Presentation to the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Opening Remarks October 5, 2017 Amazon recently bought Whole Foods, following a pro-forma approval by the Federal Trade Commission. Amazon touted its plans to cut prices on popular items on the very day the merger closed, and it advertised those discounts as resulting from the merger. It was as

Welcome to the inaugural edition of Why This Matters, a new series from Roosevelt staff connecting our individual work—from papers to reports and everything in between—to our broader vision of creating a new, more equitable economic and political system. This series will give readers the top takeaways from our latest writing and thinking, with a focus on why

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As negotiators meet in Arlington this week to discuss the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Trump administration is again rattling nerves. While no formal proposal is publicly available, the U.S. Trade Representative is reportedly calling for stricter Buy America rules in government procurement, a five-year sunset clause (i.e. the agreement would not be renewed

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With all the discussion on Trump’s tax plan, you could be forgiven for thinking the current tax code is a good tax system. Today’s tax system creates a disproportionate concentration of wealth in the corporate and financial sectors, while leaving revenue on the table that could be put to productive use. In a recent paper,

Today, President Trump unveiled new details about the tax reform plan that have been hashed out in secret for months by the so-called Gang of Six. As reporters and policy experts run numbers about who wins and who loses (spoiler alert: Mnuchin, Trump, and Cohn win, America loses), let’s take a step back at the

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Winning the Fight Over Tax Reform

This week, President Trump and his allies in the Senate are ramping up their campaign to reform our nation’s tax code. In Finance Committee hearings and over bipartisan dinners, the talking points are familiar: A White House press release described their tax plan as a way to “unleash America’s economic potential,” and just yesterday, the

A Real Monopoly Moment

The news that Barry Lynn’s Open Markets group has been evicted from its DC think tank home, New America, for crossing the interests of its major funder, Google, is a legitimately shocking development. This development crystalizes the concerns about monopoly power that we at Roosevelt have been pointing out these past few years—along with our

On Independence Day, Two Ways International Law Tests Social Contracts In 1776, America declared economic and political independence from its colonial masters. Two-hundred and forty-one years later, American workers are still looking for economic enfranchisement in a world of global interdependence.  Two happenings in recent weeks illustrate how. CAFTA’s First Labor Case: Workers, 0; Capital,

Donald Trump’s budget, released today, is a lie on top of a joke. A lie because it leaves off the enormous cost of the president’s proposed tax cuts for the rich and a joke because it relies on comically exaggerated forecasts of supercharged economic growth to generate additional revenue so that Trump can claim he

Last Monday, Democratic Senate leadership expressed their concerns over the president’s recent tax cut proposal in a joint letter to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Office and Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney. Their letter correctly criticized the plan’s lopsided benefit to the top 1 percent and pointed out the threat it would pose to