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|Now We Know Why Huge TPP Trade Deal Is Kept Secret From The Public
A key section of the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement has been leaked to the public. The New York Times has a major story on the contents of the leaked chapter and it's as bad ...
|How Our "Free Trade" Policies Kill Jobs
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 ...
|The Senate Blockbuster Showdown On Trade The Media Missed
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 ...
|A "Grand Alliance" To Save Our Public Postal Service
The Conservative/Wall Street/1 Percent/Republican anti-government strategy is to set government up to fail (usually by starving it of funding). Then they point to the resulting "crisis" they created ...
|What You Need To Know When Obama Talks Trade
To sell a new trade pact, President Obama's State of the Union address is expected to feature a small business that increased its exports after we signed the South Korea free trade agreement. What ...
|Rep. Alan Grayson Explains Trade Deficit Harm
If people come to understand and worry about the very real trade deficit, they will demand policies that are very good for regular, working people, and "Main Street" businesses that make or do ...
|“Citibank Budget” Push Shows How “Fast Track” For Trade Deals Works
It is worth examining how the process was rigged to push that budget deal through Congress over the weekend that contained Citibank-written derivative deregulation and all kinds of other goodies for ...
|TPP Negotiators Hit With Protests, Media Doesn't Cover
Shouldn't it be a trade violation to threaten to move someone's job to another country? Shouldn't we negotiate trade agreements that increase people's wages on both sides of a trade border? These ...
|Nationwide Fight for $15 Strikes Today In 190 Cities
There are strikes today in 190 cities with fast food workers demanding $15 an hour and the right to unionize. At the same time low-wage federal contract workers are demanding Presidential action to ...
|Is The Democratic Party Relevant Anymore?
Many Democrats examining what happened in the 2014 midterms are asking "what did the voters want?" But the right question is why did only 36.4 percent of potential voters bother to register and vote?
|Give Americans A $2000 Check From "Deferred" Corporate Taxes
U.S. multinational corporations are hoarding an estimated $2 trillion "offshore" to take advantage of a loophole in our tax laws. At our 35 percent top federal corporate tax rate, that represents up ...
|DC Strikers Demand "More Than The Minimum" For Federal Workers
Five members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus joined government contract workers, who shared their struggles to make ends meet, to call for a higher minimum wage and allow the workers to ...
|2014 Election Lesson: Politics Is About Delivering For Your Constituents
Underneath it all, this election was a statement by people against an economy that is not working for them. Democrats failed to deliver a better economy and a better life for most people, and voters ...
|Help Needed: ALEC & Grover on Diane Rehm tomorrow
ALEC & Grover will be on NPR's Diane Rehm radio show tomorrow. I'm asked to help get the word out about this to encourage people to call in How fun would interrogating Grover on national radio be?
|Who Gets Rich Harvesting Burger King and the American Economy?
As fast-food workers across the country strike for decent pay , Burger King is still preparing to abandon the U.S. as its home country. How does a burger company get flipped like this and who gets ...
|Eric Cantor Goes To His Reward - If You Know What I Mean
Eric Cantor was a congressman from Virginia and was House majority leader. He was known for being particularly friendly to Wall Street and the giant, multinational corporations.
|Why Fight For Unions? So We Can Fight An Economy Rigged Against Us
The other day I wrote about how FedEx has been pretending that their employees are not employees , which gets around labor standards for things like overtime, family leave and the rest.
|Austerity Has Made Europe's Depression Longer Than in '30s
Europe's economic depression has now lasted longer than the Great Depression of the 1930s. Meanwhile, America's "Great Recession" also drags on thanks to cutbacks in government spending since the ...
|Three Charts to Email to Your Right-Wing Brother-In-Law -- Updated
Problem : Your right-wing brother-in-law is plugged into the FOX-Limbaugh lie machine, and keeps sending you emails about "Obama spending" and "Obama deficits" and how the "stimulus" just made ...
|Do We Need Corporate ‘Loyalty Oaths’?
This diary explores the reasons We the People enacted laws allowing corporations to exist in the first place.
|Are Republicans Backed By China? House Republicans Block Critical 'Make It In America' Bill
Far-right groups said that the American government securing necessary materials for American companies to manufacture is "interference with the free market." Seriously, are they funded by China?
|A Simplified Way To Tax Multinational Corporations
The idea is to tax corporations based on where sales are made, not where profits are reported. If a company has 50 percent of its sales in the U.S., the U.S. would tax 50 percent of its worldwide ...
|Will We Let Congress Hand Billion$ More To Big Corporations?
This one is simply outrageous. Corporations currently owe up to $700 billion in unpaid, "deferred" taxes. The country needs the money - partly because these companies owe so much in taxes. Which of ...
|Republican Strategy: Obstruct, Blame Democrats For Obstruction's Damage
The Republican strategy is to set the stage for the election by obstructing everything. Then campaign against Democrats because things are not getting better.
|Democrats Who Move Right Lose Elections – There Is No “Center”
Mainstream Democratic campaign consultants and pollsters typically tell candidates they should "move to the right" and campaign to the "center" with positions that are "between" the "left" and the "...
|Tell Your Member of Congress To Vote For The 'Better Off Budget'
Tell your member of Congress (MOC) to vote for the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) "Better Off Budget' (BOB). The public needs to know that this progressive approach addresses so many of the ...
|No Fast Track To TPP: Fix NAFTA First
The big corporations and the Obama administration are trying to push through a giant new trade treaty that gives corporations even more power, and which will send even more jobs, factories, ...
|National Media Blackout Of Saturday's Huge Moral March In Raleigh
A crowd estimated exceed 80,000 showed up to march to protest Republican policies in Raleigh, N.C. Saturday. But you wouldn't know it if you live outside the area.
|Are ‘Globalization’s’ Costs Inevitable?
You hear often that we "live in a global world now." You hear that "globalization" means we have to drop our wages and standards to match those in impoverished, Third-World countries. You hear that ...
|NAFTA At 20: 1 Million Lost Jobs, 580% Increase In Trade Deficit
Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch has issued a new report, NAFTA at 20: One Million U.S. Jobs Lost, Mass Displacement and Instability in Mexico, Record Income Inequality, Scores of Corporate ...
|Who Will Fight To Help The Unemployed?
At the beginning of November, the poor went over the "Hunger Cliff" as Food Stamps were cut . Now long-term unemployment assistance will run out at the end of December. Regular people think the ...
|Did The Stimulus Work? See For Yourself
Did the "stimulus" work? Republicans claim it was a failure, a waste of money, and was the reason the deficit soared. So let's see what happened. And I do mean "see."
|Corporations Owe Hundreds Of Billions Of Taxes But GOP Goes After Federal Employees
Congress is again fighting over the budget with Republicans now demanding cuts in federal employee benefits. Is this really about the budget? Or is it about destroying government? Meanwhile hundreds ...
|Why Do We The People Have To Read TPP On Wikileaks?
We the People finally get to read one chapter of the 29-chapter Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) "trade" agreement. If this agreement becomes law it will fundamentally alter the relationship between ...
"We the People." How many of us have really thought through the implications of these three words? Can people today even imagine a government that is on the side of We the People, instead of being ...
|Will House Republicans Govern Or Destroy The Government They Hate?
The parents of the Republican Party are away for the summer and the Tea-nagers are ransacking the House. But is it really a surprise that people who hate government itself would act to destroy ...
|Not Sexist Summers, Please
Larry Summers for the Fed? Seriously? There are better choices for Federal Reserve chair; in particular, Janet Yellen is more than qualified and would do a great job. ( PS if you are reading this -
|North Carolina State Senator Calls 'Moral Monday' Protesters 'Moral Morons'
"The appeal for each Moral Monday has been the same: urging legislators to govern for the good of the whole, rather than for the wealthy." — Rev. William Barber. Since April, North Carolina ...
|Block Fast Track To Fix Or Stop The Trans-Pacific Partnership Corporate Takeover
You know how big-company lobbyists get some states to pass laws that block cities and counties from doing something about problems like tobacco or guns? Well there is a "trade" treaty called the ...
|The Latest Lie: IRS Targeted Conservatives
Remember the video of the guy in the "pimp costume" who got advice from ACORN employees on how to run his prostitution ring? Turns out the whole story was just a lie, a doctored-video smear job on ...
|This Week's Opportunity To Get Our Labor Board Operating Again
President Obama has nominated five people to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Two are Republicans. All are waiting for confirmation by the Senate. Let your Senators know these nominees ...
|Minimum Wage Raise Essential To Fix Our Economy
The Walton (Walmart) heirs now have as much wealth as up to 40 percent of all Americans combined, and Walmart's sales have been slowing down. What does the first fact have to do with the second? (...
|Will Social Security Cuts Be The Democratic Party's "New Coke?"
All the smartest people in the executive suites just knew that the taste of Coca-Cola needed "reform." Rival Pepsi was advertising to the "New Generation" and Coke's executives came to believe their ...
|Elite-Pundit "Grand Bargain" Frenzy Just Like "Run Up" To Iraq War
The "Grand Bargain" is about showing the world that we can hurt people, so they will know we are "serious."
|Austerity Lovers In D.C., Austerity Haters At Home
In Washington, austerity-hungry Republicans called the sequester's "across the board" spending cuts a "victory" - until their districts feel them. Then they complain about the cuts, but still demand ...
|72000+ to 2: "Wired For Republican" Media Ignores CPC/Dem Back-To-Work Budget
They say that Washington DC and the major media are "wired for Republicans." Steve Benen explains how this works , ... week in and week out, this debate is dominated by voices from only one party. ...
|Bob The Businessman: An American Success Story
This is the story of Bob The businessman. Suppose a local businessman, let’s call him Bob, went around town raising money from the townspeople to open a car dealership. Dozens and dozens of ...
|Filibuster: Hate To Say It But We Told You So
Many of us fought hard to reform the filibuster and fight the Republican obstruction that is blocking everything the country needs to get done. And I do mean everything. We said please just "make ...
|Fix The Trade Deficit, Fix The Economy.
Yet another report is out showing how the trade deficit is costing us millions of jobs and hurting our economy. This report has specific numbers: between 2.2 million and 4.7 million U.S. jobs, ...
|If You Want To Reform Something, Reform The Trade Agreements
When you hear anyone from the big multinationals or Wall Street using the word "reform," watch out! The way they use the word, it means give them more and We, the People get less. They want to "...
|Senators – Before You Vote Ask The Public What They Think A Filibuster Is
Senators, before you vote today on the "make them talk" proposal, go ask members of the public what a filibuster is. The public thinks a filibuster is senators talking all night. It is not a "...
|Disarm The Hostage Bomb -- Stop Governing Based On Threats, Intimidation And Lies
A nation whose constitution begins with the words "We, the People" should not be governed through threats and intimidation and lies. It is time to defuse the hostage-taking bomb. Do not negotiate ...
|Don't Feed The Debt-Ceiling Trolls
Bloggers have learned some hard lessons about engaging with right-wing nutcases who leave nasty comments: "Don't feed the trolls." Starve them of the attention they seek. Ignore them and move on. ...
|Filibuster Day Of Action Thursday - Call Senators
The filibuster used to be an important tool that gave the minority a voice in the Senate. But the Senate made a mistake and changed the rules, which enabled an obstructionist minority to block ... ...
|Jobs First Because Jobs Fix Deficits
What happened to jobs? The pubic wants government to do something about jobs and getting the economy moving, and in DC the only thing is this weird argument about ... anything but jobs and getting ...
|Saying "Fiscal Cliff" Is Taking Sides
The term "fiscal cliff" is a one-sided propaganda phrase that misinforms and triggers public fear and anxiety. The fiscal cliff is not a "cliff" and the country isn't going to fall off anything at ...
|Fiscal Cliff Scare Talk Follows Shock Doctrine Script
Anyone who has read The Shock Doctrine understands exactly what this "Fiscal Cliff" scare is.
|Here Is What Is Happening With #Sensata
If you are hearing about a company names Sensata, here is the story. Right now this company is moving equipment out of a factory in Freeport, Il. and shipping it to China. They are making the ...
|Is This Why Romney Won't Talk To Sensata Workers Whose Jobs Are Being Shipped To China
On the campaign trail Romney says we shouldn't ship jobs to China and should "crack down" on China trade problems. But he refuses to help or even meet with the Sensata workers whose jobs are being ...
|Blocking Bain Trucks To Save Jobs In Freeport
There is a real-life story playing out in real time in Freeport, Illinois, which is west of Chicago. Bain Capital is closing a Sensata factory there, to move the jobs and work to China. The workers ...
|Jobs Are For We, The People. Budget Cuts Are For The Billionaires. Who Will Prevail?
We have millions unemployed with millions more underemployed or just gave up looking, our infrastructure is literally crumbling, our trade deficit is horrendous, our "safety net" has eroded below ...
|The Real Question: WHY Don't People Make Enough To Pay Income Taxes?
Mitt Romney was caught on video complaining that 47% of us don't make enough to pay taxes, believe they are victims, are dependent on government, etc. The right question is why do so many of us ...
|Unions Enforce Democracy
What is Labor Day? And why is it a national holiday? Labor Day is our national holiday to celebrate the contribution that regular working people make to our country and our economy. It is also a ...
|Republicans Again Use Race, And It's OUR Fault That It Still Works
Since forever, the Republican message is STILL "Dems take your money and give it to black people." Doesn't change. Doesn't have to. It's OUR fault.
|Star Trek, Deficits and Why Cutting Government Hurts We, the People!
Mitt Romney's bullet-point, detail-free, policy-free economic "plan" contains a section on cutting the deficit. What is Romney's approach, and what is the effect on our economy and our lives?
|What Is The Calculation Behind Romney's Campaign Of Lies?
The Romney campaign has turned to a strategy of swamping the public with flat-out, blatant lies, one after another, again and again, endlessly and lavishly repeated. They do this because they are ...
|Another New York Times Columnist Attack On Social Security And Medicare
The New York Times contains another elite-columnist attack on our Social Security and Medicare systems today. This time it's in the form of an op-ed by Bill Keller . Recently and regularly, New ...
|Deceptive New Romney Ad Is Key Test For Media
The Romney campaign has released an astonishingly deceptive new ad, containing a blatant, flat-out lie. The new ad actually edits together snippets of words and sentences to make it sound as if ...
|So DID Mitt Romney Really "Create Jobs" At Staples?
Did Mitt Romney really "create 100,000 jobs" with Staples? Simple answer: only if no one else was selling office supplies, stationery, etc. before Staples came along. What Staples did was force ...
|Job Fear From Trade Deficit Is What Happened To Jobs And The Middle Class
The middle class is disappearing. Our economy is "hollowing out" because the money goes to the top and the people fall to the bottom. This is because we allow American companies to close factories ...
|7 Ways Obama Lied About Your Health Coverage
President Obama promised that if you have health insurance now, it won't change. Here are 7 ways he lied:
|Here Is Why Our Elites Are Not Fixing The Economy
When we had democracy, We, the People made the rules and we ran our country and our economy for our benefit. Now that we are a plutocracy things are different. The reason our elites are not doing ...
|Romney, Jobs And China -- Let's Connect Dots
Will Mitt Romney create jobs and help our economy, or will he just take us back to the Bush-era, send-jobs-to-China destruction that made him rich? With Romney there is no way to connect what he ...
|You Can't Have Healthy Businesses Without Strong Government
As much as conservatives want to pretend otherwise, you can't have strong, healthy, prospering businesses without a big, strong government. The kinds of businesses that don't want a big, strong ...
|Jobs: It Is (Long Past) Time For Government To Act
Combine a too-optimistic administration with a Republican Party that is sabotaging the economy as a campaign strategy and what do you get? You get today's terrible jobs report. First, though, ...
|Will Conservatives Support American Companies ... Or Chinese?
Which is better for an economy: millions of future jobs and trillions of future dollars, or a few people making a quick buck today by selling out their country? For decades America's 1%-backed ...
|Why We Have A Deficit
Deficit theater is coming to DC tomorrow, with a well-funded "fiscal summit." The plot summary is that we have Deficit Trouble - Right Here In River City! so to fix it we need to cut Social Security ...
|Have You Actually Watched Carter's "Malaise" Speech?
Here it is, well worth watching! STILL profound, important, prescient. And startling in the context of what we know today about the corporate right's assault on democracy. The first part is ...
|Why Mitt Romney Hates Unions
Is this guy a Presidential candidate from a major party, or a fringe nut? He sounds like Rush Limbaugh. HuffPo: Mitt Romney: Obama 'Takes Marching Orders From Union Bosses' , Speaking to a crowd ...
|The Deficit Was The Plan!
Atrios says it: Eschaton: Planning For 10 Years From Now :
|99% Spring Disrupts Verizon Shareholder Meeting Six Times
You'd be hard-pressed to find a better example of corporate greed than Verizon, a company making billions and tripling its CEO's pay while demanding givebacks from its workers. Yesterday the 99% ...
|Republican Noise Machine Accuses President Of Politicizing 9-11
The full Republican media "noise" machine is rising up in a full-scale " hissy fit " because the President pointed out that Osama bin Laden was killed a year ago, under his watch. They are ...
|Why Does It Seem Everything Republicans Say And Do Is A Trick Or Lie?
In today's Progressive Breakfast : Republicans say student-loan interest rates are high because of "Obamacare." House Republicans are trying to block the Violence Against Women act, using a ruse. ...
|1% Vs 99% Battle Comes To GE Detroit Shareholder Meeting Tomorrow
I'm in Michigan to cover the GE shareholder meeting tomorrow. I grew up in Michigan and have to say that Mitt Romney was exactly right that the trees here really are the right size. The look of ...
|Will AT&T Do A Komen And Ruin Its Brand By Hurting Workers?
AT&T looks to be shooting for a double-bad award right now. They're backing the hyper-partisan ALEC, and they're trying to get their workers to take cuts while they shower cash on a few at the top.
|Corporations Supporting ALEC Are Risking Damage To Their Brands
Some companies are learning that supporting hyper-partisan groups can backfire when their customers find out about it. In recent weeks a number of companies are trying to distance themselves from ...
|Why Do So Many Elites Hate Social Security?
This week there was another big attack on Social Security by another elite. This time the attack comes from an elite columnist, other times it comes from Wall Street types, wealthy CEOs or the kind ...
|Chevy Volt Flammable? Compared to GASOLINE?
The right-wingers smearing the Volt as "flammable" don't get it that cars now run on GASOLINE? Which isn't flammable? Really? HOW many gasoline car fires are there a year? (Hint: the answer is "...
|Open Letter From Europe Against American Labor Intimidation Practices
"EMPLOYEES OF U.S. SUBSIDIARIES OF GERMAN COMPANIES, ESPECIALLY T-MOBILE USA, SHOULD BE ABLE TO EXERCISE THEIR UNRESTRICTED RIGHT TO OPT FOR ORGANIZED REPRESENTATION IN THE COMPANY WITHOUT FEAR."
|Every Progressive Should Know About The “Budget For All”
Every progressive should know about the Congressional Progressive Caucus's "Budget for All." In fact, every American should know about this budget. But the corporate news media sure isn't going to ...
|The Republican Budget, Explained
The new Republican budget plan: Smoke, smoke, smoke, smoke, smoke, smoke, smoke, smoke, smoke, smoke, smoke, smoke, smoke, smoke, smoke, smoke, smoke, smoke. Tax cuts for the 1%, cuts in the things ...
|There Is Consensus On How To Fix Economy
"There was clearly something wrong with the U.S. economy long before the crash." Consensus Consensus. Again and again, people who examine what went wrong with our economy leading up to the great ...
|You Want To Bring The Old Economy Back? Really?
There are small signs that real recovery might finally be kicking in. (Republicans have been able to obstruct it for only so long.) But we have not rewired the economic paradigm to work for the 99%,
|Cuts and Consequences - How Budget Cuts Hurt The Economy
Is smaller government really better for the economy? Conservatives chant that taxes and government "take money out of the economy" and we need to " cut and grow ," meaning if government spending is ...
|Free Trade Or Democracy, Can't Have Both
Recent stories about the conditions of Apple's contractors in China have opened many people's eyes about where our jobs, factories, industries and economy have been going, and why. The stories ...
|Labor's Fight Is OUR Fight
Unions have been fighting the 1% vs 99% fight for more than 100 years. Now the rest of us are learning that this fight is also OUR fight.
|We're A Country. Deal With It.
Again and again (and again and again) we hear -- and learn the hard way -- that our "keep government out of it" approach to economic and manufacturing policy is hurting us. The countries that see ...
|We, The People Have To Say, "No You Can't Do That"
In Will We Choose A Chinese Future , David Sirota asks the core question: "Do we accept an economic competition that asks us to emulate China?" THIS is the choice that the "job creators" are ...
|Nat'l Teach-In On Economy, TONITE
Tonite Thom Hartmann is hosting a National Teach-In To Take Back The American Dream . This is an opportunity to hear the true story of who broke the economy for the 99%, and what we need to do to ...
|3rd Anniversary Of Stimulus - How'd It Do?
This is the 3rd anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, commonly known as President Obama's "stimulus." Republicans say it made the economy worse. Let's see...
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