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Entries by Robert Kuttner from 03/2012

Barack, Bibi and the Election

| Posted 03.05.2012 | Politics

Although the U.S. is a large and mighty country and Israel as small and vulnerable one, it is Netanyahu who has the leverage.

Steve Jobs and American Jobs

| Posted 03.11.2012 | Business

Throughout the first decade of the new century, before the recession hit, wages lagged behind living costs for the vast majority of Americans -- because the top one percent were capturing such a large share of the economy's total productivity gains. Some of this trend was the result of globalization undercutting the bargaining power of U.S. workers; some of it resulted from weakened trade unions and minimum wage laws lagging behind inflation. So when we finally climb out of this jobs recession, perhaps we can belatedly confront these deeper trends. How to do that? Unions, wage regulation, progressive taxation, and government using existing powers that it seldom exercises. But what about manufacturing? This brings me to the other Jobs of my title, the late Steve Jobs.

Our Muddled China Policy

| Posted 03.18.2012 | Politics

This is supposed to be a period of bitter bipartisan deadlock, in which Republicans and Democrats can agree on nothing. But when it comes to trade deals that serve corporate but not the national interest, bipartisanship is all too alive and well.

Health Reform's Day in Court: Don't Bet the Farm on the Mandate

| Posted 03.25.2012 | Politics

The Court's decision will be treated by commentators as either a huge victory or momentous defeat for President Obama. But this may be a complete misreading of the logic and the stakes.