Trading with the new Republic of Misery

A thought experiment considers a hypothesis for the purpose of thinking through its consequences. So to better understand “free trade” as we currently practice it, let’s postulate evacuating one of our states and populating it with millions of imported workers. With apologies to the Show Me state, let’s go to the heartland and pick Missouri…

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Trump’s Challenge on Trade

To win the presidency, Donald Trump must overcome skepticism among many voters about his positions on free trade, immigration and many other issues. On trade, that is hardly an insurmountable task. [Peter Morici| July 13, 2016 | Town Hall]  Lowering tariffs and other barriers to international commerce better permits businesses and workers to specialize at…

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U.S. trade policy has become horror show

If the host of vampires attempting to suck the lifeblood out of American manufacturing and industry is any indication, U.S. trading policy has become a real live horror show. [Paul Nehlen| July 13, 2016 |JS Online]  The nightmare has been deepening for decades with every massive, multinational, crony trade deal we’ve embraced. Now, the looming…

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Public anger about corporate power dominant factor in views on trade & TPP

New polling for Public Citizen provides powerful new insights about the public’s views on the trade issue generally, the Trans-Pacific Partnership specifically, and one of TPP’s central components – Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS). This unique survey of likely voters identifies key targets in the trade debate among Democrats, independents and Republicans and demonstrates how…

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Goods and Services Trade Balance Worsened in May

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJuly 13, 2016 Contact: Paola Masman, Media Director 202-688-5145 ext 2, [email protected] Government report: Goods and services trade balance worsens by 10 percent in May despite trade agreements Washington~ The Commerce Department announced that the US trade gap increased yet again 10.1% to  $41.1 billion in May. China alone makes up over half of the May deficit…

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