Leo W. Gerard

President’s Perspective

Leo W. Gerard USW International President

Bad Trade

Bad Trade
U.S. jobs lost because of trade deficit with China, 2001-2013, in thousands of jobs (EPI).

Under billions of tons of imports, the American dream is suffocating.

The American people have lost faith. They know that bad trade has bled factories, middle class jobs and wage increases from the country.

A report issued last week by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) details how bad trade has cost Americans hope. And hope is the essence of the American dream, hope for a good, steady job with benefits and a pension, one that supports a family and a home, one that enables the kids to achieve even better lives. Bad trade has battered all of that. And more damage is threatened by pending trade deals and a so-called fast track process to approve them without in-depth deliberation.

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Terri Schiavo’s Husband Speaks Out On Jeb Bush’s Presidential Bid

Josh Israel

Josh Israel Senior Investigative Reporter, Think Progress

Terri Schiavo’s Husband Speaks Out On Jeb Bush’s Presidential Bid

In his announcement Tuesday that he would explore a 2016 presidential bid, former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) promised to focus on “ideas and policies that will expand opportunity and prosperity for all Americans.” But he made no mention of his most controversial act during his two terms in office: his attempts to take custody of Terri Schiavo and overrule her husband Michael’s decision to remove her feeding tube, fifteen years after cardiac arrest had left her in a vegetative state.

ThinkProgress spoke with Michael Schiavo and the attorney who represented him in the matter, George Felos, about Bush’s presidential candidacy. Both expressed concern that Bush’s record was one of government interference and opposing individual liberty.

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The Pain of Inequality Among Yacht Buyers

Jim Hightower

Jim Hightower Author, Commentator, America’s Number One Populist

The Pain of Inequality Among Yacht Buyers

In the spirit of holiday harmony and good will toward all, I say it's time for you working stiffs (and even those of you who've been badly stiffed and can't find work) to extend your hands in a gesture of solidarity with America's millionaires.

Why? Because we now share a common cause: Inequality. You don't hear much about it, but millionaires are suffering a wealth gap, too, and it's having a depressing impact on both their level of consumption and their psychological well-being. While it's true that millionaires are still full members of the 1-percent club, that generalization overlooks the painful and personally-grating fact that mere millionaires today are ranked as "lesser 1- percenters." They don't dwell in the same zip-codes as the über-rich few, who comprise the uppermost one-hundredth of the 1-percenters, with wealth starting in the hundreds-of-millions of dollars and spiraling up into multiple-billions.

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7 Reasons Fast Track Is Off Track

7 Reasons Fast Track Is Off Track

During the secret discussion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, extreme corporate interests are pushing for a Fast Track process that would not only hurt working families in the United States, but in the other countries involved in any final deal. Here are seven reasons why Fast Track is off track:

1. People oppose it: More than 60% of voters oppose Fast Track for the TPP free trade deal. 

2. It doesn't reflect modern values: Fast Track is a copy of the approach to trade taken by President Richard Nixon, pursuing the passage of trade deals regardless of the effects a deal might have on wages, jobs, small businesses and the environment.

3. It's a job killer: Past trade deals have cost American jobs in large numbers. For example, the North American Free Trade Agreement led to the loss of more than 682,000 jobs.

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Right-to-Work (For Less) Is About Destroying Unions and Workers' Power to Win Decent Pay

Right-to-Work (For Less) Is About Destroying Unions and Workers' Power to Win Decent Pay

Union Matters

Limit Imports to Resolve Trade Deficit

Massive flows of imports are destroying U.S. industry and jobs.The first time I heard anyone warn us to control imports was when I was Assistant Secretary of Commerce under President Richard Nixon. The warning came from I.W. Abel, the great President of the AFL-CIO and former President of the United Steelworkers union.

That was almost 40 years ago, yet we haven’t done anything much about imports yet – now running at about $2.3 trillion per year!

Solving this problem by negotiating better trade agreements would take too long, and probably would fail because China, Japan and most other countries won’t cooperate.  What we need to do is act unilaterally to reduce imports until our trade is balanced. With import cuts of only 10% per year, we can balance our trade within three years.

My group, Balanced Trade Associates, has prepared legislation that’s ready to be submitted to Congress. We’ve tried the White House, but they’re impenetrable –didn’t even want to see our proposed bill: “The Balanced Trade Restoration Act of 2014.”

Ken Davis
Stamford, CT

 

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