Reps. Peter DeFazio and Marcy Kaptur just put forward a proposal in the House that I believe no responsible Member of Congress -- whether in the House or the Senate, whether Democrat, Republican or Tea Partier -- should find objectionable.
One after another, our business leaders and economists are realizing that the "free trade" ideology has not worked out very well for the U.S.. We were told by the "experts" that new jobs would replace those lost. They didn't.
Imagine a bucket is our economy. The stimulus is the water poured into the bucket. The holes in the bucket are leakage into the global economy. We pour water into the bucket, and the water leaks out, creating jobs in India, Brazil, and Finland.
It bodes ill that two big issues -- energy and immigration -- which are key to the future of the U.S. economy and our prospects for significant job creation will not be addressed at all in what remains of this Session.
The fair trade movement had initially emerged around coffee, cocoa and tea, major commodities whose producers globally routinely suffered from major price fluctuations and exploitative trading practices.
The DC and business elite don't feel it. They explain the problem by blaming the people they put out of work, saying the unemployed are just lazy, and unemployment checks keep them from looking for work.
If the financial crisis was preventable, why didn't our leaders try to stop it? Why don't they take the steps necessary now to get the economy moving again? The answer to both these questions is simple; the politicians work for someone else.
Free trade works very well for investors, financial institutions, and large multinational companies. At the same time, our free trade agreements push aside interests of workers, communities and the environment.