[Christian Detisch, Patrick Woodall | October 25, 2016 | Food and Water Watch] The bipartisan hostility directed at the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has been focused on the impact trade deals have on middle class working families. Last week in the final presidential debate, both candidates reiterated their opposition to the TPP. And this deal, the largest trade deal in history, is so toxic that Congress isn’t planning a vote on the deal until after the election in November.
[Paul Mozur| October 24, 2016 | The New York Times] HONG KONG — In a surprise move on Monday, the German authorities withdrew approval for the takeover of a domestic semiconductor firm by a Chinese bidder, a deal that was set to be an emblem of a new push by Chinese companies to acquire cutting-edge technology businesses and a sign of Berlin’s tolerance for such moves.
[Wilbur Ross & Peter Navarro| October 18, 2016 | Real Clear Policy] Budget-deficit hawks often insist that the only way to balance the Federal budget is to raise taxes or cut spending. The far smarter path to balance the budget is simply to grow our economy faster.
[ Alex Sowyer| October 20, 2016 | Breitbart] Donald Trump announced on Thursday that he will consolidate all trade policy under one “American Desk” if he’s elected president, in order to promote “America First” trade deals.
[ Daily News| October 17, 2016 | Inside US Trade] Ambassadors from Trans-Pacific Partnership countries this week pledged to accelerate their efforts to ensure the agreement is passed during a lame-duck session of Congress and reiterated the importance of the United States to the global trading system and its TPP partners.
Don’t blame the robots! An interview on manufacturing, automation, and globalization with Susan Houseman.
Susan Houseman is a senior economist at the Upjohn Institute in Michigan. I’ve followed her work on employment trends, especially in manufacturing, for years, and wanted to share some of her recent findings that struck me as particularly germane at this point in time.
[ Adam Behsudi| October 17, 2016 | Politico] Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Trump campaign advisers Peter Navarro and Dan DiMicco blasted the U.S. Treasury Department’s decision on Friday not to declare China a currency manipulator — an action no administration, Republican or Democrat, has taken since 1994.
October 25th from 2:00pm-3:00pm 121 Cannon House Office Building [ AFL-CIO| October 10, 2016] International trade and migration are fundamental and interrelated components of globalization that have the potential to improve the lives of working families. For far too long, however, trade and immigration policies have prioritized corporate interests over good jobs and worker rights.
[ Dean Baker | October 10, 2016 |CEPR] Donald Trump has espoused racist and misogynist views in his presidential campaign and throughout his life. For this reason, many people don't want to be associated in any way with him. This is a problem, since not everything he says is wrong, particularly when it comes to trade.
[ Gilbert B. Kaplan | September 29, 2016 |Huffington Post] In addition to giving rise to a great Broadway hip-hop play, Alexander Hamilton was the founding father of the U.S. pro-manufacturing movement. In 1791, he wrote a report to the Congress extolling the virtues of U.S. manufacturing: “Not only the wealth, but the independence and security of a country, appear to be materially connected with the prosperity of manufactures. Every nation, with a view to those great objects, ought to endeavor to possess within itself all the essentials of a national supply. These comprise the means of subsistence, habitation, clothing and defense.” Report on Manufactures, 1791, Alexander Hamilton, Secretary of the Treasury.