Tag: 2016 election

Links 12/21/16

Preventing Offshoring:

     Congress requires the federal government to favor American-made products when it buys things. But in recent decades, the U.S. has exempted goods produced in countries with which the U.S. has trade agreements from so-called Buy America provisions. As a result, rather than using its purchasing power to give preferential treatment to goods produced domestically, the federal government treats goods manufactured in countries like Mexico and China the same as if they were American-made products.

       Because those elements of trade agreements are enacted through regulatory waivers, Trump can simply scrap the waivers, according to Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch.

     “Trump, were he so inclined, could guarantee a lot more purchase of U.S. manufactured goods ― steel, glass, but also cars, computers, phone systems et cetera ― by getting rid of that waiver. And Congress does not really have anything to do about it,” Wallach said.

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Links 12/20/16

The Rigged System for the 1%:

Infrastructure Jobs:

Trade:

Social Security:

Trump explicitly said that he would not cut Social Security benefits if elected. “I’m not going to cut it, and I’m not going to raise ages, and I’m not going to do all of the things that they want to do. But they want to really cut it, and they want to cut it very substantially, the Republicans, and I’m not going to do that,” he told a Wisconsin radio station during the primary.

Transition:

Overtime Pay:

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Poverty:

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2016 Election:

Just three counties – Macomb County, MI; York County, PA and Waukesha County, WI – elected Donald Trump. If those three counties had cast zero votes, Trump would have lost all three states and the election. By the same logic, just three counties re-elected President Obama in 2012: Miami-Dade County, FL; Cuyahoga County, OH and Philadelphia, PA.

White Collar Crimes:

Links 12/14/16

Jobs:

  • When Trump Meets Tech Leaders, Jobs will be on the Agenda
  • Ahead of Trump’s Tech Summit, CEO Says IBM Will Add 25,000 Jobs in the U.S.
  • IBM’S Rometty to Urge Trump to Support Worker Retraining New collar jobs are important. Too many jobs in recent years have been temporary jobs with no future. Permanent jobs in thriving industries are imperative.

    IBM plans to invest $1 billion in retraining and developing its U.S. workers over the next four years, Rometty says. To improve the situation nationwide, she will tout the benefits of reauthorizing the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. That legislation, currently held up in the Senate, funnels funding for technical and vocation education and could help with worker retraining for “new collar” jobs.

  • Pending Legislation Would Unite Schools and Employers
  • White Collar Crime:

  • Elizabeth Warren Investigating Sales of Prudential Insurance Policies by Wells Fargo
  • Good for her and Rep. Cummings.

  • The Psychology of White Collar Criminals
  • Offshoring:

  • Trump’s Threat Damps Companies’ Plans to Move U.S. Jobs Abroad
  • Infrastructure Jobs:

  • Trump, Carrier, and Corporate Welfare
  • The Carrier deal, though, provides an opening to press for policies that truly would generate well-paying jobs. The billions spent on subsidies would be far more wisely devoted to schools, roads, and mass transit. Such expenditures would create work immediately, and in the process build the environment that businesses, large and small, require to thrive. In your state and your hometown, take a good look at what constitutes “economic development,” and demand that these dollars be spent for the public good.

    On the national scale Trump says he wants infrastructure spending. Let’s hold him to that, but fight for government investments that strengthen communities, rather than phony “public-private partnerships.”

    We can curb corporate greed rather than reward it. Bernie Sanders called for penalizing those corporations that outsource jobs by ending their subsidies, cancelling their government contracts, and increasing their taxes. Trump has pledged “retribution”against American companies that move jobs elsewhere; if he means that, he should sign on to Sanders’ legislation. All Democrats should too.

  • Reviving America’s Infrastructure is a Job our Nation Can Accomplish
  • Corporate Media:

  • Bernie Sanders’ New Book Takes Corporate Media to Task
  • “Over 90 percent of media coverage [during the 2016 presidential race] was not about the issues that impact your lives,” he said, citing “a variety of studies.”

    Instead, he continued, the stories “were about Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. They were about political gossip. They were about polls. They were about fundraising. They were about stupid things that people said 20 years ago. What we must demand of a media is that they start covering the issues that impact our lives. Not just the candidates’ lives.”

    Poverty:

  • Digital Redlining: How Internet Service Providers Promote Poverty
  • Unjustified CEO Compensation:

  • Why Portland’s Tax on CEO Pay Matters
  • Education:

  • The American Dream is Under Threat. Can Higher Education Save It?
  • 2016 Election:

  • Where Were Trump’s Votes? Where the Jobs Weren’t
  • Bernie on Why Trump Won: There’s a Lot of Pain in This Country
  • Healthcare:

  • Warren Says Democrats Didn’t Go Far Enough with Obamacare
  • Links 12/12/16

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    Wealth Redistribution:

    Basu argues this “doesn’t mean a need for a large government” but rather it means a need for “a redistributed government which takes away a slice from the rich and provides it to the workers in the form of health benefits education and also some form of profit share”.

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    Links 12/11/16

    White Collar Crime:

    Many of the customers, who often had Hispanic last names, didn’t know what they had purchased and there were “a large number of similarities” between the way Wells Fargo employees opened bogus bank accounts without customers’ knowledge and the way Prudential’s “MyTerm” policies were sold by the bank, three of the insurer’s former employees said in a lawsuit filed in New Jersey state court.

    Inequality:

    But America isn’t nearly as comfortable with redistributing wealth as most other Western democracies — and we’re particularly averse to social spending targeted at the neediest among us.

    Maybe Americans would be more comfortable if they realized how much wealth the U.S. government redistributes to the rich.

    Wealth Redistribution for the Rich:

    Employee Welfare:

    Class System in the United States:

    Income and Job Guarantees

    Social Security:

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