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    The First Shot of an Obama Trade War?

    Last week, with the signing of his pen on the Omnibus Spending Bill, President Barack Obama ended a pilot program designed to allow Mexican trucking companies to ship goods deep inside the United States.  While controversial with some quarters of the American public, the program was necessary to ensure U.S. … More

    Tough Stance on Trade: Good for Politics, Bad for America

    Catering to a Congress that is largely hostile to international trade, USTR nominee Ron Kirk used his confirmation hearing testimony to assure the Senate Finance Committee that the administration plans to take a tougher stance on trade this year. Instead of focusing the trade agenda on looking for new opportunities … More

    Securing Trade and Stopping Terror at the Northern Border

    Heritage analysts Jena Baker McNeill and Diem Nguyen report: On January 15, the United States Northern Command Joint Task Force-North accidentally released to the public a briefing that expressed concerns over terrorists entering the U.S. from Canada. While the report was taken offline and out of public view shortly thereafter, … More

    "The Largest Protectionist Racket in the World"

    Dangerous currents advocating protectionism are alive and well on both sides of the Atlantic. A “Buy American” clause in the latest U.S. stimulus package may have been eased to avoid violation of bilateral trade agreements, but its protectionist intentions remain. But the European Union is in no position to lecture … More

    WTO Director: Protectionists are "Shooting their own Foot"

    As the world continues to deal with the global economic downturn, Pascal Lamy, the Director-General of the World Trade Organization, publicly urged all nations to overcome protectionist instincts as they work to return growth to their national economies. Lamy made his remarks while speaking to the Lowy Institute for International … More

    Trade Protectionism: The Chinese Pot and the US Kettle

    Chinese trade minister Chen Deming’s op-ed in the Wall Street Journal today chides the rest of the world on turning toward protectionism. This is remarkable on two counts: (i) that the PRC should lecture any country on protectionism and (ii) that the US has opened itself to being lectured by … More

    Don't Let Terror Stop Trade on U.S.-Canada Border

    Meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper yesterday, President Barack Obama emphasized their commitment to mutual security. Prime Minister Harper went so far as to recognize that “threats to the United States are threats to Canada.” While both men are right to recognize the need for a strong security alliance … More

    Morning Bell: The 'Buy America' Threat to Our Economic Recovery

    As destructive as we believe the economic stimulus bill that President Barack Obama signed Tuesday is, the Obama Administration could undo a significant portion of the legislation’s damage today, and this weekend. President Obama will travel to Ottawa today to meet with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Also today, Secretary of … More

    Can Non-Americans Buy Our Cars Too?

    We know that the Obama Adminstration has a shaky commitment to free trade at best, but this statement by White House press secretary Robert Gibbs is troubling: “We have to ensure that the cars of tomorrow are built here by Americans, for Americans,” White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told … More

    It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like the 1970s

    In Britain, London’s buried under eight inches of snow, the trains don’t work, the economy’s collapsing, and a Labour government’s put the nation deeper in debt that it has been in thirty years. The Adam Smith Institute, preferring to laugh instead of cry, jokes that it looks like the 1970s … More