The U.S. and India should not sign a treaty that will only serve the short-term interests of large corporations, and undermine the authority of governments to protect their people from financial crisis.
Congress should use the proposed bailout legislation for much-needed reform ' in particular the need to start confronting the top-heavy distribution of American income and wealth that has fueled this Wall Street meltdown in the first place.
Outside of Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Republican leaders in the White House and Congress, just about everybody who’s anybody on the national political scene agrees with the notion that the financial bailout must include constraints on executive compensation.
Both of our major presidential candidates, Barack Obama and John McCain, are insisting that the bailout must not enrich the already rich.
In Congress, top Democrats are singing the same song.
But the lyrics have been rather indistinct.
Our forebears struggled to survive in a world dominated by the superrich. Now it's our turn.
America's first Gilded Age didn't merely end. Progressives had to fight to end it. Our forebears did battle, decade after decade, for proposals that dared to "soak the rich."
How quaint that phrase now seems. Progressives today do talk about making the superrich pay their "fair tax share"; but we no longer dare imagine an America without the superrich.
The forthcoming secretive Security and Prosperity Partnership summit between Mexico, US and Canada will be attended by Wal-Mart, Chevron, and 28 other large corporations, while members of Congress, journalists, and ordinary citizens are excluded.
President George W. Bush will soon host what has become an annual “Three Amigos Summit.” The leaders of Mexico, the United States, and Canada will be gathering in New Orleans on April 21 and 22. What do you suppose is on the agenda? A rational response to immigration, perhaps?
This month, President Bush will host the leaders of Canada and Mexico to advance the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP), a project Lou Dobbs has predicted will "end the United States as we know it."
Lou sounds downright blasé, though, compared to all the online ranting and raving on this subject.
Washington is long overdue for making sure U.S. trade policies put workers and the environment above corporate interests.
Kudos are in order for the intrepid activists in Iowa and New Hampshire whose bird-dogging helped shift the presidential debate on free trade.