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 | Mar 9, 2018

As president of the most powerful country in the world — and a man with the utmost confidence in his own judgment — would Donald Trump dare to tell the Sun, that fiery ball at the center of our solar…

by | Mar 7, 2018

Washington President Donald Trump has had a splendid first year in office. He has the economy moving again and at a healthy pace, some 2.6 percent in the most recent quarter. Unemployment is down, the stock market is up and…

by | Mar 7, 2018

Washington President Donald Trump has had a splendid first year in office. He has the economy moving again and at a healthy pace, some 2.6 percent in the most recent quarter. Unemployment is down, the stock market is up and…

by | Dec 18, 2017

More than 40 years ago, Japan flooded the U.S. market with inexpensive small cars — their manufacture directly subsidized by the government of Japan, their manufacturers working in close concert with the government of Japan. Meanwhile, American cars were effectively…

by | Nov 27, 2017

21 November 2017 Mr. Harrison Cline Mr. Cline: Thanks for your e-mail. You support Pres. Trump’s protectionist policies because of your “lifelong allegiance to free markets and limited Government.” Your confidence in free markets leads you to conclude that the U.S. government…

by | Nov 27, 2017

21 November 2017 Mr. Kevin Kearns U.S. Business & Industry Council Mr. Kearns: Your recently updated essay, “Trump Must Confront Massive Institutional Free-Trade Bias in Order to Balance Trade, Create Jobs” (Huffington Post, Nov. 12) is a very poor performance….

by | Oct 12, 2017

A recent op-ed in the Federalist written by Greg Jose raises significant questions about whose interests representatives of the domestic shipping industry are primarily concerned. When Jose argues that the Jones Act should be kept around, is it because he…

by | Aug 29, 2017

President Trump’s Commerce Department is considering whether to impose restrictions on foreign imports of steel. Such a weighty decision will affect the economic conditions of millions of Americans, so one would hope that the administration is relying on input from…

by | Aug 28, 2017

Thomas Jefferson was an economic idiot. An import embargo he imposed as president cost the country something like 5 percent of gross domestic product, according to modern studies. But we remember his noble ideas, not his skills with a checkbook….

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