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    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

    Time to Upgrade the African Growth and Opportunity Act

    Africa is increasingly viewed as “a hopeful continent” whose next 10 years can be even better economically than the last 10. In this evolving economic reality, the United States should seize the opportunity to reinforce its vision of economic freedom and prosperity in the region. In his first public speech … More

    A Conservative Agenda for Trade: Eliminate the Threat of Tariffs

    When it comes to trade, the ultimate objective for conservatives should be to eliminate tariffs—not just reduce some or all, but take them completely off the table and make it as difficult as possible to impose or threaten to impose tariffs (or quotas). Many Americans believe that tariffs are a … More

    Don’t Be Fooled - Trade Deficits Are Just Fine

    There is a major misconception in the United States concerning the balance of trade and jobs. Many equate trade deficits and increases in imports as bad for employment. They could not be more wrong. In fact, higher imports are a signal of prosperity and plentiful jobs. When a country’s economy … More

    Protectionist Japan? Check the Numbers

    A recent news report was headlined: “Lawmakers, business groups balk at trade deal with protectionist Japan.” A more accurate title would have been: “Protectionist U.S. lawmakers, special-interest groups balk at trade deal with Japan.” Over 40 Members of Congress recently wrote to President Obama to express concern about allowing Japan … More

    North Carolina: Prospering from Trade

    North Carolina’s congressional delegation has been among the most protectionist in the country. This is odd, considering that record levels of trade are creating well-paid jobs for many citizens of the state. North Carolina merchandise exports rose to nearly $29 billion in 2012, up 6 percent over the prior year … More

    Protectionist Jones Act Harms Puerto Ricans

    An obsolete U.S. law known as the Jones Act makes people in Puerto Rico poorer, according to a new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The Jones Act, also known as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, requires people transporting goods by ship between two points in … 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

    Bailout a la Russe: Government Establishes Tight Control Over Industries

    The Russian government is aggressively exploiting the current economic downturn to step up its grip over the economy and actually nationalize most of the lucrative industries. The past week saw new examples of this trend. President Dmitry Medvedev endorsed a new business bailout fund to provide direct financial assistance to … More