Don’t Let China Bully Taiwan
Last week, Taiwan’s de facto New York consulate, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, hosted a discussion on the Trans-Pacific Partnership — the TPP free-trade deal. Needless to say, Taiwan wants to be included in the TPP. The U….
Free Trade Isn’t Free with the Ex-Im Bank Attached
Much of the last-minute debate over giving President Obama fast-track trade authority focused on the possibility that lawmakers would extend the charter of the Export-Import Bank of the United States in return for votes to pass fast-track legislation.
Why Organized Labor Hates Trade
Organized labor pulled out all the stops in the recent trade battles on Capitol Hill. The AFL-CIO organized its membership to lobby against Trade Promotion Authority and even Trade Adjustment Assistance. It froze campaign contributions to incumbents. It even promised …
A Vote for Trade Promotion Authority Is Not a Vote for Obama
Before presidential politics — the game of getting to 270 electoral votes — completely eclipses governing, there is the urgent task of getting to 217 votes in the House of Representatives to pass Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). This would guarantee a vote …
Zero Inflation Is Holding the Economy Together
Don’t expect any miracles from the economy. But don’t expect a collapse either.
In political terms, it’s kind of a Mexican standoff. Team Obama says they saved us from another Great Depression. And they point out that 3.1 …
Krauthammer’s Take: Hillary’s Free Trade Meltdown May Pull Warren into Race
Hillary Clinton was for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but now she’s not so sure. And, says Charles Krauthammer, her waffling may be enough to draw Elizabeth Warren into the race.
“When you have a 50-point lead and you can’t take …
Caveman Says: ‘Yes, I Did Build This!’
‘Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive,” the little man insisted, in a pout. “Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business: You didn’t build that. …
What Donald Trump Doesn’t Know about U.S. Trade
A great deal of Donald Trump’s silly and illiterate trade talk presupposes the gutting or repeal of NAFTA, the trade accord between the United States, Canada, and Mexico that went into effect in 1994, with his dreams of punitive sanctions …
Why Should Washington Control Our Buying and Selling?
President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans probably are not going to get the trade-liberalization accord they desire. A broad coalition — Left, Right, and the always mush-brained center — opposes not only the trade measures currently in question but free …
The Trade Bill’s Failure in Congress Showcases Obama’s Ineptness as a Legislative Strategist
Lyndon Johnson used to say that some of his colleagues were so politically inept they couldn’t find their posteriors — actually, he used a coarser word — with both hands. Last week Barack Obama showed that, as a legislative …
Krauthammer’s Take: After POTUS’s Obamacare Lies, ‘Trust Me’ Is Not a Sufficient Argument for TPP
President Obama says you can trust him when it comes to the Trans-Pacific Partnership. But “trust is not an argument,” says Charles Krauthammer.
“It would help if when the president says [Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren] is dead wrong, he would …
Why Congress Must Give Obama Fast-Track Authority on the TPP
Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe is visiting America. And the prospective Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free-trade agreement is at the top of his agenda. But Abe has a problem.
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Return of the Yellow Peril
Congressional Democrats have been working overtime to find a reason to kill the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and, having failed to do so, are scheduling another matinee showing of The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu.
Who needs economics when you …
George Will: ‘The Idea That We Can’t Assimilate These Eight-year-old Criminals with Their Teddy Bears Is Preposterous’
Columnist George Will Sunday downplayed concerns about chaos at the border over the surge in underage illegal immigrants without adult guardians.
“We ought to say to these children, ‘Welcome to America. You’re going to go to school, get a job, …