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    Fences and Neighbors

    When the grass really is greener on the other side, it’s natural for people to want to cross the border. This is the crux of the illegal immigration debate raging in the United States. Mexican nationals desiring greater prosperity go to tremendous lengths to cross the border into a country … More

    Winning the War on Poverty: Reevaluating the UN Millennium Development Goals

    The United States spent $28.7 billion dollars in 2009 on official development assistance, more than any other country in the world. There is no denying that many people in poor nations live in desperate conditions and Americans rightly want to help them improve their lives. In an effort to measure … More

    Guest Blogger: Why Civil Society’s Role in Trade Is Vital

    In 2000, the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) was signed into law to boost America’s economic relationships with African nations. Since its inception, the level of trade between the United States and African countries has grown significantly, but most of that increase has been in the extractive industries. Broadening … More

    Celebrate Manufacturing Workers, Too!

    If Congressman Peter Defazio (D–OR), sponsor of the End the Trade Deficit Act, had grown up in Kansas instead of Massachusetts, he might have learned a valuable lesson from an association called the Kansas Agri-Women. In 1978, this group started placing billboards across the state proclaiming, “One Kansas farmer feeds … More

    Send Trade Critics Back to School

    Critics of free trade have used funny math to mislead Americans for decades. It may be time to send these critics back to grade school, so they can learn how to add and subtract. Consider the following interpretation of this May’s international trade statistics: “Oil and consumer goods from China … More

    U.S. Trade Deficit Improves

    On July 13, the government released international trade statistics for the first five months of the year showing a growing trade deficit—and almost no one got the story right. Here are some examples: “Trade Deficit Gets even Worse,” announced the July 13, 2010 Yahoo! Finance headline. “Trade Deficit’s Increase Seen … More

    The Cost of a Seat at the Table

    President Barack Obama recently announced the appointment of 20 private-sector members to the President’s Export Council. Although the President promised to provide Americans an “unprecedented level of openness in Government,” the White House announcement did not mention the numerous financial connections between President Obama and his appointees. To correct that … More

    Time to Go Global with Greater Economic Freedom

    The latest study by the McKinsey Global Institute reveals some astonishing facts concerning contributions of U.S. global companies to the American economy.  According to the report: With their share less than ONE percent of the total number of U.S. companies, U.S. international companies employ almost 20 percent of the U.S. … More

    The Seoul Stumbling Blocks on Trade

    After more than a year of stalling, President Obama seems finally to have recognized the political imperative of pushing ahead with the South Korean free-trade deal; America’s biggest trade pact since NAFTA. “It is the right thing to do for our country. It is the right thing to do for … More

    Guest Blogger Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA): Obama Must Conduct the KORUS

    Responding to North Korea’s torpedoing of a South Korean warship in March, I blogged a series of recommendations – one being that we should ratify the long shelved Korea-US Free Trade Agreement (KORUS). It has many economic benefits, and would demonstrate “no retreat by the U.S. from Northeast Asia,” I … More