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Quid Dold Dow

May 2012 — before losing his congressional seat, Republican Bob Dold introduces seven bills that if passed would have directly benefitted the Dow Chemical corporation by eliminating import duties for substances Dow Chemical uses in the United States but produces on the cheap overseas with underpaid third-world workers. The bills, and the chemicals on which [...]

Where Is Bubba Nation?

Bubba Nation is a subsidiary of the autocratic oppression of workers in sweatshops in China. [...]

Kay Hagan Lets Nicaragua Wear The Pants

If it wasn’t for politicians like Kay Hagan, we would have more all-American clothing companies, and more clothing companies offering more made-in-the-USA clothes. [...]

No, Pelosi, The Real Problem Is NOT Outsourcing National Security

Netroots Nation was this weekend, and many attendees there grasped the historical moment and engaged in just the sort of talking back to Democratic politicians that I had hoped for. [...]

Americans Elect Lauds Figure for Criticizing “Selfishness” in Washington DC. Guess Who?

Yesterday, Americans Elect quoted from a person lambasting politicians in Washington DC for their selfishness, greed and focus on narrow interests. Who is that person?

“Too many people are worried about themselves personally and the next election and not doing the right thing for this country,” says James R. Boyle, who works as President [...]

The Girl Scouts of Sweatshops?

No, they’re not the Earth Scouts. But if you compare the Girl Scouts of America to the Boy Scouts of America, the Girl Scouts come out ahead is some important respects. The Girl Scouts of America do not mandate that kids swear an oath before God; the Boy Scouts of America do. The Girl Scouts [...]

Fact Check: Environmental, USITC Deception in the U.S. Outdoor Act

The U.S. Outdoor Act is clear in its practical effect: by lowering import tariffs on “recreational performance outerwear” (high-tech pants and jackets made for outdoorsy activities), the bill would lower the cost of making those products in factories overseas. But in trying to justify those lowered import tariffs, the bill (S. 1439 in the Senate, [...]

John McCain Aims the USA Straight For the Bottom

All of McCain’s sympathy was for the corporations who have abandoned America. America needs to aim lower, McCain said, and expect less. How is that country first? [...]

Wasilla Needs Its Village Idiot. Send Sarah Palin Home.

Americans are losing jobs, losing homes, and losing hope. We need to contain the damage, and put Sarah Palin back in the arena of small town politics, where she can’t do much harm. Wasilla needs its village idiot. In 2008, let’s send Sarah Palin home. [...]