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Dean Baker

Don't kill growth and jobs in the name of deficit reduction

You can't solve a problem unless you know what's causing it, and America's economy won't get fixed unless the government figures out why it sucks so bad.

The problem with the economy is not the deficit, or uncertainty, or high taxes on the wealthy. It's the 28 percent of U.S. households that have at least one person looking for a full-time job.

People aren't buying stuff because they don't have jobs and they don't have any money.

Washington Post Invents Debate Over "Free Trade"

The peerless Dean Baker points out that the Korean trade deal doesn't free trade. Many trade barriers remain, and some -- like patent and copyright protections -- are increased. He writes

...the trade agenda of the United States had been about reducing barriers to trade in manufactured goods with the purpose of putting non-college educated workers in direct competition with much lower paid workers in other countries.

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