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No, Hillary, Tariffs Wouldn't Lead To Trade War

Ian Fletcher | Posted 09.12.2016 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

Hillary Clinton recently dismissed the idea of getting tough on those of America's trading partners who run up huge surpluses against us on the grounds that it would lead to "trade war." But this is almost certainly not so.

Let's Get The Economy Moving Again With Uniform And Understandable Tax Cuts

Arthur B. Laffer | Posted 08.16.2016 | Politics
Arthur B. Laffer

Instead of punitive taxes on politically targeted companies, America needs uniform, unbiased and understandable principles for defining the corporate tax base. Moreover, we need to make the tax code internationally competitive, with lower marginal tax rates.

Was I Vindicated About Donald Trump or What?

Ian Fletcher | Posted 06.28.2016 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

So... Trump seems to have finally bagged the nomination. Now I'm obviously not about to endorse the guy (here's where I said nice things about polar ...

Should We Compensate the Winners From Protectionism?

Simon Lester | Posted 03.23.2016 | Politics
Simon Lester

The free trade vs. protectionism debate should not be about disruptions to the economy from changed policies. Changes in the status quo often result in disruption and lost jobs. If we relied on this logic, we would never change any policy, no matter how bad.

Wall Street Guru, Americans and Canadians Love Bernie Sanders

Diane M. Francis | Posted 03.15.2016 | Politics
Diane M. Francis

I vote in both countries and the border relabels everyone. I'm a "conservative" in Canada, concerned about "liberal" profligacy -- which puts me left of the Democrats. So to me, a Democrat like Bernie Sanders in the White House would be good news all around.

Free Traders Can't Name a Single Trade War

Ian Fletcher | Posted 03.08.2016 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

If you google "the trade war of," you won't find any historical examples. There was no Austro-Korean Trade War of 1638, Panamanian-Brazilian Trade War of 1953 or any others. History is devoid of them. Trade wars are an invented concept, a bogeyman invented to push free trade.

Fair Trade Romp in New Hampshire

Ian Fletcher | Posted 02.10.2016 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

So Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders won their respective New Hampshire primaries. From a fair-trade point-of-view, the news couldn't be better. However the Eccentric Billionaire from Queens and the Eccentric Socialist from Brooklyn may differ, on this they agree.

Trump's Protectionist Fallacies Have Been Refuted By Free Market Economists for Hundreds of Years

Tom Mullen | Posted 08.31.2016 | Entertainment
Tom Mullen

It's not what Donald Trump is against that bothers me. It's what he's for. So much attention has been paid to his immigration stance from a race perspective that no one seems to care how anti-free market his platform is. Trump is running on economic fallacies that have been consistently refuted by free market economists for hundreds of years.

Ownership Restrictions Put the Breaks On Foreign Investment

Efraim Chalamish | Posted 05.12.2015 | Business
Efraim Chalamish

The slowdown in foreign investment can be attributed in part to sluggish economic growth in Europe, China's slowing economy and geopolitical risks in various emerging markets. But investment restrictions are also playing a part in a variety of markets around the world.

Internet Wins, Losses and Threats in the Year Ahead

Edward J. Black | Posted 04.28.2015 | Technology
Edward J. Black

While there are some reasons for optimism, a looming renewed threat comes from those who failed to get SOPA legislation passed three years ago.

Warhol Capitalism

Markus Giesler | Posted 03.10.2015 | Business
Markus Giesler

We live in a world of soaring inequality. It is our choice if we want to tell the same old stories, or if we want to create a vision of economic life that truly integrates competing value systems.

The Super Rich and Their Strange Allies

Kevin Price | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics
Kevin Price

If you read the fairy tale weaved by the major media and our history books, we would believe that liberal policies are beneficial to everyone, whether...

Zach Carter

Tea Party Leader Botches 'Socialistic' Op-Ed | Zach Carter | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congress is out of session, but the lobbying struggle over reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank is as hot as ever. On Monday, former Sen...

Are Americans Feeling More Isolationist?

Ali Wyne | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics
Ali Wyne

Whatever one's judgment, Americans appear to have concluded that a foreign-policy reorientation is in order; in this case, however, reorientation doesn't equal retrenchment.

Does Romney Mean It on Trade?

Ian Fletcher | Posted 11.11.2012 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

Mitt Romney has certainly been making some pleasant noises about fixing America's trade mess, whose $500 billion a year deficit is probably the biggest unsung reason our economy isn't turning around. But does he really mean what he says?

The Obligations Of American Exceptionalism

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 10.31.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

We are all created equal in the sight of God. Americans are entitled to worry about themselves, but they are morally obligated as well to empathize with and engage in the affairs of others and to recognize the interdependent nature of our world.

Free Markets, Libertarians, Trade Deficits, Economic Decline: Joseph Cotto Interviews Ian Fletcher

Ian Fletcher | Posted 08.31.2012 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

The single biggest thing we can do to restore the strength of American manufacturing is cut the trade deficit. And yes, we can restore American manufacturing.

World Leaders Overcome Protectionism Panic

Reuters | Posted 08.19.2012 | Business

(Corrects to Mexico and Canada in final paragraph) * G20 leaders extend freeze on protectionist measures pledge * Deal s...

The Sex Workers' Petition

Brian LaSorsa | Posted 04.21.2012 | Comedy
Brian LaSorsa

[The following is a slightly satirical yet deadly serious prediction of what I assume will come of the future sex industry, based on Frédéric Bastia...

Dave Jamieson

Lawmakers Look To Punish Companies That Offshore Call-Center Jobs | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Following the lead of lawmakers on Capitol Hill, several states have proposed legislation that would punish American companies that relo...

Dave Jamieson

American Anti-Outsourcing Bill Causes Uproar Overseas | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.09.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A bill that would punish American companies for sending their customer call centers overseas has caused an uproar in India and the Phili...

Gov. Buddy Roemer Calls for Withdrawal From NAFTA, WTO

Ian Fletcher | Posted 12.21.2011 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

I have found one candidate whom I believe is genuinely serious about fixing America's trade mess. He's an undeniable long shot, as Herman Cain was until recently. But it's not my aim here to handicap a horse race.

Jon Ward

Mitt Romney's Aggressive China Rhetoric Questioned By Conservatives | Jon Ward | Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Obama submitted three long-awaited free trade agreements to Congress this month, which were quickly ratified Wednesday, but Re...

Shameful Conduct

Sen. Fritz Hollings | Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics
Sen. Fritz Hollings

President Obama bails the economy boat as fast as he can with tax cuts and infrastructure, but fails to plug the off shore hole in the sinking economy. Shameful conduct! Not on Wall Street, but in Washington.

Free Trade is Making America the New Portugal

Ian Fletcher | Posted 11.01.2011 | Business
Ian Fletcher

America doesn't need to cut itself off from the world entirely, but it does need to get wise to the fact that the rest of the world views trade (correctly) as an arena of national rivalry, and start playing the game.