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Bad Trade

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 12.15.2014 | 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'

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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?

Mitt Romney's Plan to Replace Free Trade

Ian Fletcher | Posted 12.14.2011 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

Mitt Romney has made tough statements about dealing with China which, if sincere, would not only put him beyond the other major Republican candidates on trade, but also far beyond what the Obama administration is doing.

Obama Pushes Huge Free Trade Deals to Wednesday Vote

Glenn Hurowitz | Posted 12.10.2011 | Politics
Glenn Hurowitz

These trade agreements achieve a rare trifecta: it's hard to imagine a single initiative that at one time could so infuriate anti-corporate activists, labor unions, and environmentalists at the very moment these disparate movements are finding solidarity and support in the streets.

Is Romney for Real on Trade?

Ian Fletcher | Posted 11.09.2011 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

If Romney truly understands the underlying economics of our present trade mess, he knows that the present order is unsustainable. And he -- and his backers -- probably calculate that they'd rather have a Republican clean it up than a Democrat.

Answering Objections to a Tariff

Ian Fletcher | Posted 06.21.2011 | Business
Ian Fletcher

Even free traders thinking through how to save as much of free trade as they can should take the option of a tariff seriously. They're running out of time.

Why Donald Trump Is Right on Trade

Ian Fletcher | Posted 06.19.2011 | Business
Ian Fletcher

Jobs are what everyone understands. But what a lot of people miss is that the current budget fight, and the angst over our mounting national debt, are also intimately connected to trade. So Trump is onto something even bigger than people realize.

A Tariff Would, Too, Fix Our Trade Mess

Ian Fletcher | Posted 06.18.2011 | Business
Ian Fletcher

Replacing foreign rivalry with strong domestic rivalry is probably a net plus. Japan's ferociously competitive (and protected) automobile and consumer electronics industries illustrate this well.

WTO Sides With Chinese State Capitalism Against the U.S.

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

The World Trade Organization has a long history of anti-American actions. They've just handed us another one, and in the process handed a big freebie to Chinese state capitalism.

Yes We Can! (Fix Our Trade Mess)

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ian Fletcher

It's an utter mistake to think America is this big helpless giant with respect to its trade problems. The solutions are out there if we would but avail ourselves of them.

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.