Malaysia & Crimea expose the false premises of globalism

Malaysia’s missing airliner and Russia’s takeover of Crimea show us that the bedrock assumptions of globalization are illusions. People around the world are more proud of their national identity than their brand of smart phone, no matter what the corporatist elites try to tell us. And just because some country can buy an airliner, that doesn't make it equal to the good ole USA.

TransPacific Partnership weakens rule of law, encourages outsourcing: CATO Institute

The free market CATO Institute is blasting the TransPacific Partnership (aka Obamatrade) for giving “special privileges to foreign corporations” that will “encourage outsourcing” and put American businesses at a competitive disadvantage. If that weren’t bad enough, the think tank says Obamatrade also gives bailouts to corporatist insiders and undermines the rule of law and national sovereignty.

TransPacific Partnership destroys national sovereignty - everything is proceeding according to plan

Obamatrade  is not about trade and never was. It’s sold as a magic elixir that will cure all ills – Jobs! Prosperity! World Peace! - but it is in fact a toxic brew that weakens the American body politic and the Constitution. Obamatrade undermines our national sovereignty and that’s what it was designed to do.

Everyone Hates Obamatrade

A new bipartisan poll shows an overwhelming majority of Americans of all political stripes oppose giving the president fast-track authority to push the TransPacific Partnership.  Yet the leaders of both parties, from President Obama to John Boehner, continue to support it. Read the poll results for yourself.

Jobs Obamatrade Will Kill - And People Too

The White House is selling Obamatrade aka the TransPacific Partnership with the equivalent of 'If you like your job you can keep it." The president claims it will create jobs, protect workers and open new markets for products made in the USA. The opposite is true. Here are some Americans making things in the USA who will be out of work if Obamatrade comes to pass.

Face It: Free Trade Is Last Thing Real Americans Need

Want to solve economic inequality? Stop liberalizing trade. Between the lines of President Obama’s fifth State of the Union lies the real reason behind job loss and stagnant wages for all but the top 1% Americans -- the nation’s trade deficit, among others.

Makes No Sense At All: Obama’s Free Trade Push Won’t Help Inequality

Tonight, during his fifth State of the Union address, President Barack Obama is expected to mention free trade and economic inequality in the same speech, which makes absolutely no sense at all. Freer trade is just a recipe for more off-shoring creating greater inequity. It seems the American worker's last line of defense is the nation's millionaire Congress. Scary, huh?

Architect-Turned-Shoemaker Looks to Further Expand U.S. Production

Overseas-produced shoes are the worst. You never know whose kid is breaking their back or risking their life to produce a cheap sneaker or sandal that ends up falling apart soon than later. Major footwear manufacturers have contended that it’s the only way to stay in business. Some less conventional entrepreneurs would beg to differ. Take Annie Mohaupt, an architect turned made shoe scientist from Chicago.

Congress Acts To Limit, Examine Chinese Tech Imports

Think Congress does nothing? Think again. The bipartisan $1.1-trillion spending bill that President Barack Obama signed into law Friday contains a provision that limits and requires a cyber-espionage review of tech purchases from China. Perhaps, our congressional lawmakers rethink the White House's take on TPP. You can make it happen.


Lest We Forget: NAFTA Failed Miserably To Live Up To Hype

With all the pro-free-trade hype over how the Trans-Pacific Partnership pact will transform our economy for the good, we wanted to take a look back at how once-vaunted NAFTA changed the trade landscape in North America. As twice-presidential candidate H. Ross Perot once predicted, the first free-trade pact created a huge sucking sound -- that of the U.S. trade balance going south.