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The Jobs and Trade Debate

No one wants to lose a good job, and no one wants to see a friend or family member lose a good job – the pain is very real. The debate over trade, job and economic policy is crucial to the coming presidential election and the way we will live in the new millennium. Global or local? Corporations or people? Protection or free trade? Personal or universal? Economics or politics? These are some of the critical questions being asked:

Kerry Is So Very… Kontradictory – Part I
Kerry never fails to disappoint. He’s flip-flopped on more issues than you can shake a stick at! Don’t believe me? Read on!
Posted in Blogcritics on February 21, 2004 12:52 AM

Manufacturing jobs? Bush to the rescue
How could I have been so wrong? President Bush can fix the problem with the stroke of the pen. Buried inside the “Economic Report of the President” was a trial balloon for an approach that would fix the problem…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 20, 2004 06:17 PM

“Where jobs do not disappear”
I typically find George Will to be a pompous, boring pud – even on baseball – but as the drum beats louder for restraint on trade and the “exporting” of jobs, he offers a very important and sensible counterweight to…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 20, 2004 11:52 AM

More Dangers In Outsourcing US Jobs.
Do you really want you private medical or financial records to be handled by parties outside the US? Do you want ths private information to be hijacked and used as a prisoner by someone who is already making 75-80% less…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 20, 2004 11:41 AM

Oops: Closing Tax Loophole Imperils British Film Industry
Speaking of tax loopholes, the British film industry claims it is being shut down thanks to the closure of one: Tulip Fever, starring Jude Law, was to start filming in April – but is on hold after the government closed…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 20, 2004 09:18 AM

Watching the Weasels
They’re dancing like spit on a griddle. Although it’s not like it’s all that unusual to see Bush and the White House denying everything. We’ve seen it on energy policy, health care, the economy, the invasion of Iraq – you…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 19, 2004 11:30 AM

Why your job is moving to Bangalore
Jagdish Bhagwati, a well-known figure in the globalization community, wrote a political op-ed piece he called “Why Your Job Isn’t Moving to Bangalore” [02/15/2004] about why offshoring American jobs is not a bad thing. As I read it I had…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 18, 2004 10:45 AM

“The reality is we have to change what we’re doing”
So said John Edwards, the REAL reality is that no we don’t, and we certainly shouldn’t. One of our most deep-seated philosophical differences here on Blogcritics is the concept of globalization, and in particular the “outsourcing” of jobs to other…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 17, 2004 02:49 PM

Neocons on jobs: are they totally losing it?
Or are we seeing the start of a new neoconservative “Baffle ‘Em With Bull” campaign? Either way, James Glassman, American Enterprise Institute Fellow, came off as really having “his head up his deficit” on CNN. Here’s what happened: Lou Dobbs…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 16, 2004 01:43 PM

Is the Internet a Priority for Developing Countries?
Do small businesses in developing countries need the Internet or do they have more pressing needs, such as health care?
Posted in Blogcritics on February 13, 2004 09:56 AM

“Sending jobs overseas helps U.S.”: More from our misleader.
In yesterday’s annual Economic Report, President Bush predicted that 2.6 million jobs will be created this year. Could happen, but if it does, the jobs are likely to be in Mumbai, Shanghai and Jakarta. His “strong and getting stronger” economy…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 10, 2004 04:09 PM

Sending Jobs Overseas Is GOOD for the US Economy!
Bang another nail in the coffin. Wading into an election-year debate, President Bush’s top economist yesterday said the outsourcing of U.S. service jobs to workers overseas is good for the nation’s economy. Shipping jobs to low-cost countries is the “latest…
Posted in Blogcritics on February 10, 2004 03:20 PM

Where are the poor?
To qualify for the EITC an adult must work, but earn less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level.
Posted in Blogcritics on February 6, 2004 09:41 PM

It’s Good to send jobs to India
With the recent unemployment numbers in, with roughly 120,000 new jobs last month, and the unemployment down to 5.6% it’s time to discuss an unpopular argument. That sending tech jobs overseas is actually good.
Posted in Blogcritics on February 6, 2004 11:13 AM

Racial Inequlity vs. Economic Inequality
Lani Guinier visited the University of Michigan on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. She gave a speech in which she emphasized that poverty is an issue that must be dealt with alongside of the issue of racism.
Posted in Blogcritics on February 3, 2004 09:25 PM

Your job doesn’t exist
“Your job” makes a good current example of a semantic spook- an idea conjured up by words that does not correspond to anything in reality.
Posted in Blogcritics on January 27, 2004 04:12 AM

Free traders and globalizers – waking up at last?
Your job is gone and it won’t be back but free traders and globalization pushers may, just may, be starting to wake up to the problems. Now that it’s probably too late. Here’s today’s report from that bastion of business,…
Posted in Blogcritics on January 26, 2004 12:32 PM

Politics Aside, Offshore Outsourcing Hurts Businesses Long Term
If all core competencies are outsourced away, where will future quarterly earnings come from?
Posted in Blogcritics on January 24, 2004 09:47 PM

The Myth of Job Recovery
Pay is down as much as 40% on the few jobs that are coming back, and American quality of life takes another huge hit. And it may be permanent, so your kids and grand-kids better learn how to clean motel rooms, wash dishes and bag burgers.
Posted in Blogcritics on January 22, 2004 02:27 PM

Tech Outsourcing, The Long View
Many (most?) recent articles concerning the outsourcing of technology jobs focus on the personal aspects. That is, how individuals are affected. A short piece takes on the issue from a different angle: the loss of the foundations of technology…
Posted in Blogcritics on January 14, 2004 11:19 AM

Kinsley: Free Trade Means Free Trade
Back when I was more liberal and more inclined to be influenced by a dwid in bad glasses, I was a Michael Kinsley fan. But he has been way on the wrong side of the War on Terror, too rabidly…
Posted in Blogcritics on January 9, 2004 01:03 PM

Election Year 2004 Is Here! Let The Games Begin!Proposal to make deal with Mexico concerning immigration.. Bush is gearing up trying to take votes now from wherever he can. Is anyone reminded just a little bit about the allowing illegal immigrants in California have driver’s licenses? In November,…
Posted in Blogcritics on January 6, 2004 11:29 AM

Top Ten for Small Business in 2003
Read about the Top Ten positive developments for the small business sector in 2003.
Posted in Blogcritics on December 31, 2003 12:52 AM

Private Property for China
Right now China is basically a non-market for intellectual property – this could help it become a market: China is changing its constitution to protect private property rights for the first time since the 1949 communist revolution — a key…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 22, 2003 08:45 AM

Mirror Mirror, Whither 2004?
The Wharton School peers into its collective crystal ball and checks a few chicken guts to get a bead on the status of the economy for 2004. Remember, they only THINK they know more than you do: After a…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 20, 2003 02:30 PM

Now they want to subsidize off-shore jobs
$140 billion is about to be spent on subsidies to off-shore multinationals if House Ways and Means Committee Chairman William Thomas (Republican-Calif.) has his way. The deadline for a new bill is 31 December, so if you’re interested, you might…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 16, 2003 12:54 PM

Companies Shifting Jobs Overseas Hurts America
Supporting companies that detract from the American economy by shifting jobs overseas hurts the foundation which brings America its primary strength: the economy.
Posted in Blogcritics on December 16, 2003 06:38 AM

Education, Globalization and the Big Business Model
Applying the big business model to our school systems. NAFTA? Enron? Halliburton? The Big Three?
Posted in Blogcritics on December 14, 2003 07:16 PM

Economic boom grows
The latest third quarter GDP numbers are in, and they are impressive. The economy has grown a whopping 8.2%, much higher than the 7.3% previously reported. This is good news indeed for President Bush.
Posted in Blogcritics on November 25, 2003 12:34 PM

Get a job – in Shanghai or Bombay
Your grandchildren may have to look forward to a future career of waiting for cruise ships to dock, hoping there are going to be a lot of tourists, if current trends continue.
Posted in Blogcritics on October 20, 2003 04:09 PM

Economy not worst since Hoover.
The Dems are in trouble. I think they know it. The strongest point of their upcoming campaigns against George Bush was going to be the relative weakness of the economy. They know they can’t beat him on foreign affairs. They have no alternative to what President Bush had done.
Posted in Blogcritics on October 19, 2003 08:51 AM

AP: Trade Deficit Healing, But Deficit With China Still Hurts Manufacturing, Causing Hiring Deficit To Continue
There’s still a hiring deficit in manufacturing, other sectors, too, because of the growing trade deficit. While the deficit is healing in other areas, the trade gap with China still hurts American workers, economy.
Posted in Blogcritics on October 11, 2003 09:55 AM

Lost in the supermarket
A supermarket strike is one of those events that, literally, hits close to home.
Posted in Blogcritics on October 11, 2003 01:22 AM

Things that XXXX me off!!
This really xxxxx me off. I am not a lazy person. I work really hard at my jobs. I want to work, make money, and be successful like anyone else. See there was a time when the American dream was…
Posted in Blogcritics on September 30, 2003 10:19 AM

Lunch Nazis – The Price of Poverty
The blogosphere is awash in controversy lately over this decision. Some right wing folks have different ideas of what should be done with their tax dollars – and using them to pay for school lunches isn’t one of them. The…
Posted in Blogcritics on September 16, 2003 10:11 AM

Bush to Reevaluate Steel Tariffs
George: heave the hypocritical horseshit. I sit absolutely right on the fence regarding the presidency of GW Bush: all for the war on terror and in agreement with its prominence on the presidential agenda, but I have all kinds of…
Posted in Blogcritics on September 2, 2003 04:58 PM

So now what, Mr. Bush (or why coming home sucks)?
What a homecoming this is about to be I am returning back to Chicago from a 3 month jaunt to Scotland to an unemployment rate in Illinois of 6.5%- the highest it has been in years. Unemployment in Illinois is…
Posted in Blogcritics on August 31, 2003 09:27 AM

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Career media professional and serial entrepreneur Eric Olsen flung himself into the paranormal world in 2012, creating the America's Most Haunted brand and co-authoring the award-winning America's Most Haunted book, published by Berkley/Penguin in Sept, 2014. Olsen is co-host of the nationally syndicated broadcast and Internet radio talk show After Hours AM; his entertaining and informative America's Most Haunted website and social media outlets are must-reads: Twitter@amhaunted,, Pinterest America's Most Haunted. Olsen is also guitarist/singer for popular and wildly eclectic Cleveland cover band The Props.

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