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Moderate Democrats do not fit neatly on a political spectrum
September 30, 2018

Voting for Moderate Democrats is the Road to Defeat

With just months to go until the November elections, journalists and experts are explaining why voters in Democratic primaries need to put their ideological preferences aside and support moderate Democrats. As they have proclaimed for the last 40 years, the...

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Subsidized Steel from China is behind the Trade War. Trump's tariffs are against our main trading partners not just the Chinese who are putting U.S. steel companies out of business.
June 12, 2018

Why a Trade War over Steel and Aluminum?

Imagine listening on the radio to a football game between the Trump team and the Foreign team.  Imagine that the announcers don't name the players or describe the action, they just relate what happens one play at a time –...

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Ignoring Free Trade principles by stopping imports
May 15, 2018

Ignoring Free Trade Principles to Reduce Imports from the U.S.

In previous essays I discussed how our $500 billion plus trade deficit means the U.S. has three million fewer high paying manufacturing jobs each year. I also pointed out that both Democrats and Republicans have supported Free Trade policies since...

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