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Trade Policy

Jamie Dimon's Big Pay Raise -- and the Minimum Wage

Robert Creamer | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Last week JPMorgan Chase's Board approved a 74 percent pay raise for its CEO, Jamie Dimon, for 2013. Sometimes we get numb to numbers like $20 million. To put it in perspective, in 2013, Dimon made $9,615 per hour. In other words, he made more in the first two hours of the first workday of the year than a minimum-wage worker made all year long.

It's Economic Inequality Stupid -- What to Do About the Biggest Crisis Facing America

Robert Creamer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Growing income inequality is caused by the human decisions and the economic rules of the game we create. And shamefully, America lags behind every other first world nation in closing that income gap. That can be changed.

American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act Would Develop National Manufacturing Strategy

Michele Nash-Hoff | Posted 08.24.2013 | Business
Michele Nash-Hoff

On June 20, 2013, U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL-) introduced H.R. 2447, "The American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2013,"a bill that would brin...

Genetically Modified Foods and the Limits of Trade Agreements

Simon Lester | Posted 07.23.2013 | World
Simon Lester

What is free trade? Is free trade the removal of protectionism? Or does it mean creating a single market where all goods and services sold in one market can also be sold in other markets?

Is the Trans-Pacific Partnership the Solution to Latin America's Fractured Trade Regime?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 07.16.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

Many hope an agreement on the TPP will provide a much-needed boost to a still prostrate global economy, but what is being widely hailed as profound progress in the evolution of trade integration globally is having the opposite effect in Latin America.

Building Connections (Not More Walls) Along the U.S.-Mexico Border

Michael Dear | Posted 07.15.2013 | World
Michael Dear

Mexico is already ahead of us in developing the border-zone infrastructure needed for bi-national trade and prosperity. Why aren't we matching these efforts?

Official: Trade Policy Hurt By Budget Cuts

AP | JIM ABRAMS | Posted 03.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The administration's top trade official outlined President Barack Obama's ambitious trade agenda to Congress Tuesday while cautioning th...

End Budget Conflict Via Balanced Trade

Greg Autry | Posted 05.12.2013 | Business
Greg Autry

For more than a generation the U.S. has been testing a self-destructive theory whereby we export enormous amounts of American capital, priceless technology and millions of jobs to other nations naively expecting them to reciprocate.

Congress Wants Role In White House's Trade Push

AP | JIM ABRAMS | Posted 05.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has embarked on an aggressive trade agenda that could lower barriers and increase U.S. exports to many of ...

Good Trade Policy: Three 'Thought Experiments'

Stan Sorscher | Posted 04.21.2013 | Business
Stan Sorscher

Imagine a thought experiment, where we put environmentalists in each country in charge of negotiating the next trade agreement. Preposterous! I know. Stick with me.

Year in Review: 2012 in US Trade Reform

Ian Fletcher | Posted 03.02.2013 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

Romney's weak economic nationalism didn't turn out to be strong enough to win over a recession-weary electorate that still blamed Bush for the economic crisis that Obama seemed to be handling, if at an unsatisfyingly slow pace.

What If We Did Trade Right?

Stan Sorscher | Posted 01.29.2013 | Business
Stan Sorscher

Everyone I know is in favor of trade done right. But global trade agreements go overboard in protecting investor rights.

A Trade Policy for President Obama's Second Term

Joshua Meltzer | Posted 01.09.2013 | World
Joshua Meltzer

During the next four years the president should build on the trade policy progress of his first term and develop a comprehensive trade policy that does three things.

How Do Obama and Romney Stand on Issues Affecting Manufacturing? Part 2: Trade and Energy Policies

Michele Nash-Hoff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Michele Nash-Hoff

I urge everyone to carefully compare their plans and what they have said and done before choosing for whom to vote. We have the freedom to express our opinion and vote that is still lacking in many other countries.

Why Obama Has Turned on China Trade Policy

Peter Navarro | Posted 11.20.2012 | Politics
Peter Navarro

If Obama is to win in the crucial swing state of Ohio -- and thereby likely win the election -- he would do well to try to close his very large "soft on China" gap not by attacking Romney for being soft on China -- Ohioans won't believe that.

So-Called Free Trade -- Bad Policy and Wrong Debate

Stan Sorscher | Posted 08.18.2012 | Business
Stan Sorscher

Free speech, free press and labor standards are notoriously weak in China. China has a rich history and amazing culture. However, they lack the institutions of civil society for democratic debate about serious policy issues. This harms workers and producers in America.

End the Unilateral Trade Sanctions on Collectors

Wayne Sayles | Posted 06.03.2012 | Home
Wayne Sayles

While government agencies in Washington increase surcharges and restrictions for U.S. consumers of cultural artifacts, their Chinese counterparts take advantage of the unilateral sanctions.

Our Muddled China Policy

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.18.2012 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

This is supposed to be a period of bitter bipartisan deadlock, in which Republicans and Democrats can agree on nothing. But when it comes to trade deals that serve corporate but not the national interest, bipartisanship is all too alive and well.

Harvest America or Invest in America

Stan Sorscher | Posted 04.23.2012 | Business
Stan Sorscher

We have strong historical and constitutional values about one-person one-vote and a government responsive to local communities. Right? Well, no. That's not right. Quite the opposite.

Obama Unveils New Proposal

AP | KEN THOMAS | Posted 04.18.2012 | Politics

EVERETT, Wash. — President Barack Obama on Friday called for more steps to help U.S. companies compete overseas, standing in front of an enormou...

How, Exactly, Does Trade Bring Prosperity?

Stan Sorscher | Posted 03.12.2012 | Business
Stan Sorscher

I work for a labor union in the aerospace industry. We are 100% in favor of trade. We make products the rest of the world wants to buy. With increas...

Obama Hosts Close Ally After Trade Agreement Passes

AP | MATTHEW PENNINGTON and ERICA WERNER | Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama praised a just-completed trade deal with South Korea on Thursday as he welcomed the country's president to t...

Trade Finance and the Financial Crisis

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 11.28.2011 | Impact
Otaviano Canuto

As the 2008-9 financial crisis spread from its epicenter in the United States to the rest of the world, policy makers found themselves in uncharted wa...

Jennifer Bendery

White House Threatens To Hold Up Trade Pacts

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 07.16.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is drawing a line in the sand with Republicans over pending trade deals, one of few areas with the potential for ...

Scaling the Mount Everest of Trade Barriers to Create Jobs

Robert Holleyman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Robert Holleyman

Reducing software piracy would send ripples of stimulus through the broader IT economy, thereby creating jobs, spawning new enterprises and driving growth.