Updates

09/05/11
Kirk Johnson, The New York Times Anders Lewendal, a general contractor who managed to survive the housing collapse, has hit upon a plan that he thinks will revive the construction industry and help lead the nation out of the economic wilderness: build houses using only American-made materials.
09/03/11
By Mark Engler, Foreign Policy In Focus After a slight scheduling kerfuffle, President Obama is now set to give a major speech on jobs before a joint session of Congress next Thursday, September 8. Commentators have speculated that Obama could “go big” in his proposals to fight unemployment, and there are some solid suggestions on the table for how the government could help put Americans back to work. These include major investment in public infrastructure and changing the tax structure in order to reward businesses for creating U.S. jobs, rather than off-shoring their production abroad.
09/03/11
Susan J. DuBois, TimesUnion.com It is truly bizarre that President Barack Obama is trying to spin the Colombia, South Korea and Panama free-trade agreements as being a job creation measure.
09/03/11
Gerard Austin, Kennebec Journal We can dance around this issue all we want, but until we get industry back on U.S. soil this country's economy will continue to spiral downward. Sadly, it is almost too late. Let's start with doing away with free trade agreements and have equal trade agreements instead. This country should not import a single item unless it is manufactured by the same standards that we have set for our own industries.
09/03/11
Republican Presidential candidate Buddy Roemer unveiled his jobs plan in front of the Chinese Embassy in Washington, decrying open trade with China as the “biggest disaster of our American economy.”
09/03/11
Clyde Prestowitz, Foreign Policy As President Obama writes the "jobs" speech he has promised to deliver after the summer holiday, he must confront a fundamental question posed for him by none other than the Chairman of his own Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt.
09/02/11
Kiki Jones, Central Coast News Wednesday, the State Assembly passed Assembly Joint Resolution 15, encouraging the federal government to consider the job losses and decreasing profits the industry has experienced as the Free Trade Agreements facilitates the expansion of foreign flower industries.
09/02/11
Michelle Chen, Colorlines This Labor Day, the Pacific Rim will wash into the Midwest’s flagship city, and activists will confront the tides of global commerce with a demand for global economic justice.
09/02/11
Deborah Barfield Berry, Shreveporttimes.com With unemployment hovering around 9 percent, it's important for the next president to change trade policies to keep companies in the U.S., former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer said Thursday.
09/02/11
Keith Bradsher, The Boston Globe The bankruptcies of three US solar power companies in the past month, including Solyndra of California on Wednesday, have left China’s industry with a dominant sales position - almost three-fifths of the world’s production capacity - and rapidly declining costs.

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