House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has now publicly opposed giving President Obama fast track authority on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). In a show of unity with other House Democrats Pelosi announced she would be opposing the current bill promoting TPP at a labor event.
|By: DSWright Monday February 3, 2014 9:02 am|
Are you sitting down? The lobbying rules designed to slow down the revolving door have failed. According to the New York Times, an analysis of congressional staffer data has revealed that not only is the practice of government worker-to-lobbyist continuing, the meager ethics rule that do exist are being ignored.
|By: DSWright Friday November 15, 2013 2:20 pm|
Opposition does seem to be mounting to TPP, the question remains as to whether it is enough to stop the deal. This is when activism matters the most.
|By: DSWright Thursday November 14, 2013 9:40 am|
As information leaks about secret provisions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), opposition to the sovereignty-killing trade agreement is building in Congress. More than 150 House Democrats have publicly stated they oppose giving President Obama fast-track trade authority for TPP. It appears some in Congress have learned their lesson from NAFTA and the WTO – that “free trade” is a scam that destroys economies and turns all power over to transnational corporations who don’t give a damn about the host countries.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday September 29, 2013 6:45 am|
Climate activist Tim DeChristopher served twenty-one months in prison after disrupting a federal land auction that would have sold off the leasing rights to oil and gas companies. He stopped oil and gas companies from exploiting resources around the Arches and Canyonlands National Parks in southeastern Utah and nearby the Book Cliffs in eastern Utah.
He had not planned to buy the land, but when he was asked at the auction if he was there to bid, he saw an opportunity and said yes.
|By: DSWright Monday April 1, 2013 2:00 pm|
Courtesy of the Roundup, the Real News Network recently did an interview highlighting the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement and the stunning implications this rarely discussed treaty would have on labor, environmental, and internet rights. TPP is the next step in expanding Corporate Power at the expense of democracy and free expression.
|By: George Zornick Saturday February 4, 2012 1:59 pm|
Citizen’s United is not merely a mistake easily corrected, nor is the case simply about campaign finance or money in politics. Citizen’s United is a corporate power case masquerading as a free speech case. In many ways, the decision was less a break from the recent past than a proclamation about the sad reality of corporate power in America.
|By: Christopher Ketcham Saturday November 13, 2010 1:59 pm|
When the votes were tallied on the night of November 2, 2008, I was at a bar in Moab, Utah – the one rabid Democratic stronghold in a rabidly Republican state – to enjoy the hysteria as Barack Obama was summoned to lead the country out of the disaster of eight years of George W. Bush. People shook hands, hooted, clinked glasses, got drunk, raised fists, wept. The good liberals had elected a visionary Democrat to the presidency, who, blessed with a Democratic majority in Congress, would fashion “hope” and “change” into a palpable policy. I was told that in parts of Brooklyn, my hometown, voters ran through the streets banging pots and pans. The feeling was of religious jubilee – the new dispensation was upon us, and 2009 would mark the emancipation from the old rottenness. Corruption and fraud and deceit and war and oligarchy would be washed from the body politic. It was the beginning of the restoration of the republic.
|By: Jane Hamsher Monday March 22, 2010 9:20 am|
We saw in the last days what President Obama was capable of when he truly put the force of his political skill behind an effort. But as time wore on, the mountain of data unearthed could lead to only one conclusion: this bill, with its eerie similarities to a plan written by insurance industry lobbyists in 2008, was what the president wanted.
Rather than use his talents to rein in corporate interests, as he promised on the campaign trail, the President used his office to shield them from accountability. This was our chance to weaken them, and the Americans that Obama inspired with his message of change would have fought like hell by his side to do just that. Sadly, that opportunity was squandered. President Obama made himself the defender of the corporate interest problem that we still need to overcome. Perhaps that is the best that can be achieved within our current system. If so, that is a sobering reality.
|By: Jim Moss Sunday March 14, 2010 1:22 pm|
More and more Americans are waking up to the fact that with a few notable exceptions, both Republicans and Democrats in Washington are basically employees of corporate lobbyists. How do we fight the corporate beast?