Max Baucus Finally Gets His Grand Bargain!

By: Tuesday June 28, 2011 2:58 pm

Usually, when Max Baucus tries to craft a grand bargain, oversized legislation starts by getting progressively worse, at which point the legislation finally dies. But he has finally succeeded in getting a grand bargain, with a deal to extend Trade Adjustment Assistance in exchange for votes on the Korea, Colombia, and Panama trade deals. Baucus [...]

Obama Gives Manufacturing a Promotion

By: Friday January 28, 2011 7:05 am

Since Ron Bloom–IMO, the most effective member of the Auto bailout team–got named the special advisor for manufacturing in September 2009, those of us insisting the country has to reinvest in manufacturing have argued Bloom should get more power to make that happen. At least in theory, his imminent promotion to Assistant to the President [...]

UAW: A Seat at the Table

By: Wednesday January 19, 2011 2:37 pm

There’s always a lot of tut-tutting when the White House releases the list of people who attend a state dinner. While a lot of that, for the dinner honoring Hu Jintao tonight, has to do with which members of Congress have blown off invites (John Boehner, Harry Reid, and Mitch McConnell, though McConnell’s wife Elaine [...]

A Tale of Two Bailout Paybacks

By: Monday December 13, 2010 9:05 am

As promised over the weekend before I realized I had forgotten my Toobz, I wanted to compare the behavior of two bailout recipients, the UAW and the banksters. A number of people have pointed to this intriguing interview about the Korea Trade deal with the UAW’s President Bob King. In addition to confirming my math [...]

White House Brags about Exporting our Pyramid Schemes to Korea

By: Saturday December 4, 2010 5:25 am

The list of statements of support for the Korea Trade Agreement the White House sent out last night tells you a lot about what you need to know about the trade agreement. Among others on the list are Tom Donohue, whose laundering of foreign money into election coffers had a significant role in the shellacking Democrats took in November. Then there’s the CEOs of credit card nation, Vikram Pandit and Jamie Dimon. But to me, the most telling endorser of this agreement is Dick DeVos, the CEO of Amway and perennially one of the biggest single funders of the Republican Party.

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