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Trade Policy

Why Is President Obama Having So Much Trouble Selling TPP?

Stan Sorscher | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics
Stan Sorscher

Of course, the critics are right, they are looking straight at the facts, the critics know exactly what a good trade policy would look like, and it's nothing like NAFTA or TPP.

Hillary: Time to Step Up on the Trade Deal

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 04.30.2015 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

It's time for Hillary Clinton to take a position on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement and the fast track authority designed to ramrod it through the Congress. Hillary has been non-committal to date, with many assuming she will eventually support the president whom she served as Secretary of State. But now the pressure to take a stand is growing.

Reduce Trade Roadblocks to Improve Food Security

Lindsay Coates | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics
Lindsay Coates

Conventional wisdom usually does not link trade to programs and policies that address poverty. We need to unpack this conventional wisdom and explore how improving key aspects of trade link to development, using as an example how U.S.-Africa trade policies can unlock Africa's economic potential in agriculture.

How Trade Deals Boost the Top 1% and Bust the Rest

Robert Reich | Posted 04.18.2015 | Politics
Robert Reich

I've seen first-hand how effective Wall Street and big corporations are at wielding influence. Global deals like the Trans Pacific Partnership will boost the profits of Wall Street and big corporations, and make the richest 1 percent even richer. But they'll bust the rest of America.

The Worst Trade Deal You've Never Heard Of

Robert Reich | Posted 04.02.2015 | Politics
Robert Reich

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, now headed to Congress, is a product of big corporations and Wall Street, seeking to circumvent regulations protecting workers, consumers, and the environment.

Our Trade Policy Is Insane

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 03.15.2015 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

We're in a deep, deep hole. And there's a simple rule about holes: When you're in a hole, stop digging. Stop digging!

Put Patients Over Profits: An Open Letter To The Council On Foreign Relations

Jordan Jarvis | Posted 02.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Jordan Jarvis

We applaud the CFR report for drawing attention to NCDs in developing nations, but emphasize that, at this critical time, it neglected to address implications of U.S. trade pressures on the fundamental right of all people to access lifesaving medicines.

An Economic Agenda for America: 12 Steps Forward

Sen. Bernie Sanders | Posted 01.31.2015 | Politics
Sen. Bernie Sanders

The long-term deterioration of the middle class, accelerated by the Wall Street crash of 2008, has not been pretty. Today, we have more wealth and income inequality than any major country on earth.

A $10 Million Blow to Fair Trade: How a Grant to Fair Trade USA May Take Down a Movement

Dana Geffner | Posted 01.26.2015 | Business
Dana Geffner

In theory, news of Bob Stiller's challenge grant should have the fair trade movement jumping up and down. Instead, many of us are wondering if this may be the final blow to the meaningful fair trade that we have advocated for so long.

Jamie Dimon's Big Pay Raise -- and the Minimum Wage

Robert Creamer | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Last week JPMorgan Chase's Board approved a 74 percent pay raise for its CEO, Jamie Dimon, for 2013. Sometimes we get numb to numbers like $20 million. To put it in perspective, in 2013, Dimon made $9,615 per hour. In other words, he made more in the first two hours of the first workday of the year than a minimum-wage worker made all year long.

It's Economic Inequality Stupid -- What to Do About the Biggest Crisis Facing America

Robert Creamer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Growing income inequality is caused by the human decisions and the economic rules of the game we create. And shamefully, America lags behind every other first world nation in closing that income gap. That can be changed.

Genetically Modified Foods and the Limits of Trade Agreements

Simon Lester | Posted 07.23.2013 | World
Simon Lester

What is free trade? Is free trade the removal of protectionism? Or does it mean creating a single market where all goods and services sold in one market can also be sold in other markets?

Is the Trans-Pacific Partnership the Solution to Latin America's Fractured Trade Regime?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 07.16.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

Many hope an agreement on the TPP will provide a much-needed boost to a still prostrate global economy, but what is being widely hailed as profound progress in the evolution of trade integration globally is having the opposite effect in Latin America.

Building Connections (Not More Walls) Along the U.S.-Mexico Border

Michael Dear | Posted 07.15.2013 | World
Michael Dear

Mexico is already ahead of us in developing the border-zone infrastructure needed for bi-national trade and prosperity. Why aren't we matching these efforts?

Official: Trade Policy Hurt By Budget Cuts

AP | JIM ABRAMS | Posted 03.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The administration's top trade official outlined President Barack Obama's ambitious trade agenda to Congress Tuesday while cautioning th...

End Budget Conflict Via Balanced Trade

Greg Autry | Posted 05.12.2013 | Business
Greg Autry

For more than a generation the U.S. has been testing a self-destructive theory whereby we export enormous amounts of American capital, priceless technology and millions of jobs to other nations naively expecting them to reciprocate.

Congress Wants Role In White House's Trade Push

AP | JIM ABRAMS | Posted 05.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has embarked on an aggressive trade agenda that could lower barriers and increase U.S. exports to many of ...

Good Trade Policy: Three 'Thought Experiments'

Stan Sorscher | Posted 04.21.2013 | Business
Stan Sorscher

Imagine a thought experiment, where we put environmentalists in each country in charge of negotiating the next trade agreement. Preposterous! I know. Stick with me.

Year in Review: 2012 in US Trade Reform

Ian Fletcher | Posted 03.02.2013 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

Romney's weak economic nationalism didn't turn out to be strong enough to win over a recession-weary electorate that still blamed Bush for the economic crisis that Obama seemed to be handling, if at an unsatisfyingly slow pace.

What If We Did Trade Right?

Stan Sorscher | Posted 01.29.2013 | Business
Stan Sorscher

Everyone I know is in favor of trade done right. But global trade agreements go overboard in protecting investor rights.

A Trade Policy for President Obama's Second Term

Joshua Meltzer | Posted 01.09.2013 | World
Joshua Meltzer

During the next four years the president should build on the trade policy progress of his first term and develop a comprehensive trade policy that does three things.

Why Obama Has Turned on China Trade Policy

Peter Navarro | Posted 11.20.2012 | Politics
Peter Navarro

If Obama is to win in the crucial swing state of Ohio -- and thereby likely win the election -- he would do well to try to close his very large "soft on China" gap not by attacking Romney for being soft on China -- Ohioans won't believe that.

So-Called Free Trade -- Bad Policy and Wrong Debate

Stan Sorscher | Posted 08.18.2012 | Business
Stan Sorscher

Free speech, free press and labor standards are notoriously weak in China. China has a rich history and amazing culture. However, they lack the institutions of civil society for democratic debate about serious policy issues. This harms workers and producers in America.

End the Unilateral Trade Sanctions on Collectors

Wayne Sayles | Posted 06.03.2012 | Home
Wayne Sayles

While government agencies in Washington increase surcharges and restrictions for U.S. consumers of cultural artifacts, their Chinese counterparts take advantage of the unilateral sanctions.

Our Muddled China Policy

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.18.2012 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

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.