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A Pledge to 1% of America

Terrance Heath | Posted 10.08.2010 | Politics
Terrance Heath

The "Pledge to America" is, in truth, a pledge to continue the same policies that brought us the current economic crisis.

How "Free Trade" Led to Currency War

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dave Johnson

The world can't get to full recovery from this terrible recession without more balanced trade, and we won't have balanced trade until China stops manipulating its currency.

Finally, a Tax Compromise That Makes Sense: DeFazio/Kaptur

Leo Hindery, Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leo Hindery, Jr.

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.

Dan Froomkin

Job-Creation Idea No. 7: Drawing A Line With China

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

(Part of Huffington Post's America Needs Jobs series. Have you missed any of the previous installments? Read the introduction, Idea No. 1: A Payroll T...

Obama's Export Goal: How We Can Make it

Eric Lotke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Lotke

Yesterday I attended a conference on the Renaissance of American Manufacturing in Washington DC. It included a variety of organizations with interests...

Consensus Grows: Confront China on Trade

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dave Johnson

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.

Priming a Broken Pump

Stan Sorscher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Stan Sorscher

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.

Fight Inequality, Don't Scapegoat Immigrants

Mark Engler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Engler

Immigration to the U.S. is managed in a way that benefits the wealthy. Reactionary anti-immigrant measures create an ever-more-exploitable pool of labor for employers to take advantage of.

Tide Turning on China Currency: Opponents Recycling Tired Arguments

Robert E. Scott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert E. Scott

The real beneficiaries of cheap goods from China are workers with college degrees, and especially professionals, managers, executives and stockholders: those in the top 1 percent of all wage earners.

Why Some Corporate Interests Oppose China Currency Bill

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dave Johnson

It is important to understand that some of the country's most powerful entrenched, wealthy interests no longer depend on the success of America's economy and the prosperity of our people.

Start Making Sense

Adam Neiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Adam Neiman

The great conundrum and tragicomedy of American politics is the way the PhDs attempt to champion the interests of working people while well-paid faux populists serve the interests of the MBAs.

Now It's Congress' Turn to Quickly Move on Trade

Leo Hindery, Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leo Hindery, Jr.

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.

Welcome Home, Tire Jobs

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dave Johnson

What was the result of Obama's decision to actually enforce trade laws? Did the world end? Did it start a "trade war" with China? No. The result was that jobs started to return.

Don't Be Fooled By the Trade Deficit

Fred Hochberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Fred Hochberg

This week President Obama outlines the administration's plans to double U.S. exports in the next five years. The trade imbalance won't right itself overnight, but we are already well on our way.

A Market Solution to Help the World's Poor?

Stephan B. Tanda | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stephan B. Tanda

Is there a real business in helping the world's poor? According to the World Resources Institute and the International Finance Corporation, there is.

Getting Your Sh*t Together: Ask GYST (Bartering and Trading Artwork)

Karen Atkinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Karen Atkinson

I want to propose a barter with my dentist, I give her a painting in exchange for dental work. Are there laws I need to know about?

Going Fair Trade

David Bronner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Bronner

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.

Summers brings back bubkes from Beijng

Robert E. Scott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert E. Scott

Larry Summers, Director of the National Economic Council, returned empty handed from meetings this week with Chinese President Hu Jintao and other sen...

American Jobs Tragedy

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Johnson

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.

Labor Day: Labor Got It Right -- Who Could Have Known?

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Johnson

"Who could have known?" That's the cry from the big-corporate and D.C. elite as the economy and the environment and so many important things crash ar...

Boehner Trade Plan: Go Back to Disaster

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dave Johnson

Shorter Boehner: Our economic policies destroyed the country's economy and millions of lives, but it made a few of my buddies really REALLY rich, so let's do more of it.

U.S.-China Trade: How Long Will the U.S. Be China's Doormat?

Leo Hindery, Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leo Hindery, Jr.

President Obama's current hide-the-pea approach regarding trade with China is in complete contradiction to Candidate Obama's promises throughout the 2008 campaign.

Making it in America

Tom Donohue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Tom Donohue

President Obama acknowledges that one in three U.S. manufacturing jobs depends on exports, and yet he has failed to advance a trade agenda that would result in more U.S. manufacturing jobs and sales.

When Wall Street Rules, We Get Wall Street Rules

Dean Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dean Baker

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: Flawed Theory and Bad Policy

Stan Sorscher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Stan Sorscher

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.