NAFTA, Twenty Years After: A Disaster

New Year’s Day, 2014, marks the 20th anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The Agreement created a common market for goods, services and investment capital with Canada and Mexico. And it opened the door through which American…

The Stem, the Flower, and Corporate Greed

In his New York Times column this morning, David Brooks uses a garden metaphor to instruct us on the different functions of the public and private sector. He writes that the government is like the “stem,” providing us with the…

Socialized Medicine; The Horror Movie

The core argument of the hysterical Republican diatribe against Obamacare is that it will push Americans down a slippery slope into the nightmare of, gasp, SOCIALIZED MEDICINE! The phrase regularly trips from the lips of GOP reactionaries. Here’s Texas Senator…

Best for Obama: Lose Syria Vote

On the merits, Barack Obama has already lost the Congress on his proposal to intervene in the Syrian Civil War. What’s left is an argument on the politics. The White House’s message to Democrats is that rejection will doom the…

Complacent Consensus on China

Within the next few years, China will surpass the United States as the world’s largest economy. Anticipating the impact of this milestone on our national psyche, the US policy class has been assuring Americans that there is nothing to worry…