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    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

    Protectionism Promotion

    There are already so many good reasons Congress should deny the Big Three a bailout, but the cost it will inflict on America’s free trade leadership could be the most dire. The Wall Street Journal’s Matt Slaughter writes: Will a U.S.-government bailout go ignored by policy makers abroad? No. A … More

    Bell Ringers

    A Round up of Op-eds from the Heritage Foundation US: Why We are All Winners – Israel Ortega Many of us who are first-generation Americans retain immediate connections to nations truly savaged by civil unrest, ethnic and class conflict and political violence. We don’t have to think too hard to … 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

    An Economist's Memo to Obama

    Harvard economist Greg Mankiw’s letter to President-elect Barack Obama offers some great suggestions for the next four years: Congratulations, Senator Obama. You ran a good campaign, and you racked up an historic victory. As you get ready for your new responsibilities, let me suggest four ways for you to become … More

    The End of a Free Trade Era?

    If you support free markets, Mary Anastasia O’Grady’s Wall Street Journal op-ed makes for frightening reading: The U.S. hasn’t elected a genuinely protectionist president since Herbert Hoover, and for most of the last 80 years a rough bipartisan consensus has held that free trade is in the American national interest. … More

    Obama Undercuts America's Relationship With Colombia

    Free trade has been receiving a bad rap lately. Barack Obama’s campaign has come out in full force against free trade. In addition to clumsily saying he would unilaterally renegotiate NAFTA (much to the chagrin of Canada and Mexico), during the third presidential debate Obama voiced opposition to the Colombian … More

    Common Sense Prevails at DHS

    According to USA Today, the Department of Homeland Security “will not meet a 2012 deadline set by Congress to scan the contents of every cargo container headed to U.S. ports.” USA Today also reports: “Two wrongs don’t make a right,” says Frank Vargo of the National Association of Manufacturers. He … More

    Defending Our Allies

    Lost in last Wednesday’s presidential debate was a major slander made by Barack Obama against one of our best allies in the United States. Obama asserted: “The history in Colombia right now is that labor leaders have been targeted for assassination, on a fairly consistent basis, and there have not … More