Whatever happened to the middle class?

This post was originally published on this siteThe American middle class is shrinking and, contrary to popular belief, globalization and automation are not to blame. Far from inevitable, skyrocketing inequality is a choice. In this episode, we look at the policy choices that have relentlessly undermined the middle class, and why we desperately need to … Read moreWhatever happened to the middle class?

[BONUS] Quick Pitch: Where’s your $4,000 raise?

This post was originally published on this siteCivic Ventures president Zach Silk joins us for a quick explainer on how Republicans sold their trickle-down tax cuts as a great deal for the middle class—and how angry suburban voters punished them for their lies. Further reading:https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/04/10/donald-trump-gop-tax-cuts-wont-deliver-big-raise-column/471188002/ https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/10/11/republican-tax-cut-for-rich-economy-215696 Please follow and like us:

Kavanaugh coda

This post was originally published on this siteI wrote three NR pieces on Brett Kavanaugh after he was nominated. The first criticized prediction models purporting to locate his ideological position among the sitting justices. The second congratulated him for his inspired defense against accusations of sexual misconduct. The third noted that he would help determine … Read moreKavanaugh coda

To Get Rich Is Glorious

This post was originally published on this siteMy post title here is of course Deng Xiaoping’s slogan celebrating the opening of China’s economy to private enterprise. It is also an allusion to the tendency of prominent academic economists to line their pockets by serving as (typically secret) “hired guns” for controversial entities, be they corporations, … Read moreTo Get Rich Is Glorious

What is the trick in trickle down?

This post was originally published on this siteWhat is the “trick” in “trickle down” economics? It’s how wealthy elites and their neoliberal lackeys convince you that what’s good for them (tax cuts, deregulation, etc.) is good for you… and that policies like the minimum wage, overtime, and paid sick leave will ruin the economy. Economics … Read moreWhat is the trick in trickle down?

Shutdown Due to Lapse of Congressional Appropriations

This post was originally published on this siteShutdown Due to Lapse of Congressional Appropriations December 22, 2018 kcpullen@doc.gov Sat, 12/22/2018 – 00:01 U.S. Department of Commerce building. Funding for a portion of the federal government expired on December 21, 2018. The Department is prepared for a lapse in funding that would necessitate a significant reduction … Read moreShutdown Due to Lapse of Congressional Appropriations

ITA’s Enforcement and Compliance Unit

This post was originally published on this siteCandice Appiakorang, Public Affairs Specialist in our Office of Public Affairs sat down with ITA’s Enforcement and Compliance Communications Director, Brooke Kennedy, to get an in-depth look into the importance of enforcing trade laws and ensuring compliance with trade agreements. Keep reading to find out how this office … Read moreITA’s Enforcement and Compliance Unit

Petition To Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative; Application for Advance Processing of an Orphan Petition; Supplement 1, Listing of an Adult Member of the Household; Supplement 2, Consent To Disclose Information

This post was originally published on this siteAgency Information Collection Activities; Revision of a Currently Approved Collection: Petition To Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative; Application for Advance Processing of an Orphan Petition; Supplement 1, Listing of an Adult Member of the Household; Supplement 2, Consent To Disclose Information Please follow and like us:

2018 Annual Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies Awards Banquet honors ILWU Local 19 and welcomes a new Bridges Chair

This post was originally published on this site Honoring Local 19: ILWU Local 19 President Rich Austin, Jr. accepted the Robert Duggan Distinguished Supporter Award on behalf of the Local 19 membership. They were given the award for their role in the Jenkins Fellowship and for supporting the Bridges Center and students for three decades. … Read more2018 Annual Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies Awards Banquet honors ILWU Local 19 and welcomes a new Bridges Chair

Faribault: The Most Global Small City in Minnesota

This post was originally published on this siteElise Buchen, Deanna Kuennen, Samantha Markman, and Laurence Reszetar promote the State of Minnesota to international business investors at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development’s Trade Office. This post is part of SelectUSA’s EDO Spotlight series, highlighting the work of EDOs around the country recruiting foreign direct … Read moreFaribault: The Most Global Small City in Minnesota

New Memorandum of Understanding with Côte d’Ivoire Slated to Strengthen the United States’ Ties to Africa

This post was originally published on this siteThis post originally appeared on the Department of Commerce Blog.  Janel Edens is the West & Central Africa Desk Officer in ITA”s Office of Africa  On December 7th, 2018, the U.S.-Côte d’Ivoire Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between U.S.Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross on behalf of the government of the … Read moreNew Memorandum of Understanding with Côte d’Ivoire Slated to Strengthen the United States’ Ties to Africa

“The most conspicuous failure of high-immigration globalism”

This post was originally published on this site Dear @realDonaldTrump: Public reporting states the killer in the terrorist attack was born in Strasbourg, France. So before you make any more despicable statements that use the deaths of innocent people for your own purposes, get your facts straight.#WednesdayWisdom https://t.co/izMIFUwhFU — Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) December 12, 2018 … Read more“The most conspicuous failure of high-immigration globalism”

FirstNet Moves Forward with New Board Members, Vision for Maximizing Network Impact for Public Safety

This post was originally published on this siteFirstNet Moves Forward with New Board Members, Vision for Maximizing Network Impact for Public Safety December 13, 2018 kcpullen@doc.gov Fri, 12/14/2018 – 13:12 First responder network U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at swearing-in ceremony with FirstNet Board members The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) capped off … Read moreFirstNet Moves Forward with New Board Members, Vision for Maximizing Network Impact for Public Safety

BEA Releases First County GDP Numbers

This post was originally published on this siteBEA Releases First County GDP Numbers December 12, 2018 kcpullen@doc.gov Fri, 12/14/2018 – 12:55 Economic indicators BEA Graphic on Percent Change in Real GDP by County, 2014-2015. Real gross domestic product increased in 1,931 of the nation’s counties and decreased in 1,159 counties in 2015, according to prototype … Read moreBEA Releases First County GDP Numbers

New Memorandum of Understanding with Côte d’Ivoire Slated to Strengthen the United States’ Ties to Africa

This post was originally published on this siteNew Memorandum of Understanding with Côte d’Ivoire Slated to Strengthen the United States’ Ties to Africa December 14, 2018 kcpullen@doc.gov Fri, 12/14/2018 – 10:47 Export and investment promotion New Memorandum of Understanding with Côte d’Ivoire Slated to Strengthen the United States’ Ties to Africa Guest blog post by … Read moreNew Memorandum of Understanding with Côte d’Ivoire Slated to Strengthen the United States’ Ties to Africa

Parmjit Parmar, Pavandeep Bakhshi, Ravi Chivukula and Zaharis Indicted in $300 Million Investment Fraud

This post was originally published on this siteParmjit “Paul” Parmar (48), Pavandeep Bakhshi (41), Ravi Chivukula (44) of Colts Neck, New Jersey, United Kingdom, Weehawken and Freehold, New Jersey respectively were indicted December 13, 2018 in an elaborate $300 million investment fraud scheme. According to the New Jersey District Attorney’s Office, Parmar, Zaharis, Bakhshi and … Read moreParmjit Parmar, Pavandeep Bakhshi, Ravi Chivukula and Zaharis Indicted in $300 Million Investment Fraud

Aditya Raj and Jitesh Jadav in trouble for Hollywood Movie Piracy Scheme

This post was originally published on this siteTwo Indian nationals, Aditya Raj and Jitesh Jadav, are among the five men indicted by a grand jury in Los Angeles on December 12, 2018 for allegedly distributing or offering stolen digital versions of Hollywood motion pictures and TV Shows for sale prior to their official release. Some … Read moreAditya Raj and Jitesh Jadav in trouble for Hollywood Movie Piracy Scheme

Notice of Petitions by Firms for Determination of Eligibility To Apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance

This post was originally published on this siteThe Economic Development Administration (EDA) has received petitions for certification of eligibility to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance from the firms listed below. Accordingly, EDA has initiated investigations to determine whether increased imports into the United States of articles like or directly competitive with those produced by each … Read moreNotice of Petitions by Firms for Determination of Eligibility To Apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance

On the new public charge rule

This post was originally published on this siteAs I discussed here last spring, the Trump Administration has proposed a new rule to enforce the statutory ban on admitting any alien who is “likely to become a public charge.” The new definition of public charge will be “an alien who receives one or more public benefits.” … Read moreOn the new public charge rule

Why do we call it pitchfork economics?

This post was originally published on this siteIn 2014, venture capitalist Nick Hanauer warned his fellow plutocrats that our growing crisis of economic inequality would lead to an uprising or a dictatorship. Two years later, angry voters elected Donald Trump. In this inaugural episode of Pitchfork Economics, we explore why the pitchforks are coming, who … Read moreWhy do we call it pitchfork economics?

The most amazing turnaround

This post was originally published on this siteU.S. oil production peaked in 1970 and then began a slow, decades-long decline. Like most people, I assumed the decline would continue indefinitely. It seemed we had extracted most of the oil that was cost-effective to extract, and now other countries could produce oil more cheaply. In 2008, … Read moreThe most amazing turnaround

U.S. Companies Can Grow Their Business in Southeast Asia Thanks to New Agreements with Singapore

This post was originally published on this siteMargaret Hanson-Muse is the Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs for Singapore and ASEAN. The Commercial Service team in Singapore has developed several new agreements with Singapore leaders that will help U.S. companies grow their business in the Indo-Pacific, particularly in the region known as ASEAN—the Association of Southeast … Read moreU.S. Companies Can Grow Their Business in Southeast Asia Thanks to New Agreements with Singapore

Negative Minimum-Wage Studies Are “About Three Times More Likely to Be Published” Than Neutral or…

This post was originally published on this siteNegative Minimum-Wage Studies Are “About Three Times More Likely to Be Published” Than Neutral or Positive Findings A new paper finds that if you’re in the business of studying the minimum wage, it pays to find a negative impact on business In October, a University of Washington study team released … Read moreNegative Minimum-Wage Studies Are “About Three Times More Likely to Be Published” Than Neutral or…

Pitchfork Economics Teaser

This post was originally published on this siteAny society that allows itself to become radically unequal eventually collapses into an uprising or a police state—or both. Join venture capitalist Nick Hanauer and some of the world’s leading economic and political thinkers in an exploration of who gets what and why. Turns out, everything you learned … Read morePitchfork Economics Teaser