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    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    No fan of President Bush or conservatives, Democratic Leadership Council founder Al From defends free trade from his newly solidly protectionist party in the Wall Street Journal today: History proves that expanding trade and productivity help create growth. We learned that the hard way when the Smoot-Hawley tariff helped crush … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    Like the new Democratic party under Barack Obama, Venezuela’s socialist government believes that free trade is the cause of, not the solution to poverty. Venezuelan embassy spokesman Gladys Urbaneja Duran, told the UN food summit in Rome that the current food crisis “is the biggest demonstration of the historical failure … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    As bad as many conservatives thought the Clintons were, at least they helped forge a bipartisan consensus on free trade. They helped pass NAFTA and demonstrated leadership in helping to create the World Trade Organization. But now that Bill and Hillary Clinton have been pushed aside, Sen. Barack Obama’s Democratic … More

    Crossing Future Borders

    TUCSON, Ariz–Finishing my visit to the border back at Nogales, Ariz., the busiest port of entry in the state, it is easy to see the biggest future enemy to border security—growth. The biggest problem in Nogales is that the cities on both side and cross-border trade exploded at the same … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    In many ways the Bush Administration has fought hard for free trade … but they are far from perfect. As the Wall Street Journal reports, the White House finally lost its four-year effort to defend cotton subsidies from a complaint by Brazil in the World Trade Organization. If the US … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    The rapid rise in the price of food staples like corn, wheat, soybeans, and rice has strained the ability of people in developing countries to feed their families. Hunger related unrest has broken out in Cameroon, Egypt, Haiti, and Somalia. Today, world leaders are meeting in Rome for a Summit … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    Last week eight leading economists, including five Nobel Laureates, met in Copenhagen to prioritize 30 different proposed solutions to ten of the world’s biggest problems, including man-made global warming. Supplying nutrients like vitamin A, Iron, and Zinc to 140 million children was chosen as the highest priority. Number two was … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    The Department of Agriculture announced today that fiscal 2008 will be a record year for agricultural exports. USDA reports: Trade agreements have a significant impact on our ability to sell America’s agricultural products in world markets. … Canada and Mexico, our two North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners, currently … More

    Border Blogging

    TUCSON, AZ: Folks in Washington think that they not only have all the answers, they think they don’t have to leave town to get them. They’re wrong. “Washington does not have all the answers.” There is no issue that that truism is truer for than understanding the challenge of securing … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    Over at Reason Online, Bjorn Lomborg is inviting readers to rank which policy options they believe would people around the world the most. One of the 10 policy areas Lomborg covers is free trade, where one policy option he considers is completion of the Doha Development Round of trade talks: … More