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Free Trade Doesn't Work: Interview With Economist Ian Fletcher

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Hughes

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.

Vilsack Changes Tune on the Ethanol Tariff

Joel Velasco | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Joel Velasco

Tom Vilsack should remember that there's wisdom -- and benefits for Americans in the form of lower fuel prices and taxpayer savings -- to be found in fostering competition.

Dan Froomkin

Job-Creation Idea No. 10: A Lower Dollar Would Level The Playing Field | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

(No. 10 in Huffington Post's America Needs Jobs series.) With the Federal Reserve indicating that it's ready to print more money to keep interest rat...

China's Cheating Outed by Other Poor Countries

Diane Francis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Diane Francis

The artificially low Yuan is forcing emerging economies to competitively devalue their currencies and impose damaging protectionist measures. World Bank chief Zoellick knows where this leads -- to a Great Depression.

Is a Flat Tariff the Answer to America's Trade Mess?

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

Whether a flat tariff is ultimately the best trade policy for America is an open question, but it is worth considering the possibility simply because it sets a baseline, the "least we can do," for a solution.

Congress -- It's Easy to Save Taxpayers $6 Billion -- Cut Fuel Costs

Joel Velasco | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Joel Velasco

2010-09-22-sugarcanecopy.jpg Current U.S. ethanol policies include an interlocking system of subsidies and tariffs that cost taxpayers $6 billion per year.

America Was Founded as a Protectionist Nation

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

Historically, protectionism has been, in fact, the real American Way; this pattern even predates American independence.

After 30 Years of Federal Subsidies and Tariffs, Ethanol Can Go It Alone

Joel Velasco | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Joel Velasco

As the world's top producers of ethanol, the United States and Brazil should lead by example in creating a free market for clean, renewable energy.

Does the U.S. Trade Rep. Secretly Love Higher Tariffs?

Lori Wallach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lori Wallach

For a guy who loves "free trade" and is supposed to represent U.S. workers and businesses, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk seems way too comfy with tariffs being slapped on American exports.

Yes, Virginia, There Is a Legitimate Case Against Free Trade

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ian Fletcher

Serious economists actually recognize a number of very serious criticisms of free trade -- even economists who ultimately decide that free trade is better than the alternatives.

Fifth Column: The Enemy Within the Trade War

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

The financial and business leadership that I worked with for years to protect their U. S. investments, production, and jobs, have now joined the other side in the trade war.

Get Out of Iraq and Afghanistan and Into the Trade War

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

The political luxury of being against government has got to stop. Government, not productivity, is the comparative advantage in the Trade War.

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 ...

Obama Imposes Tariffs On Chinese Tires

AP | JENNIFER LOVEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Friday slapped punitive tariffs on all car and light truck tires entering the United States from China in...

The U.S. Climate Change Bill: International Trade Implications & China

Elizabeth Lynch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Elizabeth Lynch

Will additions to the Climate Change Bill maintain the competitiveness of U.S. industries, or are they attempts by certain industries to protect their profits?

Should Mexican Trucks Be Allowed Throughout U.S.?

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

The recent release of a Transportation Departments inspector general's office government audit has brought to a head, once again, an issue which ignites deep feelings and loyalties in the best people.

Obama Opposes Tariffs On Nations That Don't Limit Greenhouse Gas Emissions | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

President Obama commented to the Washington Post that he's opposed to one provision in the bill which would impose tariffs on goods produced in nation...

To Govern or to Campaign

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

Obama can't perpetuate four more years of the fraud of "free trade." He can't spend trillions for bail outs to create jobs and not plug the hole of offshoring jobs.

Don't Turn the Recession into a Depression

Alan Schram | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Alan Schram

Many compare the current economic crisis to the Great Depression of the 1930's. While their origins were similar, the denouement should not be.

Leaving Cards on the Counter-Terror Table: Ways to Better Wage the "War on Terror"

Shahid Buttar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

We need not sacrifice our nation's fundamental constitutional freedoms to address extremist violence. Rather, we need merely stop pursuing corporate subsidies that inadvertently encourage it.

Moscow Riot Police Flown In To Smash Protests Against Car Tariffs In Vladivostok

Times Online | Times Online | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Riot police flown in from Moscow clubbed, kicked and arrested dozens of people in Russia's Far East today as hundreds across the country demonstrated ...

Protectionism Means Protecting Ourselves

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dave Johnson

Some people make a lot of money for themselves by undermining our wage, safety and pollution standards. So they tell us that protecting ourselves is wrong.

Journalist to GOP: You're 100 Percent Wrong About U.S. Automakers

Diane Tucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Diane Tucker

"People who say the U.S. doesn't innovate are woefully out of touch with Detroit's standing in this business."