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Fictional Davos Discussion Between Tim Geithner and China's He Yafei

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 04.03.2012 | World
Howard Steven Friedman

The following conversation did not take place... but wouldn't it have been interesting if it did? Geithner: Glad I found you. We really need to talk...

Dan Froomkin

Auction 2012: 'NAFTA With Asia' Is Big Money's Next Goal | Dan Froomkin | Posted 02.02.2012 | Politics

Auction 2012 is a weeklong series in collaboration with "The Dylan Ratigan Show" and United Republic. The 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement ...

Economic Numbers Are Reminders of Frustratingly Lame Recovery

Mark Gongloff | Posted 04.01.2012 | Business
Mark Gongloff

Never wake a sleepwalker. That piece of advice is actually a myth, but the stock market sure wishes it was still asleep today. U.S. stock prices are...

A Competitive Dollar: The Missing Link in President Obama's Manufacturing Agenda

Dean Baker | Posted 03.31.2012 | Business
Dean Baker

In his State of the Union Address last week, President Obama announced a renewed commitment to manufacturing in the United States. While the commitment to rebuilding the country's manufacturing base is welcome, he unfortunately left the most important item on the list off the agenda. President Obama failed to commit himself to restoring the competitiveness of dollar as part of his agenda for bringing back manufacturing jobs. The value of the dollar really has to be front and central in any effort to restore U.S. competitiveness since it is by far the most important factor determining the relative cost of U.S. goods compared with goods produced elsewhere.

The U.S. Has Lost These Industries To China

24/7 Wall St. | Charles B. Stockdale, Douglas A. McIntyre | Posted 03.26.2012 | Business

From 24/7 Wall St.: Americans are used to the U.S. being the leader, or a top-ranked nation, in many areas. But in a number of industries and business...

Jason Linkins

Thomas Friedman Declares An End To Math, Urges Working Class To Get Awesome! | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.27.2012 | Media

As Friedman bops from one global aerie to the next, absorbing the latest sweet whispers from the mesmeric elites he encounters, there's never a reason to end the pep rally. Everything just looks amazing once you're ahead of the curve.

Built To Last?

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 03.27.2012 | Politics
Jerry Jasinowski

In listening to President Obama's State of the Union address, I could not help feeling that he had missed a golden opportunity -- to launch a visionary manufacturing agenda, to launch a long term deficit reduction strategy and thereby increase growth and create jobs.

Strengthening the State of our Union

Rep. David Cicilline | Posted 03.27.2012 | Politics
Rep. David Cicilline

We need to build ladders of opportunity and tear down barriers for Americans who are willing to work hard, be responsible, and play by the rules so everyone can achieve success and fulfill the American dream.

President Puts American Manufacturing Front and Center in State of the Union

Dave Johnson | Posted 03.26.2012 | Business
Dave Johnson

We have to move to a "we are in this together" understanding of ourselves and our country if we want to bring back the shared prosperity we used to have.

Dave Jamieson

Obama Economic Plan To Discourage Outsourcing, Reward 'Insourcing' | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.25.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On the heels of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, senior economic advisers to the president on Wednesday shared more ...

Small Businesses Split Over SOTU

Reuters | Posted 01.25.2012 | Small Business

(Reuters - By By Carla Tonelli) Last night’s State of the Union address from President Barack Obama left small business owners divided over his plan...

The Largest Trade Deficit in the History of the World

Gilbert B. Kaplan | Posted 03.24.2012 | Business
Gilbert B. Kaplan

The failure of our manufacturing sector, resulting from the failure of our manufacturing policies, needs to be one of the main focuses of the upcoming presidential election. There are few problems as serious for the future of our country.

To Get Our Economy Back Hold Cheaters, Fraudsters And Exploiters Accountable

Dave Johnson | Posted 03.24.2012 | Business
Dave Johnson

The spiral-to-the-bottom and inequality we are suffering is not an inevitable result of globalization, it is what happens when we don't hold cheaters ...

Made in the USA: It's More Complex Than You Think

Adam Clampitt | Posted 03.24.2012 | DC
Adam Clampitt

If America's leaders want to see us regain our manufacturing dominance, the answer is not as easy as "right-to-work" laws, a changing tax code, or currency manipulation.

Obama's Mixed Messages

Robert Kuttner | Posted 03.23.2012 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

President Obama is planning to strike a "populist" note in his State of the Union Address and in his re-election campaign. But economic populism would be a lot more credible if it had been the consistent message and program of his presidency.

David Sands

Film Examines Life 'After The Factory' In Two Cities | David Sands | Posted 01.19.2012 | Detroit

This is the tenth in an occasional series, The Recessionary Arts. Read more from the series here. The inspiration for Philip Lauri's new documentar...

Dave Jamieson

Rural South Carolina Waits In Vain For Job Creators | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.18.2012 | Business

BENNETTSVILLE, S.C. -- It's been more than two years since Frederick Parker had a decent full-time job. Standing outside the state workforce office...

Improved Hiring Forecasts May Not Be All Good News For Workers

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 01.13.2012 | Business

The hiring outlook seems to be improving, according to some forecasts. What that means for the actual wages has yet to be decided. A number of rep...

Foreign Company Uses Cheap U.S. Labor As Reason To Lower Wages

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 01.06.2012 | Business

The near-standstill in wage growth for American workers hasn't just been good for their employers. It's turning out to be a potential bargaining chip ...

U.S. Manufacturing Competitiveness in Global Trade

Jared Bernstein | Posted 02.27.2012 | Business
Jared Bernstein

While we continue to run large deficits in manufactured goods annually, there are lots of advanced economies with long records of positive net exports. If you think the difference is prices, you're thinking like an economist... and you're wrong.

Alice Hines

The Mall Of Big Dreams, Few Shoppers | Alice Hines | Posted 12.23.2011 | Business

PATERSON, N.J. -- On a Saturday in mid-December, one of the busiest shopping days of the year in a nation famous for insatiable consumption, the Cente...

U.S. Economy To Be 'Better Story' In Gloomy Global Economy

Posted 12.23.2011 | Business

The U.S. economy is gaining momentum and should push through next year with only a few bruises despite an almost certain European recession and slower...

Kardashians Brand Accused Of Child Labor Violations

The Huffington Post | Alicia Ciccone | Posted 12.22.2011 | Small Business

The temptations of taking manufacturing overseas can be hard to resist: lower production costs, quick turnover and even better quality. But the risks ...

We Need a Manufacturing Agenda

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 02.20.2012 | Politics
Jerry Jasinowski

While there is room to strengthen the agenda further -- by adding major regulatory reforms -- it provides the building blocks of what is needed for strengthening manufacturing competitiveness, economic growth and job creation.

Rod Kurtz

Ask Rod: Should We Outsource Our Manufacturing? | Rod Kurtz | Posted 12.21.2011 | Small Business

Moving your company's manufacturing overseas can be a tempting way to trim your budget. But what about the hidden costs? And attracting customers t...