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    Why Don't We Have Free Trade with Every Country?

    With a July 31 expiration date fast approaching, both the House and Senate last week introduced legislation that would extend free trade preferences to developing countries under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP). Introduced with broad bipartisan support, the extension was lauded by both sides of the aisle for supporting … More

    “Everyday High Prices” Should Not Be Trade Agency’s Slogan

    Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade negotiations are taking place this week in Malaysia. Here’s a modest suggestion to help new U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman bring the TPP to a successful conclusion: eliminate the position of Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Textiles, a job that places the welfare of one special … 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

    Pacific Alliance: Decreasing Trade Barriers and Increasing Economic Growth

    The presidents of the “Pacific Alliance” (Chile, Colombia, México, and Perú) met last week in Cali, Colombia, to sign an agreement removing tariffs on 90 percent of their merchandise trade. This is good news. Congress and the Obama Administration should pay more attention to this trade bloc—one that is considerably … More

    President Obama, Bangladesh Has Faced Enough Tragedy, Don’t Take Away Jobs, Too

    Since late last year, workers in Bangladesh have been beset by tragedy after tragedy. First there was a factory fire that killed over 100 garment workers in November. Then last month a garment complex collapsed, killing over 1,000 people. Now, as if to add insult to injury, the Obama Administration … More

    Unsweetening Cronyism

    The law of supply and demand cannot be revoked. But it is being amended slightly, and we’re all paying the price. In this case, for sugar. Last year produced a bumper crop of sugar beets, which are refined (as their name would suggest) into sugar. Meanwhile, Americans have been using … 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

    The Best Plan for Farmers and Ranchers: Free Trade

    Congress is currently fighting over the future of U.S. farm programs. In 2011, taxpayers subsidized farmers to the tune of $10.4 billion in government payments. Imagine if the government had a way to increase payments to farmers while reducing taxpayer subsidies to zero. Such a policy exists. It’s called free … More

    Free Trade: Bringing Ireland to Your St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

    Today, millions of people around the world will put on some green, watch a hurling or rugby match, enjoy a Guinness stout, and praise St. Patrick, the patron saint of the Emerald Isle. A beam in Guinness’s Dublin brewery reads “Everyone’s Irish on March 17th.” And, thanks to free trade, … More

    Shoe Shopping? Legislation Could Make Shoes Cheaper and Create Jobs

    If Congress wants to create more jobs this holiday shopping season, it can start by eliminating many Depression-era tariffs on shoes. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 186,110 Americans work for shoe stores, an industry that generates $4.6 billion in annual wages. Many people who work for large department … More