Obama's State of the Union address nudged the debate in the right direction, but not far enough.
John has a BA from Dartmouth College and a MA from Princeton University. He worked as an international economist for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (1978-1981) and the World Health Organization (1981-1982). He directed IPS’s Global Economy Project from 1983-1997. He is the co-author of 10 books and numerous articles on the global economy, including Development Redefined: How the Market Met Its Match (2008, Paradigm Publishers), written with Robin Broad.
This is a chance for the American public to engage in a critical debate over national priorities.
He proved that progressives without much money could win statewide elections.
Neither foreign investors nor unelected tribunals deserve the power to trump democratically elected leaders.
Putting more money in the hands of those who already have jobs so they can buy more Chinese imports does very little to put Americans to work in good jobs that pay good wages.
The Obama administration can learn from its first year's setbacks to guide the country in the right direction in 2010.