2016 will be different. First, more voters will be coming to the polls because of the Presidential election. Second, they will be better educated because there is now a blacklist of the most heinous vote-against-the-public, vote-for-the-funders offenders.
This weekend in Orlando, Florida members of the Platform Committee met to help create the Democratic party's positions on a number of key issues. I was honored to attend as a Committee member on behalf of Senator Bernie Sanders.
A struggle over the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) is taking place within the 187-member Democratic Party platform committee as they gather in Orlando to hammer out the details of the previously approved draft.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is likely to come up for a vote in the "lame-duck" session of Congress that follows the November presidential election. Will the Democratic Party vote to put the platform on record against this, or will corporate interests win out yet again?
The blue Trump signs outside the modest but proud houses on my street may not get Trump elected, but -- and here is the danger -- they may draw his putative opponent, Hillary Clinton, towards the same trade poison that he is advocating.
Donald Trump is selling himself as the champion of working-class voters. He says Democrats and their presumptive presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, are selling them out with trade deals. But Trump is just a fraud.
Net-net, I can't guarantee that Trump would be able to successfully pull off a major reform of America's ongoing "free" trade disaster, but he would be the first president in decades pushing in the right direction and no, he's not visibly setting us up for disaster.
America is a big country and needs a big president. America needs a president with a big brain, capable of understanding complex constitutional, international and economic issues. Donald Trump is too small to be that man.
A little-known fact, however, is that while ExxonMobil was misleading the public about climate disruption, it was also using trade rules to increase its power, to bolster its profits, and to actively hamper climate action.
There are 20 to 30 million small businesses in America. In some estimates, up to 70 percent of small businesses are owned and operated by a single person (the entrepreneur). These small businesses employ 77 million Americans and account for 60 - 80 percent of all new jobs created.
Going into the West Virginia primary, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has come out in opposition to a "lame duck" vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). This takes her beyond her previous statements mildly opposing TPP.
The proponents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) like to describe it as a free-trade deal for the 21st century. That might be a good sales pitch, but it's not accurate. The TPP has little to with reducing trade barriers, which in most cases were already low.