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"Doubling U.S. Exports" Not a Sufficient Jobs Policy: Not Even Close

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

Last Friday, President Obama said, "Make no mistake, we are headed in the right direction [even as] we continue to fight headwinds from volatile global markets." In fact, we're not even close to making sufficient progress in reemploying America, and those "headwinds" are actually powerful turbines pointed in our faces by China and Mexico (and India). I can only hope that the depressing trade and real unemployment numbers will wake up Obama and his economic team to the reality that if they want to reach their export and trade goals and materially reduce U.S. unemployment, they need to materially change course.

Chinese Paper Subsidies: Boring? Jobs: Not Boring!

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dave Johnson

China is subsidizing its paper industry and now is the largest producer of paper and paper products. This has cost jobs, and approximately 400,000 remaining American jobs are at risk.

The Chinese Aren't Coming

Robert Scheer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Scheer

The China-Taiwan agreement and its implications raise a question for Americans: do they truly believe they can be winners in a world built on expanding trade rather than on military tension?

The Real Deficit Is Jobs!

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dave Johnson

The real deficit is jobs. That is one more of those things that everyone can see in front of their faces, but we're told it isn't what it is.

Chinese Cheating

Diane Francis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Diane Francis

It just seems to me that, like soccer, there has to be some way to level the playing field. But until victims organize, the Chinese and others will be able to move the goal posts.

In Asia, Export Opportunity Knocks

Fred Hochberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Fred Hochberg

Ninety-five percent of the world's consumers live outside of our national borders, but only one percent of American businesses sell to them. Here's how we're going to fix that.

Not the Arizona I Knew

Salena Tramel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Salena Tramel

Today I couldn't be more ashamed of where I'm from. The racist immigration bill signed into law by Gov. Jan Brewer more or less turns my childhood home into a xenophobic police state.

Dems Could Win Tea Party Voters Over With America-First Trade Message

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Elk

A new poll contradicts the widely held belief that the the Tea Party movement is opposed to government action to help the economy.

Who Are You Calling Names?

Richard Trumka | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Trumka

Blaming immigrant workers for our economic catastrophe is like blaming shrimpers for the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Habs Trade of Halak a Big Gamble

Brad Kurtzberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Brad Kurtzberg

Trading Jaroslav Halak, the goalie who just led the underdog Canadiens to the Eastern Conference Finals, certainly qualifies as one hell of a calculated gamble.

China Labor -- the Pure Shame of It

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

China could be on the cusp of a new movement that markedly improves the lives of its workers, or the world could see this movement wither through a lack of organizing expertise or because of government crackdown. It's the moment of truth.

Now Is the Time to Change U.S. Cuba Policy

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The restriction on American travel to Cuba not only limits our freedom, it actually prevents the presumed goal of our policy to open up Cuba. That's just plain dumb. And the same goes for our economic "boycott".

DK Matai | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
DK Matai

Editor's Note: This post has been removed from the Huffington Post....

China Shocks World With Trade Deficit Claim. Heh.

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dave Johnson

A new announcement says China doesn't need to adjust its currency, exactly as the administration takes the currency manipulation case to the G-20.

Could Rising Wages in China Boost American Cities?

Amy Traub | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Amy Traub

Increasing wages in China represent a step toward more balanced world trade, and it's a good thing for Chinese workers and their American counterparts.

China Currency Shift: Getting Worse More Slowly

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dave Johnson

China devotes a huge share of its GDP to currency manipulation. Unfair advantages bring home the bacon.

Is China Trading Fair? CAF v. CATO On CNBC

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dave Johnson

America's huge trade imbalance with China is the result of rulebreaking that has created a bubble that is expanding beyond all safe margins. It could lead to another worldwide economic disaster.

US Can Give Better Aid to Haiti

Nancy Birdsall | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nancy Birdsall

Pledging money is the easy part. The United States, the lead donor and friend with the greatest interest in Haiti's future development, can do much more.

U.S. Will Lose a Trade and Currency War With China

Michael Pento | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Pento

A trade and currency war with China will have a detrimental effect on both countries, but less so for the Chinese.

Big Weekend News On China Currency Problem

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dave Johnson

This post originally appeared at Campaign for America's Future (CAF) at their Blog for OurFuture as part of the Making It In America project. I am a ...

DK Matai | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
DK Matai

Editor's Note: This post has been removed from the Huffington Post....

"Re-shoring," "On-shoring" and "Insourcing" -- The Coming New Era Of American Manufacturing

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dave Johnson

What will it mean to American businesses if -- I should say when -- Chinese imports cost as much as they should cost?

Pressure on Wages as Well as Jobs

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Johnson

Our economy is not structured to produce enough jobs. The way our current system is structured, employers have every incentive to figure out how to eliminate your job or at least cut your pay.

Chinese Currency Manipulation Is Just One Part of the Problem

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dave Johnson

China's share of the world's business has grown exponentially because they have and follow a national industrial policy. Ours has declined dramatically because we don't.

G-20 Standing Up To China, Now It's Your Turn

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dave Johnson

As the manufacturing infrastructure of suppliers, technology knowledge, etc., moves to China, dependence follows. China appears to be ready to answer, "So what are you going to do about it?"