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Protectionism Didn't Cause the Great Depression

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ian Fletcher

The myths behind Smoot-Hawley continues to poison U.S. policymaking even today, as it renders the U.S. government fearful of retaliating against problems like Chinese currency manipulation.

The Mythical Concept of Trade War

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ian Fletcher

Supposedly, no matter how bad our problems with our trading partners get, they are less bad than the catastrophe that would ensue if we walked away from our current policy of unilateral free trade.

Debating Free Trade vs. Protectionism, Round One Replies

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ian Fletcher

Using a tariff to fix the economy is like performing a lobotomy with a spade--not the right tool.

Thinking the Unthinkable: Could America Repeal NAFTA?

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ian Fletcher

Unbeknownst to most Americans inside and outside the Washington Beltway, free trade is inexorably losing its base of support on Capitol Hill. A new bill to repeal NAFTA is the latest hint.

Ethanol and Diplomacy

André Amado | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
André Amado

From now on, Brazilian ethanol will be recognized as the most competitive and cleanest global fuel option. The U.S. EPA's recognition of its value bodes well for the future of both countries.

Turned Off

Sen. Fritz Hollings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Fritz Hollings

With imports soaring, we're stimulating the production of China, not the US. The Obama administration refuses to enforce our trade laws to protect the economy and change our tax laws to promote exports.

What About China's Exchange-Rate Protectionism?

Edward Harrison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Edward Harrison

I see a protectionist response in retaliation as a likely outcome unless China changes its tune -- not that I favor that outcome. We will soon know if protectionism works.

There Will Be No Trade War

Gilbert B. Kaplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Gilbert B. Kaplan

If you were going to start a trade war against the United States, it is unlikely that your first salvo would be on chicken parts, or as the Chinese rather charmingly first announced, on dorkings.

Wall Street Treasury Complex is the Problem

Diane Francis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Diane Francis

An examination of the causes of the financial meltdown and proposals for reform to prevent new catastrophic bubbles from forming and bursting.

Time To Get Tough With China

Arthur Rosenfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Arthur Rosenfeld

Chinese people see our standard of living and are willing to work for less to get what we have. Long term this process can't continue, because cheap manufacturing requires simple living.

Keeping Everybody Happy

Sen. Fritz Hollings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Fritz Hollings

We are not competing in the global economy because the Fortune 500 and the money crowd in New York, are getting rich investing, developing, and producing in China.

Why Our Jobs Crisis From Hell Could Last Decades

Les Leopold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Les Leopold

Remarkably, the America of 2010 is exporting raw materials and importing high tech renewable energy products. And this is happening less than 100 miles from Redmond, the home of Microsoft.

Quiet Conspiracy

Sen. Fritz Hollings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Fritz Hollings

The President, as he dithers on how to get in a war that he should be out of, has called a White House summit on jobs to dither about how to stay out of the Trade War that we ought to be in.

Obama and China: Vandalism or Vision

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

If the U.S. increases exports, mercantilist nations like China, Germany and Japan will have to save less and spend more, import more and export less.

Pittsburgh Model Dramatizes Lessons for G-20 Summit

Gary Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Gary Shapiro

Pittsburgh's experience offers a road map for American cities adjusting to manufacturing downturns and the new realities of the modern global economy.

Enforcing Trade Rules Shocks "The Village"

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dave Johnson

It seems that after eight years of general lawlessness we're at a point where it is expected that those with power can do anything they want regardless of agreements or laws.

The G-20 Summit: Lessons from Pittsburgh

Eric Lotke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Lotke

The G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh provides an opportunity for Americans to move beyond shibboleths of free trade and protectionism and to question the true functioning of the market.

Myths of Protectionism Are Spread to Exploit Workers and the Environment

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dave Johnson

Why, exactly, is protectionism so bad? Why can't we have fair trade that lifts workers and protects the environment instead of unregulated free trade that exploits workers and the environment?

Myths of Protectionism: Stories You Are Likely to Hear in the Wake of the China Tire Trade Tariff Case

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dave Johnson

President Obama has decided to enforce our trade laws and imposed a three year tariff on Chinese tires. I suspect the country is about to witness a corporate hissy fit.

China Tariffs: Beijing Takes Aim At U.S. Auto Parts And Chicken Products

L.A. Times | David Pierson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

China fired back against proposed tariffs on Chinese tires imported to the United States by announcing Sunday that an anti-dumping and anti-subsidies ...

Who Opposes American Manufacturing? II

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dave Johnson

A country's economic power comes from manufacturing. But while other countries have industrial policies, America has a de-industrialization policy.

Forging a Green Economic Recovery at Home

Edwin D. Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Edwin D. Hill

Manufacturing is moving into a new, energy-efficient stage, but it's in danger of leaving out the American worker altogether without an aggressive approach in Washington to encourage its domestic growth.

U.S. War on Drugs Is Killing Mexico

Diane Francis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Diane Francis

The Three Amigos Summit which just ended -- U.S., Canada and Mexico -- is the private gathering of North America's dysfunctional family.

Misuse Of The Words Protectionism And Trade Is Making Us Poorer

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Johnson

Making things in America is crucially important to our future economy. But it matters as much that we use the right words as that we explore the right ideas and policies.

Trucks, Drugs and NAFTA: Time for Congress to do the Right Thing

Gary Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Gary Shapiro

Mexico did not take lightly to the U.S. closing our border to their trucks -- that's why they're called "trade wars."