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Making Business Succeed

Stan Sorscher | Posted 04.15.2013 | Business
Stan Sorscher

To get into balance, we need to restore the social contract -- the deal that public resources are rightly used to promote business, and in exchange, businesses recognize a duty to shared prosperity.

Cluelessness Trifecta as Tea Party Flubs Response to Obama State of the Union

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

The Tea Party claims to believe in returning to the Founders' vision of America. Well, here's something they should consider: the founders were explicitly against free trade.

Colombian Vice President Garzon: Good Words, but Not Yet Deeds

Lisa Haugaard | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lisa Haugaard

This week, Garzón meets with Vice President Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and many members of Congress. Let's hope that our policymakers strategically press for real, sustained improvements in human rights.

Bipartisan Cluelessness in Republican Response to Obama State of the Union

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

There have been times in American history when there were good arguments for picking one partisan side or the other, but having heard Rep. Paul Ryan's response to Obama's State of the Union address, I don't know who's worse.

The State of Charade

Marco Trbovich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marco Trbovich

In concert with the president's address, the "Be Your Best Buddy" seating arrangement for the State of the Union address swept away any doubt that American politics has become a single-party system devoted to militarism and corporate interests.

Why Free Trade Can't Abolish International Economic Rivalry

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

The idea that modern global supply chains have abolished international economic rivalry is trivially false.

State of the Union Predictions

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama is likely to lean more heavily on "reaching out" to Republicans. He knows full well that if anything legislative is going to get done in the next two years, Republicans are going to have to be on board.

Free Trade Killed the Great American Job Machine; Mainstream Economists Mystified

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

Here's a fascinating article by an intelligent economist, Jim Tankersly, apparently a perfectly nice fellow, puzzling over the "big mystery" of why the U.S. economy has lost so many jobs and isn't creating any more to replace them. It is rife with phrases like:

The State of the Union Is: Appalling

Stephen Herrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Herrington

Americans are broke and job prospects are the lowest they have been in 80 years. That's it. Nothing else matters, and public opinion polls bear this out.

Stop the Korea Free Trade Agreement!

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

You would think America had learned its lesson from NAFTA, which the Labor Department has estimated cost us 525,000 jobs. But now it seems President Obama wants to offshore 159,000 more.

Halfway Through Term, Obama Still Hasn't Earned His Nobel Prize

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michelle Chen

Nobel Peace Prize notwithstanding, it's difficult to imagine Obama making any gains on human rights amid the chaos haunting the Pentagon's ever-expanding dominion.

The Libertarian Delusion That "Real" Free Trade Would Work

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

It's time for libertarians to stop taking ideological refuge in an ideal world we don't live in. The problems of free trade in the real world cast doubt on their ideology.

When You Close the Factory We Can't Make a Living

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dave Johnson

Next week, the President delivers his State of the Union speech. This is an opportunity to announce that we are going to do unto China as China is doing unto us. Enough!

Bernie Madoff To Replace Elizabeth Warren (Snark Alert)

Jonathan Tasini | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Tasini

I just got off the phone with a reporter who wanted my thoughts on the appointment of Bruce Reed as Joe Biden's chief of staff. My first though, sarca...

Libertarianism, the New Anti-Americanism

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

The South Korea Free Trade Agreement, America's largest free-trade agreement since NAFTA, is back on the front burner. So when the libertarians speak up on this issue, as they will, just remember where their hearts are.

APEC Meeting Pushes Free Trade

AP | ELAINE KURTENBACH | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

YOKOHAMA, Japan — Ministers of Pacific Rim economies whose resilience helped power the still-fragile global recovery met Wednesday to seek ways ...

WikiLeaks on Panama: Laying Bare the Paranoid, Pro-Corporate Agenda

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

If Julian Assange's main goal is to restore greater transparency and accountability in government, then he may have succeeded -- in the small Central American nation of Panama.

Wake Up, America

Sen. Fritz Hollings | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
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Sen. Fritz Hollings

We have spent over nine years force feeding democracy, trying to change a culture militarily, in Afghanistan. Now we ask young America to lose its arms, legs, and lives for five more years to force feed democracy and spread terrorism.

Get America Working: We Need a Movement to Solve a Crisis

Dylan Ratigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dylan Ratigan

With our list of challenges ranging from overpriced health care to evaporating manufacturing, where can we start? Here are four steps our country must take now to get Americans back to work.

Class Warfare and Korea "Free Trade": An Open Letter to UAW, My Union

Jonathan Tasini | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Tasini

So-called "free trade" is part of the relentless class warfare under way in America. And the so-called "free trade" deal with South Korea is no except...

Free Trade Doesn't Work: Interview With Economist Ian Fletcher

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Hughes

Free trade doesn't work, the global economy is a myth and the U.S. has been duped during trade negotiations for the past 40 years according to Ian Fletcher, author of Free Trade Doesn't Work: What Should Replace It and Why.

Elise Foley

Steelworkers Not Jumping On Board Obama's South Korea Free Trade Deal | Elise Foley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Barack Obama announced Saturday the government has reached a trade agreement with South Korea that would strengthen economic ties between th...

Best Off-Broadway Show

Sen. Fritz Hollings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Fritz Hollings

Rather than performing its duty under the Constitution to regulate foreign commerce and enforce our trade laws, Washington puts on an act of creating jobs with stimulation for small business and refuses to get in the trade war.

Rekindling Growth and Innovation in America

Muhtar Kent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Muhtar Kent

I believe that if we as a nation recommit to improving innovation, education, entrepreneurship, and international trade there will be no stopping this great country in the years ahead. We must flex our national advantages.

Upward Spiral Instead of a Downward One

Stan Sorscher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Stan Sorscher

When I was young, the purpose of public policy was to raise our standard of living. Not so much, anymore. Now, public policy is designed to make busin...