Trump Tariffs
by | Feb 28, 2019

Protectionism begets protectionism. The latest example of this sad state of affairs comes to us via the U.S. International Trade Commission. It ruled in January that American producers of line pipe are being hurt by imports of large-diameter line pipe…

by | Feb 21, 2019

If you drive an imported car, as I do, your vehicle may soon be declared a national security risk by the Department of Commerce. If you drive an American-assembled car, your car may also pose a threat to U.S. national…

by | Jul 2, 2018

While President Trump has framed his tariffs as a method of protecting American businesses and jobs, General Motors on Friday became the latest company to warn that move could backfire. The company said those tariffs on cars and parts used…

by | May 25, 2018

Bad news: there’s another national security crisis. And no, it has nothing to do with cancelling the Iran deal or the Singapore summit. It’s cars. We don’t make enough cars. Or something like that. At least, that’s the rationale the…

by | May 23, 2018

Business leaders truly really can’t stand uncertainty. Again and again, they say that their top concern with running their business is uncertainty, be it economic or geopolitical. And it makes sense—businesses survive by planning for the future. The ones that…

by | May 21, 2018

President Donald Trump has spent his entire adult life railing against the excesses — and damage — that untrammeled “Free Trade” has done to the United States and the majority of Americans. In many ways, his surprise victory in the 2016 presidential…

by | May 15, 2018

President Trump’s decision to help Chinese telecom giant ZTE “get back into business” sent people on both sides of the aisle to their copies of “The Art of the Deal” to find the chapter on removing the trade death penalty…

by | Apr 6, 2018

In 1985, Ronald Reagan “jawboned” the Japanese into accepting “voluntary” restraints on exports of Japanese cars to the United States. At the same time, he drew a line in the sand between himself and U.S. congressmen calling for much stronger…

by | Apr 3, 2018

When commenting on Gary Cohn’s resignation as his chief economic advisor, President Trump said that Cohn was a great guy, but a “globalist.” So what is a “globalist”? Among Trump and many of his supporters, it seems to be disparaging…

by | Apr 3, 2018

America was founded in 1776 with a clear mission to create the world’s first truly free society. Freedom of religion, interstate trade, and unalienable rights provided citizens the ability to thrive and blossom. The great experiment produced unthinkable abundance and made…

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