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What You Need to Know When Obama Talks Trade

Dave Johnson | Posted 03.17.2015 | Business
Dave Johnson

President Obama is likely to use the State of the Union to push for passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the rigged "fast track" trade promotion authority. Here are some facts to counter the expected public relations campaign.

Apple Watch Tells Us That It Is Time to Get Serious About Jobs

Greg Autry | Posted 11.18.2014 | Business
Greg Autry

All things being equal, Apple and other nominally American companies would be more efficient if they kept production closer to design and weren't shuffling $billions between Irish shell corporations and Caribbean banks.

The Media: Cherry Picking News Stories and Failing the Public

Pat LaMarche | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics
Pat LaMarche

When the press ignores the discussion at hand: issues as vital to the health and security of the working class as middle class wages, the utility workers, Iraq and Afghanistan veterans employment rates, and government employee pensions, one shouldn't be surprised that the public transit system is begging for school supplies.

Are American Corporations Really Less Competitive Because of Taxes?

Dave Johnson | Posted 10.20.2014 | Business
Dave Johnson

Corporations are complaining that this (lowered) rate makes them "uncompetitive" and are demanding "corporate tax reform." Because job creators -- or something. This time they threaten to -- or do -- renounce their U.S. citizenship. But are corporate tax rates really "uncompetitive"? And what does that even mean?

Rebuilding American Manufacturing Powerhouse

Sridhar Kota | Posted 09.10.2014 | Technology
Sridhar Kota

Over the past few decades, we've learned the hard way that once manufacturing is gone, engineering know-how quickly follows, and then later on innovation and our national security suffers the consequences. That's a place that America has never been before.

Envy and Jealousy? Gag Me With a Silver Spoon

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2014 | Business
Michael Winship

The argument goes that instead of being jealous, we all should be working in harmony together to create jobs and opportunity. Problem is, the deeply rich talk about building the economy but do almost nothing about it.

Obama's State of the Union Dilemma: Pushing Fast Track for TPP Would Increase Income Inequality

Lori Wallach | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Lori Wallach

Either Obama can prioritize a battle against income inequality or he can push more NAFTA-style trade agreements and the trade authority to railroad them through Congress, but he cannot do both.

The Income Inequality Implications of Job Automation: Over 47 Percent of Jobs May Be At Risk

Kevin Merlini | Posted 03.11.2014 | Technology
Kevin Merlini

Researchers have pointed out that our nation's growing income inequality is indicative of increased automation. When will the exponential growth of computing technology allow for jobs that may be viewed as safe to be taken over?

Reshoring Means More Jobs

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 12.25.2013 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

I have seen reports of major league reshoring by Apple, Motorola, General Electric, and others, and we all saw the announcement by Walmart that it will steer billions to U.S. manufacturers, but I have been waiting to see this movement reflected in the economic data.

Sunset of American Hegemony

J Henry Fair | Posted 12.23.2013 | Politics
J Henry Fair

For years the creeping erosion of American hegemony has been evident, from the offshoring of manufacturing jobs which ultimately led to the demise of the middle class, to the defunding of our education system which could only lead to the dumbing down of the population.

The $90 Million Mindset: An Offshoring Success Story

Shayne Hughes | Posted 12.07.2013 | Business
Shayne Hughes

No matter how brilliant a strategy, if the people involved aren't committed, it will never take off.

Steinway's Sale Is a Sour Note for Made in America

Brian Ross | Posted 07.02.2013 | Business
Brian Ross

"Made in America" took another major hit very quietly yesterday. An American musical institution, the 160-year-old American piano maker Steinway and S...

Communism vs. Democracy

Sen. Fritz Hollings | Posted 08.31.2013 | Politics
Sen. Fritz Hollings

Globalization is nothing more than a trade war with production looking for a country cheaper to produce. Rather than the U.S. setting the example of free trade, China leads the way with controlled trade. The U.S. government must compete to survive.

The Economists

Sen. Fritz Hollings | Posted 08.29.2013 | Politics
Sen. Fritz Hollings

In 2006, the Princeton economist Alan Blinder estimated that in 10 years the U.S. would offshore 30-40 million jobs. Today, Corporate America continues to enfeeble the U.S. economy as it builds China's -- offshoring our innovation, research, technology, production and jobs.

Do-Nothing Congress Gives Inertia a Bad Name

Bill Moyers | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics
Bill Moyers

If you want to see why the public approval rating of Congress is down in the sub-arctic range all you have to do is take a quick look at how the House and Senate pay worship at the altar of corporations, banks and other special interests at the expense of public need.

Can the Republican Party Be Reinvented? Talking Openly About the Elephant in the Room

Russell C. Smith | Posted 06.16.2013 | Politics
Russell C. Smith

The aftermath of what many consider the worst presidency in our history has damaged the GOP, and party leaders choosing an entire roster of out-of-touch candidates in 2012 shows the damage is ongoing.

The US Employment Debate: Offshore or Onshore?

Shay David | Posted 05.08.2013 | Impact
Shay David

If U.S. employers want American workers to have stable job opportunities, it's time to start implementing a hybrid model of offshore/onshore labor and use new technology and product development methodology in order to sustain growth in the U.S.

Business and the Cacophony of the Jobs Reports

Blair Forlaw | Posted 04.06.2013 | Business
Blair Forlaw

We don't know how to manage the tension of a new world that is both/and, not either/or. So we sit on the sidelines with every economic announcement, cheering for the life or death of whatever data bit or trend that ignites our emotions, feeling more and more helpless and perplexed.

Building China's Economy Instead of Ours

Sen. Fritz Hollings | Posted 04.01.2013 | Politics
Sen. Fritz Hollings

The United States is the most competitive country in the world. We compete in sports, business, medicine, law, and academia -- even religion. Everythi...

Market Discipline for the Boeing 787

Stan Sorscher | Posted 03.24.2013 | Business
Stan Sorscher

My career is invested in the aerospace industry, so it was very sobering to me when the FAA ordered that 787 airplanes be grounded. What lessons can we draw from the 787?

Dollars & Sense: How to Raise the Minimum Wage, Improve our Workforce and Cover the Cost

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 03.24.2013 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

The struggle to make ends meet and the incidental factors that accompany living in poverty conditions, such as sleep deprivation, poor health care, long commutes to work, lack of free time to further education, etc. -- all make it nearly impossible for such people to train themselves.

High Quality Content On-Demand: E-Commerce Needs Rise, Design Workforce Adapts

Bryce Maddock | Posted 01.06.2013 | Small Business
Bryce Maddock

As e-commerce begins to represent increasingly larger portions of retailers total sales, retailers are frequently outsourcing all non-core competencies in order to capitalize on new opportunities and markets afforded by the Internet.

Romney's Tax Plan and His Promise to Create U.S. Jobs: It's Impossible to Make Sensata Them

Peter Smirniotopoulos | Posted 12.26.2012 | Politics
Peter Smirniotopoulos

Sensata Technologies both underscores that Governor Romney is not qualified to be president by virtue of his business experience, while also exposing the complete fallacy of Romney's tax proposal.

Jason Cherkis

Bain-Owned Sensata Plant Threatens To Close In Face Of Worker Protests

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Cherkis | Posted 10.24.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Tuesday, officials from Bain Capital-owned Sensata Technologies threatened to shut down its north-central Illinois plant "immediately...

Zach Carter

Romney As Bain CEO Benefited From Offshoring Tax Break He Disavowed At Debate

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 10.24.2012 | Politics

Bain Capital appears to have benefited from a provision in the U.S. tax code that grants companies tax breaks for costs associated with offshoring Ame...