The system is broken. It's eating us alive. We do not value human life -- or, for that matter, life itself -- at the core of our social structure. But even the immensely powerful among us affect to value it after the fact, as rescuers pull bodies from the rubble and the survivors wail.
What change in Colombia could possibly have led a Democratic president to implement a trade agreement over the objections of Democrats in Congress with the country infamous around the world for its violence against unionists?
Transparency -- a basic principle of our democracy -- is crucial, particularly as the trade deal continues to inflate. We must have a meaningful chance to engage in how our trade and energy rules are set before it's too late.
So if you can't do away with the U.S. demand, and you can't destroy the current suppliers by legalizing the market, then what? There's a third way. Make it a lot more difficult for the drugs to enter the U.S. No, I'm not talking about U.S. military interdiction efforts.
In their latest book, The Betrayal of the American Dream, Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele present a compelling case that America's middle class is in danger of extinction unless our government reverses course on major policies it has pursued over the last four decades.
While the ugly and rancorous "fiscal cliff" battle has been playing out in Washington, another negotiation equally critical for America was also being conducted, this one behind closed doors far across the ocean: the impending Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.
On Dec. 1, Enrique Peña Nieto was inaugurated as Mexico's president. With a new leader taking the reins in Mexico and Barack Obama's reelection the United States, what should the two leaders focus on in terms of bilateral ties?
The next four years provide dramatic opportunities for trade liberalization across the Pacific and the Atlantic. Barack Obama will use those opportunities to build a durable bipartisan consensus on trade. Mitt Romney won't.
In an election dominated by the urgent agenda of U.S. job creation, it is a sorry statement about the domination of corporate money in American elections that both presidential candidates tout NAFTA-style "free trade" deals.
Guaranteeing a fair local wage would empower developing countries to raise their labor standards. By improving the conditions and livelihood of foreign workers the Trans-Pacific Partnership can create new markets and stimulate world economic growth.
American greatness relies on our relationships with neighbors, both near and distant. The way out of the Great Recession is not economic isolationism, but an embrace of our nation's heritage as a global trade leader.