Saturday, February 5, 2011


Corporate junk economics comes to Capitol Hill
Well, at least we know who Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chair of the House oversight committee, is working for. Issa has asked more than 150 trade associations, corporations and think tanks to provide a wish list of public health, environmental and other public protections that they want eliminated. Trust us — you don’t want to see the industry responses. READ our press release.

Eyes on Trade - New data feature: Jobs at risk from Korea FTA
Public Citizen’s Trade Data Center has examined the impact of past unfair trade deals like NAFTA in your community through official government job loss data. But now, we’re going even further. We’re tallying how many jobs in each congressional district and state are predicted to be harmed by the proposed Korea free trade agreement. READ more.

SOTU speech highlights job creation, but proposed trade agreements don’t get us there
In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama talked about jobs — a lot. But his continued support of free trade agreements styled after the flawed North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) isn’t the way to put more people to work. In fact, the Korea trade pact is projected to cost another 159,000 U.S. jobs.
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BP panel recommends more oversight in offshore drilling
It took nearly five million barrels of oil dumped into the Gulf of Mexico to highlight the folly of oil companies having outsized control over our energy policy. The National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling has concluded that both the oil industry and the government need to change before another dangerous incident occurs.
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House Republicans attempt to limit patients’ rights
The new House leadership apparently can’t wait to take draconian measures to limit the rights of patients injured by medical error. Before the membership of the House Judiciary Committee for the 112th Congress was even finalized, incoming chair Lamar Smith (R-Texas) scheduled a hearing on medical liability. The committee is following the GOP’s talking points without heeding the facts, thereby ignoring the real problem: a malpractice epidemic.
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As Jim Hightower explains it, is that “the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans possess more net worth today than the bottom 90 percent of us combined. Worse, these privileged few and their political henchmen have structured a new economic ‘normal’ of long-term joblessness, low wages, no benefits or worker rights, miserly public services, and a steadily widening chasm between the rich and the rest of us.” We must restore sanity to this nation.