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    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    Robert Samuelson pens a must-read op-ed today on trade and poverty: What’s the world’s greatest moral challenge, as judged by its capacity to inflict human tragedy? It is not, I think, global warming, whose effects — if they become as grim as predicted — will occur over many years and … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    The future of America’s leadership on free trade is shaping up to be a major issue in the 2008 presidential campaign. Reuters produced a FACTBOX today on the positions of the two major candidates in the race. REPUBLICAN SEN. JOHN MCCAIN OF ARIZONA Supports free trade pacts with Colombia, South … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    May 19th was the four-year-anniversary of the first negotiating round of the U.S. Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement. Rep. Jerry Weller (R-IL) distributed a “Dear Colleague” letter this week highlighting how far Colombia has come since then including: Terrorist attacks are down 76% over the past 5 years Homicides are down … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    Ethanol is due its share of the blame of the global food crisis, but protectionism abroad is also a major factor. Before Speaker Nancy Pelosi further destroys American credibility on trade she should consider what lack of free trade means to countries like Nigeria: The cause of the food crisis … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    The protectionist promises from the remaining liberal presidential candidates continues to strain American leadership on free trade even before they take office. Today British foreign secretary David Miliband, who is in the US meeting with aides from both presidential campaigns this week, told the Financial Times: American internationalism has been … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently unveiled TradeRoots.org which “is the only sustained, national trade education program dedicated to raising grassroots support and public awareness about the importance of international trade to local communities.” Their “Facts” page includes: Exports have been growing two to three times faster than the economy … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    The farm bill is onerous enough just from a federal spending/government dependency perspective, but even worse it hurts United states efforts to promote free trade abroad. Reuters explains: The $285 billion farm bill unveiled by Congressional leaders last week after months of negotiations may set the United States up for … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    The nation’s largest newspapers have published more than 53 editorials imploring Congress to ignore big labor’s hold over them and instead pass the Colombia Free Trade Agreement. The Latin American Trade Coalition has collected these editorials, and related op-eds, here. Excerpts include: ”Offering the Colombians anything less than access to … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    The import of the recent verification of close ties between Venezuela President Hugo Chavez and the terrorist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) is quickly being accepted as yet another reason to support free trade with Colombia. The Orlando Sentinel editorializes: It’s easy enough to dismiss Hugo Chavez as one … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    While California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger may be out to lunch on global warming, he sure does understand the benefits of free trade. He writes in the Wall Street Journal today: Unfortunately, Congress has scuttled a vote on the first of the three FTAs, the Colombia agreement. Who gets hurt by … More