While we continue to run large deficits in manufactured goods annually, there are lots of advanced economies with long records of positive net exports. If you think the difference is prices, you're thinking like an economist... and you're wrong.
While there is room to strengthen the agenda further -- by adding major regulatory reforms -- it provides the building blocks of what is needed for strengthening manufacturing competitiveness, economic growth and job creation.
Right now, three fundamental premises underpin America's overall global economic and trade policy. Each is deeply flawed, especially as it relates to our single most important trade relationship, which is that with China.
Continuity means an enduring commitment from the international community. The Afghan population must have confidence that they will not be abandoned and subjected once again to turmoil, civil war and economic disintegration.
Today, the U.S. government is using negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement to demand aggressive intellectual property provisions that undermine the Doha Declaration and the safeguarding of public health. These harmful provisions must be removed.
The US can make some important contributions by acknowledging that Cuba's reforms are real and by ensuring Cubans are getting the cash and credit they need to make use of the newfound freedom to start small businesses.
The decision by the government of Pakistan to grant Most Favoured Nation status to India is a significant step towards improving not only economic opportunity in the region, but bilateral relations between the two South Asian powers.
Corporate control of the food system locked in by NAFTA not only starves people in Mexico. It locks in a profoundly unhealthy food system for the entire region. No one expects the situation to get better by itself.
With 9 percent unemployment and Americans desperate for job creation, it is unconscionable that President Obama and House Republicans just shoved through a trio of NAFTA-style job-killing trade agreements.
Voting for the Colombia Free Trade Agreement is a vote for violent union-busting, for driving people from their land, and setting the American working man and woman up to compete on an uneven playing field that will cost jobs and livelihoods.
Maybe Herman Cain, the latest boomlet in the GOP presidential race, will be elected president. Or maybe his 15 minutes of fame have just arrived. Either way, it behooves us to see what he thinks about America's trade mess.