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Trump and China Engage in War of Words

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President-elect Donald Trump unleashed a Twitter storm at China on Sunday night and the Chinese used their State-run propaganda outlet to fire back. “Did China ask us if it was OK to devalue their currency (making it hard for our companies to compete), heavily tax our products going into their country (the U.S. doesn’t tax them) or to build a massive ...

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Clinton pushes dishonest message of economic nativism in attacks on Trump

In a testament to the facile trivialities to which nuanced and weighty policy issues have been reduced, Hillary Clinton’s campaign recently advanced a line of attack against Donald Trump’s economic policy which claimed the fact that various items from Trump’s clothing line are manufactured overseas proves the hypocrisy of his promise to “Make America Great Again.” The series of ads, ...

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The Evils of Political Tolerance Towards Rogue Regimes

The tolerance of an authoritative hand begets chaos, chaos in which dishonesty and maliciousness reign. Yet, it is precisely this hand of appeasement America has extended to the regimes whose antics resemble those of the lashing out of a petulant child. Dissidents in Syria, Ukraine and Cuba have called out to the United States for help. But the Obama administration ...

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What is the Trans-Pacific Partnership?

While the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has been in the works for a decade, only recently has it become front-page news. What is it about the TPP that so many find objectionable? What is the TPP trying to accomplish? The TPP has been negotiated in near-secrecy for a decade so its exact aims are difficult to discern. Some key objectives have ...

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The lies of free trade proponents

In his SOTU speech, Barack Obama announced that his Administration is (unconstitutionally and thus illegally) negotiating trade agreements with the EU and countries of the Pacific Rim. Free trade proponents – including Iain Murray of the pseudoconservative American Spectator – applauded him, as they are ideologically aligned with him. In defense of their (and his) free trade agenda, they have ...

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The New China Syndrome

When hearing a number of conservative (some real, some alleged) figures speak about China, the tone and rhetoric are usually a mix of concern, anger and fear. Donald Trump, one of the alleged conservatives, has spoken at length on the issue, which is probably a chief reason why he gained some traction while contemplating a run for president. Trump has ...

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America Goes Protectionist, Echos 1930’s Era Actions

Still thickly in the middle of the biggest economic catastrophe since the great depression, American policy makers are making anti-free trade decisions that are eerily similar to the protectionist moves made during the depression. The A.R.R.A. (stimulus bill), has provisions in it that only allow the money to be spent on “manufactured goods” that are made in America.  While a ...

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