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  •  This attitude (10+ / 0-)

    is why progressives don't win working class votes.

    A brief summary of the effects of the free trade agreement with China:

    The Economic Policy Institute, a left-leaning economic think tank in Washington, D.C., estimates that America. lost 2.7 million jobs as a result of the U.S.-China trade deficit between 2001 and 2011, 2.1 million of them in manufacturing. Wages of American workers have also suffered due to the competition with cheap Chinese labor, EPI says. A typical two-earner household loses around $2,500 per year from this dynamic.

    "They have been managing their economy on the back of ours for more than a decade," says Robert Scott, director of trade and manufacturing policy research at EPI and the author of the report. China imports materials from the U.S., he says, to make cheap exports that it then sells back to U.S. consumers.

    If you aren't going to try and protect their jobs, don't be surprised when they don't give a damn about what you have to say.
    •  For the life of me (2+ / 0-)
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      Odysseus, Heart of the Rockies

      I do not understand your reference to "progressives" in this post.

      I do understand your bigger point, and I agree with it, but I'm not seeing the actual progressive there in your first sentence:

      why progressives don't win working class votes.

      This all started with "what the Republicans did to language".

      by lunachickie on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 01:36:37 PM PST

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