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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.

To Solve Its Steel Crisis, America Must Stop China

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 09.05.2016 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

China is gorging itself on steelmaking. It is forging so much steel that the entire world doesn't need that much steel.

Increasing Opportunities for American Business by Opening Global Markets

Arun M. Kumar | Posted 06.28.2016 | Business
Arun M. Kumar

One-quarter of U.S. GDP growth over the past 15 years is attributable to U.S. exports, and 11.5 million Americans go to work every day because our com...

Trump Confirms He's A Hamiltonian; Invokes Lincoln's Protectionist Fallacies

Tom Mullen | Posted 06.23.2016 | Politics
Tom Mullen

Is Donald Trump reading this blog? If so, he's not grasping that Trump Isn't Hitler; He's Hamilton and Reality Check: Trump's Platform is Identical to Lincoln's weren't meant to be supportive of his mercantilist economic ideas. Maybe that's on me, the writer.

Reality Check: Trump's Platform is Identical to Lincoln's

Tom Mullen | Posted 06.10.2016 | Politics
Tom Mullen

Donald Trump's criticism of Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel is only the latest of his positions decried by the Republican Party establishment. They've opposed...

Tackling the Complexities of Trade

Byron Williams | Posted 05.23.2016 | Business
Byron Williams

There are justifiable concerns with trade agreements going forward. As with NAFTA, in addition to the economic concerns, the environment, labor standards and the devaluation of the currencies that the U.S. has entered into agreements are also problematic.

The TPP: Another Deadly Trade Deal

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

For decades, the regulations for international commerce, for so-called free trade, have lined the pockets of the already wealthy and emptied those of workers thrown out of their jobs.

What's the Beef with Our Chicken? The Fight over Europe's Common Agricultural Policy

ADST | Posted 09.21.2016 | World

While it is widely recognized that the Cold War was a time of heavy diplomatic involvement and trials, few are familiar with another ongoing transatlantic war during the same period: The Chicken War.

Germany's Leadership Role in Advancing Economic Freedom: Opportunity for All, Favoritism for None

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 06.19.2016 | World
Natasha Srdoc

The topics of strengthening the transatlantic partnership and advancing economic freedom were brought to the forefront, when we gathered in Brussels at a dinner event of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in December 2014.

Proof That The Civil War Was Fought Over Slavery

John A. Tures | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

As the 150th Anniversary of General Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House in Virginia rolls around, some armchair historians and pundits are still battling over what the Civil War was about. It's time to go beyond the rhetoric and read the evidence.

Bad Trade

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 02.14.2015 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

American workers aren't whining. They can compete with anyone in the world on an even playing field. But when foreign countries provide illegal subsidies, manipulate their currency, and hand no-cost land, no-interest loans and tax breaks to producers, then it's bad trade.

Economic Forces Are Mightier Than the Sword

Jack Nadel | Posted 10.29.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

We should do more to help potential entrepreneurs in places where domestic economies are too weak to assist. If we give this effort a higher priority in our country's foreign policy, we can create a healthier balance of world commerce.

Zach Carter

Noam Chomsky: Obama Trade Deal A 'Neoliberal Assault' To Further Corporate 'Domination' | Zach Carter | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

The Obama administration's Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is an "assault," on working people intended to further corporate "domination," accordi...

EU-U.S. Trade Talks Should Top Our 2014 To-Do List

João Vale de Almeida | Posted 02.19.2014 | World
João Vale de Almeida

As we enter into 2014, we will take stock of our accomplishments thus far and develop plans to move this negotiation even further.

There Is No 'Merit' to Trade Remedy Actions

Simon Lester | Posted 08.06.2013 | World
Simon Lester

In several instances, the United States and European Union have begun investigations or imposed new duties on products from China, and in direct response, China has taken similar actions against unrelated U.S. and EU products.

How Chinese Subsidies Changed the World

Usha Haley | Posted 07.08.2013 | Business
Usha Haley

Because of massive Chinese subsidies to several industries, no free trade exists and markets have failed. To survive, U.S. and European companies must seek government support to open Chinese markets and to protect themselves from subsidized products domestically.

Trade: The World Is Not Flat Yet

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 05.25.2013 | World
Otaviano Canuto

It's true that innovations like containerized shipping have reduced transportation costs for physical goods, but trade remains hampered by remaining costly-to-cross hills and canyons.

The Income Tax is Not Turning 100 -- Yet

Joseph J. Thorndike | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics
Joseph J. Thorndike

Today is not the centennial of the income tax. If you're chomping at the bit to celebrate - and you're determined to ignore the Civil War version of the tax passed in 1862 - then you still have some waiting to do.

New Goals for American Corporations

Ralph Gomory | Posted 03.16.2013 | Business
Ralph Gomory

The great American corporations today are doing well for their top executives and shareholders, but this does not mean that they are doing well for the country as a whole.

Trade That Hurts

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 03.16.2013 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

If America can't manufacture No. 2 pencils, how long will it be before it can't manufacture ballistic missiles? Maybe that's the pitchfork manufacturing workers need to prod politicians to deal with middle class job uncertainty.

Jason Cherkis

Plugged In: Paul Ryan Sought Tax Breaks For Air Freshener Firm | Jason Cherkis | Posted 10.11.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Before he became known for his devotion to Ayn Rand novels and his expertise on the ballooning U.S. deficit, Rep. Paul Ryan concerned hi...

Fair Wages for Fair Trade

Joel Richard Paul | Posted 12.10.2012 | World
Joel Richard Paul

Guaranteeing a fair local wage would empower developing countries to raise their labor standards. By improving the conditions and livelihood of foreign workers the Trans-Pacific Partnership can create new markets and stimulate world economic growth.

After Major Reform, House GOP Proposes Return To Old Ways

Washington Post | Posted 07.03.2012 | Politics

Back in 2010, House Republicans made a bold promise. To show they were serious about reform, they would deny themselves two well-used — but frequent...

Mercantilism, Manufacturing, and a Political Problem

Ralph Gomory | Posted 07.22.2012 | Business
Ralph Gomory

People talk a great deal about free trade. But for better or for worse the real world that we live in is more a mercantilist world than it is a free markets and free trade world.

Will Conservatives Support American Companies... Or Chinese Companies?

Dave Johnson | Posted 07.18.2012 | Business
Dave Johnson

The Obama administration has imposed stiff tariffs on Chinese solar panels because China was "dumping" to drive American manufacturers out of business. Will conservatives take our country's side?