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    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

    Morning Bell: A Trade Free Zone

    Barack Obama has frequently called the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) “a bad deal.” During one Democratic primary debate, Obama even said he would unilaterally “use the hammer of a potential opt-out” to “renegotiate” the entire treaty. But after he secured the nomination, Obama changed his tune, admitting that … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    Responding to Barack Obama’s promise to unilaterally renegotiate NAFTA, President George H.W. Bush’s Council of Economic Advisers chairman Michael Boskin writes in the Wall Street Journal: [S]ince Nafta was passed (relative to the comparable period before passage), U.S. manufacturing output grew more rapidly and reached an all-time high last year; … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    No wonder Europe loves Barack Obama: while Obama is promising unilateral withdrawal from NAFTA unless Mexico agrees to new terms to protect U.S. union jobs, the European Union is working to reduce trade barriers with Mexico. The AP reports: The European Union’s executive commission on Tuesday proposed to upgrade ties … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    When the Miami Herald‘s Andres Oppenheimer interviewed Mexican President Felipe Calderon last week, he was surprised to hear Calderon defend NAFTA by stressing how abandoning the treaty would hurt the U.S.: Contrary to Obama’s claim that NAFTA has hurt American workers by moving U.S. jobs to Mexico, Calderón said that … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    Great new video from reason.tv out today defending NAFTA by making the argument that the threat to American jobs from trade is no different than the threat from better technology. Host Drew Carey quips:”How are we supposed to compete against something that doesn’t get paid, doesn’t get health insurance, and … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    Starting today President Bush is hosting the North American Leaders’ Summit summit in New Orleans with Mexican President Felipe Calderon and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Meanwhile the two remaining Democratic presidential candidates are campaigning in Pennsylvania, a state where both have made promises they would renegotiate NAFTA to better … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    Today’s Free Trade Fact of the Day comes from Heritage’s own Ambassador Terry Miller who takes a close look at each of the candidates’ views on trade. Before examining some of the candidates’ evolving positions on NAFTA, Amb. Miller lays out some facts comparing the first 13 years under NAFTA … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    Today’s Free Trade Fact of the Day comes from a Business Week look at how NAFTA has affected the U.S. economy: But the story of GE and Mexico is about more than lost U.S. jobs. Since 2006, GE has struck deals to sell Mexican companies $350 million worth of turbines … More