The "Tea Party" will face many tests when the new Congress convenes next year. Everyone is asking, how long will it take before the Tea Party officeholders are co-opted by the big money insiders? "Free Trade" is one of those tests.
Everyone needs to be much more realistic about the potential associated with "going green", starting with observing that America's current green economy identifies only 750,000 green jobs in the country today.
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.
It's time for our leaders to demand the integrated all-of-government approach to our trade relations with China that is the only one which is going to address the economic nightmare we find ourselves in with that country.
China has a plan and follows its plan, while the Council on Foreign Relations and the Pentagon wait for China to collapse in chaos. China's not the problem. Washington has to stop waiting and whining and get into the trade war.
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.