Here's a fascinating article by an intelligent economist, Jim Tankersly, apparently a perfectly nice fellow, puzzling over the "big mystery" of why the U.S. economy has lost so many jobs and isn't creating any more to replace them. It is rife with phrases like:
The South Korea Free Trade Agreement, America's largest free-trade agreement since NAFTA, is back on the front burner. So when the libertarians speak up on this issue, as they will, just remember where their hearts are.
We have spent over nine years force feeding democracy, trying to change a culture militarily, in Afghanistan. Now we ask young America to lose its arms, legs, and lives for five more years to force feed democracy and spread terrorism.
Free trade doesn't work, the global economy is a myth and the U.S. has been duped during trade negotiations for the past 40 years according to Ian Fletcher, author of Free Trade Doesn't Work: What Should Replace It and Why.
Rather than performing its duty under the Constitution to regulate foreign commerce and enforce our trade laws, Washington puts on an act of creating jobs with stimulation for small business and refuses to get in the trade war.
I believe that if we as a nation recommit to improving innovation, education, entrepreneurship, and international trade there will be no stopping this great country in the years ahead. We must flex our national advantages.
It's a true rarity to see the politicians and lobbyists who write trade policy officially admit that they believe trade policymaking isn't even a matter the public should be allowed to see, much less challenge.
The main debt problem currently besetting the U.S. economy is not primarily a debt problem at the federal level, no matter what Paul Ryan claims or implies. It is a debt problem at the level of people's personal finance.