For years now our economy has struggled. Our middle class is disappearing, and only those in the top 1 percent are seeing any increase in income. According to a report last year from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, income inequality is now back at 1820s levels. Their report emphasized that this inequality shot up after globalization began.
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Looking back at the year 2013, 631 people became ill due to veggies and cilantro coming from Mexico. These veggies landed in grocery stores across the U.S. and onto our dinner plates infected with cyclospora. In addition, 84 people became ill due to cucumbers containing salmonella coming from Mexico. How is it possible that we aren’t filtering these vegetables out?
The Fast Track bill was introduced last week under the guise “Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015.” This new Fast Track bill is meant to guarantee the passage of the TPP as quickly as possible. This would be dangerous for our economy.
There are economic troubles brewing. While unemployment has fallen, wages have remained stagnant through the recovery. While jobs are coming back, pay for all but the 1 percent isn’t. The median wage is still below where it was before the Great Recession. Most people believe they are not better off now than they were before the recession.