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  • President Obama’s Asia Trip and the Trans-Pacific Partnership

    As President Obama travels to Asia, one item sure to be on his agenda is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade agreement currently being negotiated between the United States and 11 other countries. Since the U.S. joined the negotiations in 2008, about the only thing the countries involved seem to … More

    President Obama Should Lift Ban on Energy Exports

    America’s Founders felt the freedom to export was so important that they included it in the U.S. Constitution: “No Tax or Duty shall be laid on Articles exported from any State.” President Obama should reaffirm that vision by removing restrictions on energy exports. Today, the U.S. government limits exports of … More

    Energy Exports: Free Trade for Me, but Not for Thee

    Some corporate interests are lining up to fight economic freedom in the United States by maintaining the government’s restrictions on energy exports. Their efforts are seen by some to be remarkably hypocritical—even by Washington, D.C.’s low standards. For example, oil refiner Valero fears that exporting U.S. crude oil could decrease … More

    Don’t Wait to Cut U.S.-EU Tariffs

    The United States and the European Union (EU) are currently negotiating a proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). A recent survey by the Atlantic Council and the Bertelsmann Foundation of over 300 “stakeholders” who have an interest in the TTIP talks suggests a possible strategy to jumpstart the agreement. … More

    Latest Jones Act Fiasco Costs New Jersey Taxpayers $700,000

    A federal law called the Jones Act recently prevented New Jersey officials from treating dangerous roads with salt. Faced with a shortage of salt, state officials asked the federal government to let them transport salt on a foreign vessel in time to prepare for an approaching winter storm. Federal bureaucrats … More

    U.S. Senators to Japan: Do as We Say, Not as We Do?

    A recently released letter from 18 U.S. Senators to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman asked Japan to open its agricultural market to foreign exports in ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade negotiations: In previous trade negotiations, the United States requested and received full and comprehensive liberalization in the agricultural sector from … More

    Why It’s the Government’s Fault There Isn’t Enough Salt to Make Roads Safe in New Jersey

    Winter storms recently dumped nearly a foot of snow in parts of New Jersey. As of February 13, New Jersey state police had responded to 157 accidents and 353 calls for help, and road crews struggled to maintain safe driving conditions while faced with a shortage of rock salt to … More

    Thank Free Trade for Your Valentine’s Day Flowers

    On May 14, 2012, a plane loaded with freshly cut flowers departed Bogota, Colombia, headed for Miami. By the time it landed in Florida, the U.S.–Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement had taken effect, eliminating tariffs on flowers and other Colombian imports. The U.S.–Colombia agreement shows how trade deals benefit consumers and … More

    Bob Dylan and Chrysler Illustrate Benefits of Globalization During Super Bowl

    In Chrysler’s Super Bowl ad for the Chrysler 200, Bob Dylan says: “Let Germany brew your beer. Let Switzerland make your watch. Let Asia assemble your phone. We will build your car.” The ad didn’t mention that Chrysler is a wholly owned subsidiary of Italy’s Fiat. The United States is … More

    What Tea Party Supporters Should Know About Free Trade

    According to a recent report from Politico Pro’s Eric Bradner: “Tea party groups launched an effort today to thwart President Barack Obama’s free trade efforts, which they’ve dubbed ‘Obamatrade.’” Tea Party supporters surely know that the historic Boston Tea Party was a protest against duties on imported tea. They are … More