Free Trade

The Surreal Logic of Trump’s Trade Deal

– January 17, 2020

President Donald Trump’s tariffs-first trade policy against China has unequivocally harmed the majority of people and businesses in both countries since its inception just under two years ago.  There’s the estimated $46 billion in new taxes direct …

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Free Trade

Forget Exemptions: Grant Everyone Freedom from Tariffs

– January 10, 2020

Instead of granting firms exemptions from the tariffs on a case-by-case basis, let’s grant everyone an exemption and get rid of the tariffs altogether.

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Free Trade

Conservatives Need To Lay Off the Protectionist Nonsense

– January 8, 2020

Robinson wraps himself in Reagan’s greatness, while basically calling for the state to do something very un-Reagan like in the form of dictating to Wall Street and U.S. companies how they should operate, and how they should extricate themselves from a rapidly liberalizing nation.

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Free Trade

Tariff Protection and Big Steel’s Struggle

– December 25, 2019

U.S. Steel’s recently announced plant closings and major employment cutbacks highlight how trade wars can end up hurting the very industries and firms they are supposed to help. They also highlight how the rest of society can struggle with the resultin …

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Free Trade

The Case Against Oren Cass

– December 21, 2019

Conservative scholar Oren Cass wants to “redefine the economic orthodoxy that guides the nation’s politics and public policy.” He’s convinced that economists wrongly discount the importance of work while naively giving pride of place to consumption. Co …

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Free Markets, Free Trade

Biodiversity and Prosperity Go Together

– December 16, 2019

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is clear: there is a loss of biodiversity globally. The losses are expected to increase as a result of climate change. As a result, there are some researchers who advance the idea that we may be in t …

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Free Enterprise, Free Trade

The FCC’s Treatment of Huawei Is a Tremendous Embarrassment

– December 12, 2019

It’s said about Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson that he’s a particularly challenging opponent. With Jackson there’s no preparing for the run or pass; rather there’s preparing for the run, pass, along with the horrifying possibility that Jack …

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Free Trade

Trade Policy Should Not Be Contingent on the Behavior of Foreign Governments

– December 9, 2019

In the making of trade policy, foreign governments should not be held to ethical standards higher than are the standards to which we hold our own government.

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Free Trade

The US-Mexico-Canada Trade Deal Is Not as Good as Nafta

– December 9, 2019

If the Republicans truly do care about the health of the economy and about the legacy of the tax cuts, they better stop mouthing the administration’s narrative on trade, and fight to stop the damage.

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Free Trade

Suffixing Industrial Policy with “2.0” Doesn’t Make It Credible

– November 18, 2019

When and to the extent that trade and markets are free, Americans benefit from innovation no matter where it occurs.

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