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Yes We Can! (Fix Our Trade Mess)

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ian Fletcher

It's an utter mistake to think America is this big helpless giant with respect to its trade problems. The solutions are out there if we would but avail ourselves of them.

Export Promotion Is Not the Same as Building Markets Abroad

Ben Leo | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ben Leo

It sounds like there may be confusion in the Obama administration over a basic, yet fundamental issue -- understanding the difference between export promotion and development mandates.

What We Can Learn From Central Banks About Managing Our Wealth

Gemma Godfrey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Gemma Godfrey

These trade wars are turning into foreign exchange market turbulence. So what are these so-called "currency wars"? And what can we learn from them?

The Korea Trade Deal Is Lose-Lose

Lori Wallach | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lori Wallach

The bottom line for the U.S.-South Korea FTA is that some large U.S., Korean and Chinese multinational firms could gain at the expense of the majority of people in both countries.

The Myths of Offshoring - The Imperative of Manufacturing

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

No economy as large and complex as ours can prosper with less than 20-25% of its workers being in manufacturing and without the sector contributing a like percentage of GDP.

We Can't Afford to Give Up on American Workers

Sen. Sherrod Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Sherrod Brown

When Congress rushes through foreign trade agreements, proponents assure us that we'll take care of the workers affected by unfair foreign trade. But last week, that promise was not upheld.

Yes, American Manufacturing Really Is in Trouble

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ian Fletcher

Critics ask how American manufacturing can possibly be in decline when US manufacturing output is at an all-time high. This sounds like a reasonable objection, but it's not.

The False Narrative of the Corporate Media: Obama Becoming Business Friendly

Kevin Zeese | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kevin Zeese

The corporate media spin that Obama is now becoming business friendly is false. He has always been business friendly. Every prescription to critical issues facing the nation has consistently been to add to the profits of concentrated corporate power.

Jobs Crisis in Real World... Just Not in D.C.

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dave Johnson

Anyone in the real world outside of Washington or Wall Street reading about "thousands" of job openings going unfilled knows something is fishy.

Exports and Jobs: Less Than Half the Story

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

It's time to end unfair trade practices, and to do that the President needs a new crop of advisors who care more about American job creation than outsourcing and MNC profits.

What We Must Hear Next: The Fight for a Fairer Economy

Amy B. Dean | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amy B. Dean

Obama's descriptions of our economic difficulties have a political effect. They lead people to liken him to Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Yet, as the State of the Union made clear, there is a critical difference between the two presidents.

The F Word: No Solutions at State of the Union

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

Obama will deliver his take on the State of the Union tonight, and while Congress has bickered about bipartisan seating, it doesn't matter where anyon...

Halfway Through Term, Obama Still Hasn't Earned His Nobel Prize

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michelle Chen

Nobel Peace Prize notwithstanding, it's difficult to imagine Obama making any gains on human rights amid the chaos haunting the Pentagon's ever-expanding dominion.

Feeding Animals Antibiotics: Not Helping U.S. Meat Export

David Wallinga, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
David Wallinga, M.D.

Most of our "medically important" antibiotics, like penicillins, tetracyclines and erythromycins, are used in animals, not people. And, nearly all of these are routine uses are in feed for animals that are not clinically sick.

Food Swap!

Rebecca Gerendasy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
Rebecca Gerendasy

As many of of us approach the depths of winter, perhaps we might look at our homemade goods with a yearning for something different, something new to taste from someone else's pantry. Have you thought about a food swap?

When You Close the Factory We Can't Make a Living

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dave Johnson

Next week, the President delivers his State of the Union speech. This is an opportunity to announce that we are going to do unto China as China is doing unto us. Enough!

Time to Wield the Foreign Policy Stick

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

America plays the role of abused partner in its relationship with China. Although the Asian giant repeatedly injures U.S. industry by violating trade rules, America has responded by pleading and begging for China to stop.

China, U.S. and the Politics of Failure

Michael Kanellos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Kanellos

Who killed Evergreen Solar? Conventional wisdom blames Chinese solar panels. But it's not a fully adequate explanation.

Which Is it: "Cyclical" or "Structural"? Just a Very Late Train or a Train Wreck?

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

It's time to put job creation, trade reform and further finance reform above all but our national security. It's also time to stop obfuscating the true nature and depth of the current jobs crisis to suggest that it's structural and unfixable.

CES: Summit for Innovation and Economic Comeback

Gary Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Gary Shapiro

This week, the International CES is underway in Las Vegas, showcasing the newest innovations in consumer electronics. The tradeshow will host more ...

Obama India Trip: President Announces $10 Billion In Trade Deals

AP | BEN FELLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MUMBAI, India — Searching for help half a world away, President Barack Obama on Saturday embraced India as the next jobs-creating giant for hurt...

Past New Years' Resolutions Run Amok -- Here's Hoping for Better in 2011

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

With a divided Congress and heightened partisanship as the 2012 elections already get underway, seeing any resolutions fulfilled any time soon will require a rare combination of political diplomacy and political force.

Obama To Convene CEO Summit

The Wall Street Journal | ELIZABETH WILLIAMSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON--President Barack Obama will convene a one-day summit of corporate chief executives Wednesday as part of a renewed White House effort to bu...

President Obama Should Have Fought This One

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Obama has again bent to the economic philosophy that rewards the casino gamblers on Wall Street and leaves the majority of the country standing outside the casino with a tin cup -- hoping that the gamblers are at least big tippers.

Love Story 2010: An Even Sadder Tale About China Trade

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

What do you do if you have both trillions of dollars of foreign reserves and a 'blue water navy'? Well, of course you use them -- and if you're China, you use them each aggressively.