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    State Occupational Licensing: A Burdensome Barrier

    The latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that barriers such as excessive state occupational licensing are thwarting opportunity for low-income workers. Occupational licensing can make sense for some industries that require highly technical or specialized skills, but not all jobs require such knowledge or skills. Yet in … More

    Seattle’s Rideshare Caps Will Squash Innovators Such as Uber

    Seattle has earned the dubious honor of being the first city to cap the number of drivers that rideshare services such as Uber may keep on the road. Uber and companies like it represent a new type of cab ride for a new generation of smartphone-equipped riders, using apps and … More

    Apple Wins Latest Round Against Samsung Thanks to the Obama Administration

    Apple achieved another protectionist victory Tuesday in its ongoing battle with South Korea’s Samsung when the Obama Administration decided not to veto an import ban on certain older model Samsung smartphones and tablets. This would not have been news except for a recent Administration decision to veto a similar ban … More

    Room for Improvement When It Comes to Services Trade

    The Obama Administration recently announced its intention to begin negotiations on an agreement to expand international trade in the services industry, such as the telecommunications, banking, and insurance sectors. According to a letter from U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk to Speaker of the House John Boehner (R–OH), the White House … More

    Morning Bell: See America's Ranking in the 2013 Index of Economic Freedom

    When we talk about “economic freedom,” what do we mean—and why does it matter? Economic freedom is the fundamental right of every human to control his or her own labor and property. In an economically free society, individuals are free to work, produce, consume, and invest in any way they … More

    Obesity in America: Blame Trade Protectionism on Sugar

    With a new study pointing the finger at high fructose corn syrup as a culprit in America’s explosive epidemic of obesity, it is important to remember just why we are consuming so much of this commodity as opposed to the more traditional, and apparently healthier, sucrose or common table sugar. … More

    Debate on Trade: It Isn't Just About How Many Cases You Bring to the WTO

    Trade policy with China was again front and center in last night’s presidential debate, with President Obama defending his Administration’s trade policies. In particular, the President highlighted the number of cases his Administration has prosecuted at the World Trade Organization (WTO) as his signature trade achievement: [We] set up a … More

    What Does the Obama Administration Have Against Cheap Vegetables?

    The Obama Administration’s Commerce Department recently took a preliminary position in favor of ending a 16-year-old trade agreement governing tomatoes imported from Mexico. The Florida Tomato Exchange asked the Administration to end the agreement because it doesn’t want to compete with low-priced tomatoes grown in Mexico. This announcement took Mexico … More

    Morning Bell: Shocking News! Trade with China Supports U.S. Jobs

    The presidential debate yesterday moved to trade with China, with the usual rhetorical suspects—including “outsourcing” and the “trade deficit”—taking center stage. President Obama announced that his Administration had filed a complaint against China with the World Trade Organization. But a groundbreaking new report from Heritage proves that importing goods from … More

    Protectionist "Obsession" Is Misplaced

    Former Governor Jennifer Granholm (D–MI) confessed Wednesday to an “obsession” with creating manufacturing jobs in the United States. That is a brave admission, given that the dictionary defines obsession as “a persistent disturbing preoccupation with an often unreasonable idea.” Following up on President Obama’s call in Charlotte for creation of … More