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    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

    Trade, Not Aid, Could Protect 100,000 Children in Africa

    President Obama’s proposed 2015 budget continues to put aside money for malaria prevention worldwide in the battle to help the 3 billion people at risk from the disease. Much of this money goes to sub-Saharan Africa, which accounts for 90 percent of all fatalities from Malaria. However, with responsible economic … More

    Tunisia: Time to Forge Economic Freedom Partnership

    Prime Minister of Tunisia Mehdi Jomaa is currently visiting the United States on a trip designed to demonstrate “the strong bonds of friendship between the American and Tunisian people.” He will meet with President Obama on April 4. The success of Tunisia, birthplace of the Arab Spring, in moving toward … More

    In Peru, Trade—Not Aid—Works Best

    Peru Bosques, a $38 million project included in the Peru Trade Promotion Authority that was meant to help the Peruvian government write a new forestry law, has not fared well, according to a 2012 audit by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) inspector general. At the time of the … More

    U.S. Can Influence Russia by Promoting Regional Free Trade

    The Obama Administration is currently considering political and economic options to counter Russia. One option should be obvious: free trade and economic freedom. By advancing U.S. trade interests in Russia’s sphere of influence the U.S. can promote economic freedom and mutually beneficial exchange while at the same time putting pressure … 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

    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

    More Trade, Please

    Some vocal critics of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), which authorizes the President to negotiate trade agreements with other countries, argue that free trade harms U.S. workers. Economic experts disagree. In 2006, 87.5 percent of respondents to a survey of 210 PhD members of the American Economic Association agreed that the … More

    Tea Party Supporters Should Continue to Back Free Trade

    Recent media reports have questioned whether “Tea Party” members support free trade. Historically, the record is clear: Tea partiers were America’s original free traders. In 1773, American colonists dumped 340 chests of tea into the Boston Harbor rather than pay tariffs on imported tea. Less than three years later, signers … More

    Promoting Economic Freedom in Asia: Time for Secretary Lew to Step Up

    U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is touring Asia this week. He will visit Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, and Vietnam and end with a much-anticipated visit to China. What should he be promoting while meeting with high-level officials in the region? Well, economic freedom, of course. Asia is home to some of … More