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    Chavez to Putin: "I Want to Be Your Friend"

    Almost a year ago, Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez told President Obama, “I want to be your friend.”  Today the much-photographed handshake at the Summit of the Americas in Trinidad has become a cold shoulder.   Sadly like much of the Obama Administration’s foreign policy, relations with arch-anti-American Hugo Chavez have fallen … More

    Colombia: The Democratic System Worked

    No greater dilemma faced the Colombian political system in recent months than the issue of presidential re-election.  Should a constitutional referendum be held to allow a popular, extremely effective leader to run, and likely win, a third term as president? For many Colombians, President Alvaro Uribe had become the indispensable … More

    No More Talking Points - It's Time for Economic Freedom

    Last week, Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke delivered a speech at the National Press Club titled “Back to Basics: A Blueprint for Exports-Driven Job Growth,” and remarked that “[President Obama’s National Export Initiative] will correct an economic blind spot that has allowed other countries to chip away at America’s international … More

    Guest Blogger: Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA) on U.S. - Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement

    This past Sunday marked an important anniversary for the American economy. On November 22, 2006, the United States and Colombia signed the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement. This agreement would immediately eliminate tariffs on U.S. exports to this important trading partner – creating billions in revenue for U.S. businesses and new … More

    What do Hugo Chavez and Congress Have in Common?

    Answer: they both want to punish Colombia. Venezuela’s authoritarian, anti-American President Chavez claims Colombia threatens his national security, runs around too much with the “Empire,” [the U.S.], and will one day provoke a war with Venezuela. For these reasons, he aims to punish Colombia by cutting off trade and undermining … More

    Hope for Free Trade

    Throughout last year’s campaign, President Barack Obama expressed skepticism about the value of free trade, sending signals that America’s commitment to free markets would die with his administration. These fears were only worsened when the Obama administration passed an Omnibus spending bill that has already caused a job killing trade … More

    U.S. Falls Further Behind on Free Trade

    Last week while we were all getting ready to feast on turkey, Colombia inked another free trade deal with a country that is not us. Following up on trade liberalization pacts with Canada and China, Colombian trade minister, Luis Guillermo Plata signed a deal with the four members of the … More

    Americans Already Suffering from the Left's Protectionism

    Throughout the presidential campaign Barak Obama apologists like Fareed Zakaria hoped that Obama was just lying to the American people about his protectionist stances on trade, and that if elected Obama would prove to be every bit the free trader that Presidents Bill Clinton and George Bush have been. We … More

    Schwab: Colombia Trade Deal Is the Best Stimulus Package

    The Club For Growth interviewed U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab for its new podcast. Among the topics discussed were the Columbia Free Trade Agreement, trade relations with China, the G20 meetings that took place over the weekend, and President Bush’s free trade legacy. Schwab had this to say about the Colombia … More

    Defying All Reality

    President-elect Barack Obama made it pretty clear during his campaign that he did not support free trade, but The Washington Post endorsed him anyway. Still, The Post does hold out hope that Obama will change his mind and support the Colombia Free Trade Agreement. WaPo editorializes today: Democrats in Congress, … More