Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Lab Day Tuesday 2/27

1. Point spreads
2. MLA works cited
3. Complete Peer Editing and work on essays
4. Essays due tomorrow BEGINNING OF PERIOD. No Exceptions. No late work accepted.
Bring Two Copies, please.

5. I will return your essays by Monday, March 5th. We will have a week to revise and resubmit your work for an improved grade, as well as work in Class Matters and possibly an in-class writing assignment.

6. YHR has lots yesterday.
7. NYTimes has this today on English lessons.
and this on Class Matters.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Lesson Plan Friday

2. NYUniversity
3. A word about immigration
4. Peer Editing--groups of three. Read to yourself and fill in forms as you go.
5. Discuss if there's time.
6. We'll continue on Monday.
7. Final drafts on Wednesday.
8. Syllabus says, 5-8 pages. I'll say 4-8.

This is difficult, but not impossible. This is a big weekend. Email me if you have questions.
I'll have comments on intros and conclusions for you Monday.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Washington Learns and Your Right Brain

Here's the final report from Washington Learns.

Here's a presentation they give.

Here's Wine Yakima Valley.

Here's a great class offered next quarter--for your right brain.


TWIF on Wikipedia

Outline and Organization notes

These are not paragraphs, but sections. Each Roman Numeral might include multiple paragraphs.

I. Introduction/Background and thesis

a. Hook the reader

b. Tell the story behind your topic

c. Connect it to Globalization 3.0, Flatism etc.

d. Give us your opinion on the topic in one or two sentences (thesis)

II. Side one—represent their ideas as clearly and evenly as possible. Each side will probably require several paragraphs—one paragraph for each of their main ideas.

a. Topic sentence

b. Support and connect to thesis

c. Support and connect to thesis

d. Transition

III. Side two

a. Topic sentence

b. Support and connect to thesis

c. Support and connect to thesis

d. Transition

IV. What does Friedman have to say about the topic?

a. This might not be a separate section, but could be worked into one of the two sides.

b. This could EASILY BE part of the first or second paragraph of your essay, or could be saved for last.

c. How does the topic relate to the lessons we learn in TWIF?

c. Some of this will have to be drawn from what his GENERAL IDEAS are.

V. Conclusion

a. Restate thesis

b. End with powerful echo—think about how you started and return there?

What is the best order? Usually, your best point goes last. Your second best point goes first. So...it depends on the strength of your case, the strength of the case against and what you think will be the best strategy to convince the reader. It also depends on whether or not Friedman agrees with you.

Here are some options--


The side you agree with

The side you disagree with

Why that side is wrong




The side you disagree with

Why that side is wrong

The side you agree with





The side you agree with

The side you disagree with

Why that side is wrong


Lesson Plan Day 32

1. This is a BIG WEEKEND for this essay. You try to get as much (or all) of your research done this weekend. Go to the downtown YRL if you need help. Ask a reference librarian. They love a challenge. Keep track of authors, page numbers, web addresses etc. Get a big pile of information. Go through it looking for quotes that help you understand the impact of the topic on the Yakima Valley in the Flat World. That's the question you are answering.

2. Tilt

3. Organization options

4. Outlines due Tuesday. Learn from N&D'd. The more detailed, the better. The more specific the thesis, the better.

Due Dates

    1. Outline—2.20
    2. Rough Draft—2.23
    3. Speakers 2.20&21?
    4. Draft 2—2.27

Reading for the week

The Unflat World,

· Too Frustrated

The Dell Theory of Conflict Prevention

“Infosys Versus Al Qaeda” by Thursday (2/15)

11/9 v. 9/11

Beginning of chapter to eBay by Friday 2/16

eBay to end of chapter by Tuesday 2/20

Monday, February 12, 2007

David Brooks on putting up walls

The New York Times

February 11, 2007

Op-Ed Columnist

Who’s Afraid of the New Economy?


Once, there was a bridge to the 21st century. But no major Democrat today speaks as confidently about globalization and technological change as Bill Clinton and Al Gore did a decade ago. No major Democrat today speaks as optimistically about free trade as Gordon Brown does in Britain.

In the Democratic Party today, neopopulists and economic nationalists are on the rise. The free-traders are on the defensive. The Democratic view of the global economy has grown unremittingly grim. When John Edwards talks about the economy, you think he’s running for the Democratic nomination of 1932.

Which is why the report to be released tomorrow by the Democratic activist group Third Way is so remarkable. Here is a group of Democratic economists and strategists who are taking on the rising neopopulists.

The first thing their report, “The New Rules Economy,” does is challenge the neopopulist depiction of economic reality. Neopopulists are good at describing the suffering in towns like Mansfield, Ohio, and Flint, Mich. But they act as if they’ve never been to Charlotte or Phoenix, where office parks are shooting up.

The authors of this report, Anne Kim, Adam Solomon, Jim Kessler and Stephen Rose, try to blend all the diverse pieces of American reality, and to expose what they call “the myths of neopopulism.”

The first myth, they write, is the myth of the failing middle class. It’s true there are more households headed by young and old people, who tend to have lower incomes. But if you take households headed by people in their prime working years, 25 to 59, you find those people are not failing. Their median income is $61,000. If they are married, their median income is $72,000. Those are decent incomes in most parts of the country.

Moreover, their living standards are not stagnant. Between 1979 and 2005, the percentage of prime-age households making over $100,000 in current dollars rose by 12.7 percentage points. As Ben Bernanke, the Fed chairman, said last week, incomes at all levels are rising; it’s just that incomes at the upper end are rising much faster.

The Third Way authors also dispute recent warnings of wildly increasing income volatility. The main reason incomes have grown more volatile over the past decades is motherhood, they write. As women play a more significant role in the economy, their movements in and out of the labor force to care for children increase volatility.

The report goes on to challenge the direst warnings about rising credit card debt (household assets have risen faster than debts), rising corporate profits (they are cyclical and pretty much normal for this stage in a recovery) and American decline.

The Third Way authors are not saying everything is hunky-dory — far from it — but they are saying Democrats tend to lose when they are relentlessly grim and when the reality they describe is detached from the reality most Americans experience.

Moreover, they are restating the truth neopopulists are loath to admit: that no nation on earth is better positioned to take advantage of an ever-more-open economy, and today’s challenge is not to retard openness but enable more people to take part in it.

The second half of the report describes how government can help people adjust to the new economic rules. Frankly, I wish the authors had been a bit more creative here, asking, for example, why so many people don’t heed the huge incentives to finish high school and college. There are deeper mental and cultural processes in play than can be dealt with by the usual mix of tax credits.

Still, the significance of the report is that at least some Democrats have the guts to take on the neopopulists, who are masters of vilification.

In fact, their political method is based on vilification over explanation. They vilify unpatriotic executives, but the vast majority of job losses are caused by technological change, not outsourcing. They vilify overpaid C.E.O.’s, even though their pay packages have nothing to do with the stagnant wages of the unskilled. They vilify foreign governments for not living up to the rules of “fair trade,” even though developing countries could enforce every labor and environmental regulation under the sun and their workers would still be cheaper for low-skill tasks.

The neopopulist caucus in the Democratic Party is like the anti-immigrant caucus in the Republican Party. Both speak for loud and angry minorities who have been hurt by globalization. But the party that mistakes their experience for the central reality will doom itself for years to come.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Lesson Plan

  1. Quiz Monday over The Quiet Crisis, The Untouchables and Test Tubes and Tubas
  2. Dirty Little Secrets
  3. Learn How to Learn (302)
  4. What does the equation CQ + PQ>IQ mean?
    1. What does it mean for educators?
  5. You have to like people (306) or just be interested in them.
  6. Use your right brain.
  7. What does all of this mean for educators? (309)
    1. Change admissions?
    2. What are threads?
  8. America's secret sauce (322)
  9. Tilt
  10. Let’s try this:
    1. Education in the Yakima Valley
    2. Agriculture in the Yakima Valley
    3. Wal Mart
    4. Immigration
    5. New Niche
    6. Other
      i. Find what Friedman might say about them.
      1. What are the synonyms for your topic?
      2. Start with the Index
      3. Try the Amazon search inside
      4. ii. Get a list of quotes and page numbers.

iii. What are the sides?

Send me links. But

iv. Where ELSE can we get information?

What you do today...

Employers In-Forming on prospective employees check out their myspaces and facebooks.

And, viola, a new job is created.

Minutemen say bring on the protests

Minutemen say publicity draws more members

Protesters' efforts to warn the public about the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps' November meeting in Selah may have backfired, the group says.

News coverage of the Nov. 12 gathering drew at least a dozen new faces to the Minutemen's December meeting at the Selah Civic Center, the new spokesman for the Western Washington chapter said Wednesday.

The spokesman, Bruce Lloyd, said he was among those who showed up for the second meeting to learn more about the group and ended up joining.

At the Minutemen's first meeting in Selah, immigrant rights demonstrators rallied across the street from the civic center while Minuteman supporters lined up opposite them along First Street. About 60 people went into the meeting, organizers said, but verbal sparring outside only added to the Minutemen's numbers when the group reassembled in December, said Lloyd, a former on-air personality for Yakima's KIT-AM radio station.

"That (November) meeting brought in quite a few new members," he said. "A lot of people didn't like what went on.

"From what I saw on the news, the Minutemen kept their cool and conducted an organized meeting, but the protesters were out of control."

Anti-Minuteman protesters said despite the benefits the Minutemen apparently derived from local TV, radio and newspaper coverage, the demonstration was important in that it let the community know what was happening.

"Definitely no regrets," said Maria Cuevas, a member of the group Aguila del Norte and an intercultural communications instructor at Yakima Valley Community College. "What we saw was dangerous was the insertion of their rhetoric, which was not based upon any empirical data ... that's why we were there."

According to the Minuteman Web site, the group is dedicated to helping the U.S. Border Patrol keep tabs on illegal activity by acting as voluntary eyes and ears along the border. Immigrant rights organizations have countered that the Minutemen harass undocumented immigrants and promote a "racist" agenda, Cuevas said.

One such example, she said, was before the Kennewick City Council, where Minutemen showed up in December to support a proposed ordinance that would have punished landlords who rent to undocumented immigrants. The ordinance failed.

Hal Washburn, volunteer coordinator for the Bellingham-based Western Washington Minuteman Chapter, said the organization plans other public events, including a counter-protest against an immigration rights demonstration planned for Feb. 10 at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma. Washburn also said Minuteman organizers from Arizona -- where the group originated -- plan on coming to Washington this month to help organize new chapters. Washington currently has two Minuteman chapters, in Yakima and Bellingham.

"We have members scattered all over the place and it's difficult to get together because of distance involved and we're encouraging people to open up local chapters," Washburn said.

Cuevas said no further protests are planned at future Minutemen meetings or events. However, she said Aguila del Norte and other groups like it are watching the Minutemen just as they watch the border.

"We're keeping our eyes open, but our focus right now is educating the community," she said.

Here's one more antiminutemen

The highly respected Southern Poverty Legal Center takes on the issue.

Another pro MM site

Here's the announcement of the meeting.

MM opposition

Here's a link against the MM, with some contact information.

Shame on Selah

Here's a proMM blogger's take, with some back and forth in the comments

Apple juice anyone?

Tree Top and China

The Big Apple

Ugly stuff. But there's more.
And even more--They've been reading Friedman.
And the whole list.

Lesson Plan Day 28, Lab

  1. Quiz Monday over The Quiet Crisis and The Untouchables
  2. Dirty Little Secrets
  3. Learn How to Learn (302)
  4. What does the equation CQ + PQ>IQ mean?
    1. What does it mean for educators?
  5. You have to like people (306) or just be interested in them.
  6. Use your right brain.
  7. What does all of this mean for educators? (309)
    1. Change admissions?
    2. What are threads?
  8. America's secret sauce (322)
  9. Tilt
  10. Let’s try this:
    1. Education in the Yakima Valley
    2. Agriculture in the Yakima Valley
    3. Wal Mart
    4. Immigration
    5. New Niche
    6. Other
      i. Find what Friedman might say about them.
      1. What are the synonyms for your topic?
      2. Start with the Index
      3. Try the Amazon search inside
      4. ii. Get a list of quotes and page numbers.

iii. What are the sides?

iv. Where can we get information?

Minute Men Close to Home

From a Minute Men blog

Pro Minute Men site

In response to: Photos Just In: Washington State

We live in "litte Mexico" AKA the Yakima Valley, Washington. Towns like Sunnyside, Mabton, Granger, Toppenish, and Wapato, WA, are 85% to 95% Mexican. A great percentage are ILLEGALS who harvest in summers but are on welfare programs all year long. These are folks who may slip over a Southwest U.S. border, but actually settle up north here. On a personal level, one can't live here and not grow to love many of them. Some, however, are mean, nasty sonsabitches who regularly have been killing among themselves and are starting to kill white folks (see http://home.earthlink.net/~info23skidoo/webdocs. Thoroughly check out this website and see the problems we're having with "Latino" crime. Those who aren't into drug dealing are hired by local agri-business corporations and large propietor-owned ag businesses. If there are any projects for which we can volunteer in Eastern Washington, please give us a heads up. We've got cameras, binoculars, cell phones and walkie-talkies---toys we can use if needed in the effort. We're also pretty good at research and reporting if that's handy.

What's the Flat Earth Worth?

The New York Times

February 19, 2006
Op-Ed Columnist

China's Cyberdissidents and the Yahoos at Yahoo

Suppose that Anne Frank had maintained an e-mail account while in hiding in 1944, and that the Nazis had asked Yahoo for cooperation in tracking her down. It seems, based on Yahoo's behavior in China, that it might have complied.

Granted, China is not remotely Nazi Germany. But when members of Congress pilloried executives of Yahoo, Google, Microsoft and Cisco Systems at a hearing about their China operations on Wednesday, there were three important people who couldn't attend. They were Shi Tao, Li Zhi and Jiang Lijun, three Chinese cyberdissidents whom Yahoo helped send to prison for terms of 10 years, 8 years and 4 years, respectively.

Only Mr. Shi, a Chinese journalist, has gotten much attention. But Chinese court documents in each case say that Yahoo handed over information that was used to help convict them. We have no idea how many more dissidents are also in prison because of Yahoo.

It's no wonder that there's an Internet campaign to boycott Yahoo, at www.booyahoo.blogspot.com. But it's a mistake to think of all the American companies as equal sinners, for Google appears to have done nothing wrong at all. Here's my take on the four companies:

Yahoo sold its soul and is a national disgrace. It is still dissembling, and nobody should touch Yahoo until it provides financially for the families of the three men it helped lock up and establishes annual fellowships in their names to bring Web journalists to America on study programs.

Microsoft has also been cowardly, but nothing like Yahoo. Microsoft responded to a Chinese request by recently shutting down the outspoken blog of Michael Anti (who now works for the New York Times Beijing bureau). Microsoft also censors sensitive words in the Chinese version of its blog-hosting software; the blogger Rebecca MacKinnon found that it rejected as "prohibited language" the title "I Love Freedom of Speech, Human Rights and Democracy."

Cisco sells equipment to China that is used to maintain censorship controls, but as far as I can tell similar equipment is widely available, including from Chinese companies like Huawei. Cisco also enthusiastically peddles its equipment to the Chinese police. In short, Cisco in China is a bit sleazy but nothing like Yahoo.

Google strikes me as innocent of wrongdoing. True, Google has offered a censored version of its Chinese search engine, which will turn out the kind of results that the Communist Party would like (and thus will not be slowed down by filters and other impediments that now make it unattractive to Chinese users). But Google also kept its unexpurgated (and thus frustratingly slow) Chinese-language search engine available, so in effect its decision gave Chinese Web users more choices rather than fewer.

Representative Chris Smith, who called the hearing and drew the Anne Frank analogy, has introduced a bill to regulate Internet companies abroad, but that's an overreaction. For, as Mr. Anti noted in his own critique, the legislation would just push out foreign companies and leave Chinese with rigidly censored search engines like Baidu.

That said, American companies shouldn't be abjectly surrendering. Microsoft could publish a list of the political terms that it blocks as "prohibited language." Google could post a list of all the Web sites it blocks. They can push back.

In any case, the tech companies are right about a fundamental truth: the Internet is a force for change in China. There are already 110 million Internet users in China, and 13 million bloggers — hugely outnumbering the 30,000-odd censors.

China's security forces try to filter out criticisms, but they often fail. A study by the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School found that China managed to block 90 percent of Web sites about the "Tiananmen massacre," 31 percent of sites about independence movements in Tibet, and 82 percent of sites with a derogatory version of the name of former President Jiang Zemin. In other words, some is stopped but a lot gets through.

So think of the Internet as a Trojan horse that will change China. Yahoo has acted disgracefully, but the bigger picture is that the Internet is taking pluralism to China — and profound change may come sooner rather than later, for unrest is stirring across the country.

It's the blogs that are closed that get attention and the cyberdissidents who are arrested who get headlines, just as in America it's the planes that crash that make the evening news. But millions of Chinese blogs and podcasts are taking off, and they are inflicting on the Communist Party the ancient punishment of "ling chi," usually translated as "death by a thousand cuts."

We're Going to Be Ok?

NYTimes Op Ed

The New York Times

February 2, 2006
Op-Ed Columnist

The Nation of the Future

Everywhere I go people tell me China and India are going to blow by us in the coming decades. They've got the hunger. They've got the people. They've got the future. We're a tired old power, destined to fade back to the second tier of nations, like Britain did in the 20th century.

This sentiment is everywhere — except in the evidence. The facts and figures tell a different story.

Has the United States lost its vitality? No. Americans remain the hardest working people on the face of the earth and the most productive. As William W. Lewis, the founding director of the McKinsey Global Institute, wrote, "The United States is the productivity leader in virtually every industry." And productivity rates are surging faster now than they did even in the 1990's.

Has the United States stopped investing in the future? No. The U.S. accounts for roughly 40 percent of the world's R. & D. spending. More money was invested in research and development in this country than in the other G-7 nations combined.

Is the United States becoming a less important player in the world economy? Not yet. In 1971, the U.S. economy accounted for 30.52 percent of the world's G.D.P. Since then, we've seen the rise of Japan, China, India and the Asian tigers. The U.S. now accounts for 30.74 percent of world G.D.P., a slightly higher figure.

What about the shortage of scientists and engineers? Vastly overblown. According to Duke School of Engineering researchers, the U.S. produces more engineers per capita than China or India. According to The Wall Street Journal, firms with engineering openings find themselves flooded with résumés. Unemployment rates for scientists and engineers are no lower than for other professions, and in some specialties, such as electrical engineering, they are notably higher.

Michael Teitelbaum of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation told The Wall Street Journal last November, "No one I know who has looked at the data with an open mind has been able to find any sign of a current shortage." The G.A.O., the RAND Corporation and many other researchers have picked apart the quickie studies that warn of a science and engineering gap. "We did not find evidence that such shortages have existed at least since 1990, nor that they are on the horizon," the RAND report concluded.

What about America's lamentable education system? Well, it's true we do a mediocre job of educating people from age 0 to 18, even though we spend by far more per pupil than any other nation on earth. But we do an outstanding job of training people from ages 18 to 65.

At least 22 out of the top 30 universities in the world are American. More foreign students come to American universities now than before 9/11.

More important, the American workplace is so competitive, companies are compelled to promote lifelong learning. A U.N. report this year ranked the U.S. third in the world in ease of doing business, after New Zealand and Singapore. The U.S. has the second most competitive economy on earth, after Finland, according the latest Global Competitiveness Report. As Michael Porter of Harvard told The National Journal, "The U.S. is second to none in terms of innovation and an innovative environment."

What about partisan gridlock and our dysfunctional political system? Well, entitlement debt remains the biggest threat to the country's well-being, but in one area vital to the country's future posterity, we have reached a beneficent consensus. American liberals have given up on industrial policy, and American conservatives now embrace an aggressive federal role for basic research.

Ford and G.M. totter and almost nobody suggests using public money to prop them up. On the other hand, President Bush, reputed to be hostile to science, has increased the federal scientific research budget by 50 percent since taking office, to $137 billion annually. Senators Lamar Alexander and Jeff Bingaman have proposed excellent legislation that would double the R. & D. tax credit and create a Darpa-style lab in the Department of Energy, devoting $9 billion for scientific research and education. That bill has 60 co-sponsors, 30 Democrats and 30 Republicans.

Recent polling suggests that people in Afghanistan and Iraq are more optimistic about their nations' futures than people in the United States. That's just crazy, even given our problems with health care, growing inequality and such. America's problem over the next 50 years will not be wrestling with decline. It will be helping the frustrated individuals and nations left so far behind

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Internet Boom in China is Built on Fun

Here's a really interesting article about the internet and China. Online currency is overtaking the real stuff. Tencent, QQ, are the new Yahoo and Google?


While America’s Internet users send e-mail messages and surf for information on their personal computers, young people in China are playing online games, downloading video and music into their cellphones and MP3 players and entering imaginary worlds where they can swap virtual goods and assume online personas. Tencent earns the bulk of its revenue from the entertainment services it sells through the Internet and mobile phones.

Another distinguishing feature is the youthful face of China’s online community. In the United States, roughly 70 percent of Internet users are over the age of 30; in China, it is the other way around — 70 percent of users here are under 30, according to the investment bank Morgan Stanley.

Employers Ethics

A nice story about bosses and the little guy.

A bit more on Min Wage

Big quote:

There are good reasons to believe that it would take a very large rise in the current minimum wage to exact a significant toll on jobs. Raising the floor on pay to $7.25 an hour from $5.15, as Congress is considering, is unlikely to do much damage. Still, American history offers many examples of how raising the wages of low-paid workers will provide a powerful incentive for employers to eliminate their jobs.

India as Buyer

Will India buy the world?

Key quote:

With the value of overseas bids by Indian companies soaring to $21 billion last year from less than $1 billion in 2000, according to the market researcher Dealogic, an elite slice of this country is growing intoxicated by the fantasy that it may one day own the world.

Immigrant Entrepeneurs Shape a New Economy

Here's a NYTimes piece on the subject of the impact of immigrants on the booming economy, and the culture, of Queens NY.

Monday, February 05, 2007

The Budget

Here's a round up:
NYTimes from Monday.

The proposed basic budget for the Defense Department is $481.1 billion, a 62 percent increase over 2001, Mr. Bush’s first year as president, and an increase of $49 billion over what Congress provided for this fiscal year. But the figure does not include more than $93 billion in supplemental money in this fiscal year and about $145 billion in the next fiscal year for the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns.

As staggering as the Pentagon figures are, they are topped by the proposed spending for the Department of Health and Human Services -- some $700 billion -- and for the Social Security Administration, about $656 billion.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Google's Moon Shot

Here's the latest from the New Yorker on Google's attempt to build the ulitmate library--every book ever published. Searchable. Let the lawsuits begin.


Goodbye to your modem?

Here's the latest from the NYTimes on WiMax and other technology that will bring it to everybody, like water from your tap.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Lesson Plan Friday Library

1. Names for panel? Two panels? Three?
  • Education? Agriculture? Management? Labor?
2. Loads of links below. Check them out. No. Really. Check them out.

3. Essays back for 830. Hand them out. Hand them in.

4. Essays back for 1030/1130 "early" next week.

5. Walker's lecture? 1030/1130?

6. Flatteners, cont.

7. Reading schedule for the weekend:

If you are using 1.0:

Jan 31st: 47

Feb 2rd: The Triple Convergence 173-181

Feb. 3th: 181-200

Feb. 4th: The Great Sorting Out 200-208

Feb 5th: 208-222

If you are using 2.0

Feb 2rd: The Triple Convergence 201-210

Feb. 3th: 210-233

Feb. 4th: The Great Sorting Out 234-242

Feb 5th: 242-247

Almost forgot

Here's Bush on CEO pay.

Here's the Senate 's version of Minimum Wage Hike.

And, here's today's NYTimes editorial on trade policy--

February 2, 2007


A Bipartisan Trade Policy

The newest Democratic members of Congress have arrived in Washington with an important message from the voters: American workers are feeling economically insecure, and globalization and trade are heightening their fears. The White House and the new Congress still have a chance to create a bipartisan consensus on trade. They should seize it, for the good of the American economy, and for the good of the world’s poorest nations, which need freer trade to pull themselves out of poverty.

There are some quick steps the White House and Congress should be able to agree on. To reassure workers at home, they could expand federal assistance to anyone thrown out of a job because of trade. At the same time, new tariff benefits for the least-developed countries, like Bangladesh and Cambodia, would send a positive signal to the rest of the world.

Over all, trade has been very good to the United States, which is still the world’s largest exporter of goods and services. The trade liberalization measures put in place after World War II produce now, by one estimate, an additional $1 trillion in income for Americans annually, and millions of new jobs. The inexpensive foreign goods that arrive here because of free trade keep prices down. Low prices are good for consumers, and by keeping inflation and interest rates in check, they encourage economic growth and job creation.

Still, there is no question that the hundreds of thousands of workers who lose their jobs to trade-related dislocations each year are paying the price. The government has not done enough to take care of these displaced workers, and much of the blame lies with the economic policies of the White House and the last Congress, which was led by Republicans.

Now that the Democrats control Congress, they can champion both free trade and the rights of American workers. They should push to improve the social safety net, especially access to health insurance. And they should promote increased retraining and wage assistance for displaced workers.

To win Democrats’ support, the White House will have to accept some of their demands for stronger labor provisions in future trade accords. Bans on forced labor and child labor, and similar mandates, are laudable goals. But Democrats who propose minimum-wage rules have to recognize that what is low pay for Americans may pull a family out of poverty in a less-developed country.

The administration’s proposed farm legislation looks like a decent first step toward reducing subsidies and bringing American agricultural policy into line with our trade commitments. Now, if the administration can put together a solid plan for proceeding with negotiations for the Doha round of global trade talks, Congress should renew the president’s fast-track negotiating authority. But if the global talks cannot be jump-started, the White House and Congress should move ahead with bilateral agreements with Peru, Panama and Korea.

Democrats are right to insist that the trade agenda advance the interests of all Americans, not just large corporations. But they need to acknowledge that putting the brakes on global growth is still the surest path to losing American jobs.

Minutemen at Columbia University

Some links from the this week

From Thursday: Minutemen in Selah.

From Wednesday:

Wine tourism

WTO verdict