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Panama: Don’t Bank On It

If we’ve learned anything in the past 15 years, it should be that offshoring jobs and deregulating financial services are certain to weaken the U.S. economy.

In light of those painful lessons, it’s hard to understand why the U.S. Trade Representative would push a trade deal with Panama.

The deal would not only encourage U.S. companies to move jobs to Panama and elsewhere, but it would encourage banks to set up subsidiaries there to avoid regulation.

Bush's Trade Pact Won't Fly

You don’t have to have a Ph.D. to understand that our trade policies of the past 20 years have failed. In fact, if you were a high school graduate and had a manufacturing job that was sent to Mexico, you would get it better than any college professor or trade guru.

So-called free-trade agreements from the North American Free Trade Agreement to the Central America Free Trade Agreement to the World Trade Organization were sold as a way of boosting countries’ economies. We now know how NAFTA and subsequent trade deals have hurt U.S. workers.

Labor Unions Know There Is Safety In Numbers

This article appeared here.

Every day in the United States, dozens of workers who legally try to join a union are spied on, harassed, intimidated, and fired. Union-busting is a thriving industry for corporate thugs and lawyers throughout this country.

Change We Believe In

By Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa

No president since Franklin D. Roosevelt has had the opportunity to positively impact the lives of every American that Barack Obama has before him. He has inherited quite a mess, but I know that he is up to the challenges that lie ahead.

Last month’s dreadful auto sales are just one indication of how bad things have gotten. GM and Ford’s U.S. sales plunged by a third in December, Chrysler’s by more than half.