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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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Losing this job is the downside of Free Trade
April 29, 2018

Americans know the Downside of Free Trade

Alan S. Blinder, a liberal economics professor at Princeton, wrote a major editorial about Free Trade for the Boston Globe on April 20, 2018. Titled "Why Economists like Free Trade but Politicians Don't," the article started from the odd assumption...

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U.S. has huge Trade Deficit in Cars
April 2, 2018

Managed Trade beats Free Trade and Destroys U.S. Jobs

The easiest way for an impoverished country to grow rapidly is to adopt a policy known as "Managed Trade." This policy is almost the opposite of the "Free Trade" policy the U.S. has followed since World War II. By using...

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