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.
With 9.8% of us jobless, Congress is debating tax cuts for the rich and cutting back on programs for the rest of us. Maybe we should move the Congress out of DC so they can see for themselves what is happening to America.
If economically-challenged Michigan can create 89,000 clean energy manufacturing jobs in three years with the right energy policies, just think what could happen for the entire country if Congress committed to clean energy.
Voters know that punishing currency manipulators, dealing boldly with violations of international trade rules, and ending tax incentives to outsource jobs would help reverse the decline of American manufacturing.
I recently spoke with a Tea Party member who did not know that it is government that builds the roads, airports, sewer systems, etc. that make up the infrastructure that is the foundation of our country's ability to have companies at all.
Lorain, Ohio is another town with closed factories, boarded-up houses, high unemployment, and ringed by the national big-box vulture chains whose business model is to suck the remaining funds away to Wall Street.
If Republicans take control of Congress and carry through on their promise to roll back spending on jobs while cutting taxes for the wealthy, we'll see even more pink slips and fewer paychecks. That's a fact.