Shortsighted centrism empowers republicans while implementing bad policy. Triangulation backfires, as with immigration or misses opportunities, as with the ACA, SS benefit cuts, gay marriage. Policy and political concerns would be much more successful if widely popular, effective polices were adopted. Instead, we get Rahm’s memo. Plus political satire from @Bobblespeak
I discussed the Trans-Pacific Partnership and what President Obama’s trip to Asia could mean for American workers on “The Sunday Show with Philip Maldari” Sunday morning, on KPFA-FM in Berkeley, Calif.
Listen to the full show here:
With me on the show was Tim Shorrock, a journalist raised in Japan and Korea who’s been writing about Asia and trade; and “War! What Is It Good For? Conflict and the Progress of Civilization from Primates to Robots,” with Ian Morris, Prof. of Classics and History, Stanford University.
Across the board now people are seeing what these trade deals have done to the country – more than 50,000 factories lost, millions of jobs gone, the ability to buy things marked “Made In America” all but obliterated. It is undeniable. I’ve previously written about the recent New York Times editorial on this, which indicates how even the elites are feeling it.
The trade deficit is the number to use to understand the damage done by these trade agreements, of which NAFTA is a symbol.
Imagine $500 billion of orders coming in to American businesses located inside America, in one year – that’s way more than the 2009 Recovery Act “stimulus” was. Then imagine that every year. That is what the current trade deficit represents
So now all the promises made about what these trade deals would bring us have fallen flat. All the propaganda can’t keep us from seeing what these trade deals have done to our economy and our middle class.
I was on “The Nicole Sandler Show” recently talking about the one-sided trade agreements we’ve been tricked into and the damage they do to the economy. It’s also quite entertaining. Seriously, it is. Bad puns, jokes and, of course, Nicole!!
On the show I talk about what the 2012 $540 billion trade deficit means. “Imagine if factories in America got orders for $540 billion of goods… the economy would be booming. … that was just one year of our trade deficit.”
Commentators Dave Johnson (Campaign for America’s Future) & Cliff Schecter (Libertas LLC) discuss:
1) Good public policy as popular public policy. A government jobs program with a minimum wage increase would be both. Moral Mondays as an example of bringing public opinion to bare. Gillibrand’s populist “Opportunity Agenda.”
2) Political satirist CoT’s most ridiculous moment from the morning gabfest.
3) Potential progressive options to Clinton (Sanders, Schweitzer, O’Malley) and the impact they may have on the Democratic Party, and Clinton’s positions and campaign.
Jay Ackroyd moderates. Follow @CliffSchecter @DCJohnson @Bobblespeak @JayAckroyd.
Who are ‘we the people’? How might clear majorities of people prevail given that all the electeds (mostly) are against us? Dave Johnson, Gaius Publius, Stuart Zechman and Jay Ackroyd consider the political environment often described as left, right, center and the inverse relationship between the views of the people with power and the general populace.
For example, large majorities in both Republican-supporting voters and Dem-supporting voters favor No Cuts to Education, Medicare and Social Security.
How do we bring this popular coalition together in a way that wins? What are our best strategies for doing that?
I’ll be on the Ed Schultz radio show at 2:30pm ET and then on Randi Rhodes at 5:30pm ET talking JOBS! Jobs fix deifict and jobs fix lives.
Update — 30 seconds before I’m on the air with Mike Papantonio who was filling in for Schultz, the producer says, Hey we’re going to talk about Syria instead. So if you listened, how did I do at completely winging it?
From the Virtually Speaking Media Panel: Dave Johnson & Stuart Zechman – discuss developments of the week; countering the narratives of the legacy media. Informed, lively and informal.
This week: the quandary of corporate income tax, TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership), and the principles that inform liberal policy with respect to corporations. Plus political satire from Culture of Truth.