false statements and feigned innocence. Republicans are obfuscating about the real reason for their opposition to extending unemployment […]
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Corporate Rewards Controlling US Trade Policy

Real men, real human beings, with feelings and families, fought and died at Gettysburg to preserve the Union, to ensure, as their president, Abraham Lincoln, would say later, that “government […]
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Mourning in America Death of the Middle Class

The deficit commission report issued last week is another Saturday night special pressed to the temple of the American middle class. “Turn over your money and your benefits or your […]
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The Voters Message Manufacturing a Solution

No doubt voters sent a message last Tuesday. Deciphering it correctly is crucial. Republican cryptographers interpreted the election results that gave the GOP control of one house of Congress as […]
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Vote for Hope

The electorate is bitter and angry. It’s no wonder. Foreclosures rise while Wall Street bankers, whose recklessness caused this grave recession, grab million dollar bonuses. Unemployment is stuck at 9.5 […]
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Republicans Don’t Trust Americans

Republican fund-raisers are treating Americans like little children, as if the GOP knows best and must shelter the youngsters from the truth. It’s like when a kindergartner asks his father […]
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