Posted on 02 February 2015.
So, you really have to work hard at lying or fibbing or misstating the facts to get the traditional media elites to come down hard on you when it comes to so-called “Free trade”. Those elites have been cheerleaders for the rancid NAFTA-style trade deals going back three decades. But, the president has earned it when it comes to his claims about job benefits in the Trans Pacific Partnership: Four Pinocchios, considered “whoppers”, from The Washington Post
Posted on 31 January 2015.
Recently, I’ve written about the ways in which TPP destroys our economic base, jobs, and, when it comes to health care, actual lives (here and here are two recent contributions). So, we should appreciate Nobel Prize-winning Joseph Stiglitz’s voice on the issue of how TPP will threaten the health of millions of people.
Posted on 29 January 2015.
I start from the basic presumption that the president, and most of the people who work for him, are very, very smart people. So, when the president’s point person on the Trans Pacific Partnership, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, marches up to Capitol to testify on the TPP and gives false information, you can only conclude that he’s lying and intentionally misleading Congress. That’s the upshot of what happened on Tuesday.
Posted on 28 January 2015.
It seems like…just a week ago that I wrote about a proposed slap-on-the-wristfor Standard & Poor’s. Ah, and it’s the gift that keeps on giving. But, this one may give a new twist to the absurd world in which these guys in the executive suites of Wall Street and the financial world commit crimes, never pay for those crimes, keep their jobs, continue to get huge pay and benefits, sock the shareholders/customers with the cost of paying miniscule fines…and never admit to the crimes.
Posted on 27 January 2015.
Thank you, Greece voters.
Posted on 26 January 2015.
As I wrote the other day, an anti-Trans Pacific Partnership rally was set for today to confront the negotiators for this odious deal–a deal that contradicts the president’s own rhetoric to combat inequality. As much of the news was about the approaching snow (as aside: when did New Yorkers become such a soft, coddled bunch to go into full panic mode over a little blizzard?), a hardy group of activists and good people stood outside the Sheraton New York (7th Avenue and 53rd), where the negotiators were meeting, to denounce this travesty. A few pics.
Posted on 23 January 2015.
It just gets worse for workers.
Posted on 22 January 2015.
It’s pretty simple: you can’t advance a progressive agenda, or even one you call “liberal”, that claims to want to combat inequality AND go all out to ram through the Trans Pacific Partnership using the odious “Fast track” authority. Here are the contradictions.
Posted on 21 January 2015.
Ah, the seasons turn from summer to winter to spring…predictable. And just like the seasons we can count on one almost predictable fact: no one of consequences will go to jail for the robbery of the economy, the obliteration of millions of jobs and trillions of dollars of wealth. Nope, slap on the wrist. Every. Time. And, ladies and gents, the next example: S&P.
Posted on 20 January 2015.
In the midst of the Greek chorus demanding that everyone salute in awe and reverence to the tax proposals set to be unveiled in stage-managed “don’t actually look behind the curtain” fashion, it’s worth a pause to consider what these ideas mean in the big picture of class warfare and the crumbling of the country: meek stuff, clearly driven by the very Democratic/liberal pollsters who got the country into the mess in the first place by being cowards, a bit discriminatory and just long-term…bleh…
Posted on 19 January 2015.
There is little doubt that if Martin Luther King Jr. was alive today–and he would be 85 years old–he would be at the forefront of decrying the class warfare that has reached levels that even he could not have imagined during his short lifetime. He once said that what we “are saying that something is wrong … with capitalism…. There must be better distribution of wealth and maybe America must move toward a democratic socialism. Call it what you may, call it democracy, or call it democratic socialism, but there must be a better distribution of wealth within this country for all of God’s children.”
And he would have woken up to this startling fact: the richest 1% of people throughout the globe control 48% of the planet’s wealth, leaving the other 52% for the other 99% of humanity.
Posted on 16 January 2015.
Sometimes, it’s hard to connect the dots between things that happened twenty years ago–because we don’t teach real history in schools and Crazy Birds is more popular than reading a book. So, people who are correctly suspicious/opposed to the Trans-Pacific Partnership don’t necessarily get the connection to the phrase “fast track” and don’t remember NAFTA which passed, thanks to Bill Clinton, back in 1993 (it came into force January 1994). So, Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch lends a hand today with a really great piece of analysis.
Posted on 14 January 2015.
Not that this should be entirely shocking but this should end the debate about how is getting fleeced and who carries the burden in society. And it’s useful to have this handy to dispatch to the usual class warfare deniers.
Posted on 13 January 2015.
Ok one victory for the good guys…
Posted on 12 January 2015.
Oh, so, the Democrats have awakened. Now, it’s the “middle-class” that is in vogue because somehow the campaign to lift people out of poverty via a hike in the minimum wage was a drag on Democrats politically (stupid argument, but a different story). It’s time for tax cuts to be paid for a little by Wall Street.
Posted on 08 January 2015.
Over the years, the Democratic opposition in the House to so-called “free trade” has grown, with more members opposed to so-called “free trade” than say back in the 1990s; the Senate has continued to be a disaster when it comes to building opposition to trade deals–basically, if you can’t stop it in the House, it’s […]