Free Trade Articles


Will Trump Turn on Raisin Bran?

Despite his claims to the contrary, a free-trader he is not.
3:33 PM, Sep 15, 2015

For anyone who has followed Donald Trump on the stump, undoubtedly they've heard The Donald spin a tale of what he would do as president if, say, Ford plans to build a new plant outside of the United States.

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Republicans to the Rescue

A rare partnership on free trade.
Jul 06, 2015

"It was like an out-of-body experience,” Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell says. He was talking about his congratulatory phone call from President Obama after Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) passed the Senate last week.

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The Currency of Commerce

Free trade needs sound money.
Jun 15, 2015

Now that the Senate has approved legislation that would give President Barack Obama authority to complete a trade partnership agreement with Japan and 10 other Pacific nations later this year, the bill moves to the House for further debate. Its ultimate fate is in question, however—not only because it pits fervent free trade advocates against leery protectionists, but because it ignores the impact of currency movements on the prices of imports and exports.

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Podcast: On Trade, Warren Wins & Obama Loses

Hosted by Michael Graham.
4:05 PM, May 12, 2015

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with senior writer John McCormack on Elizabeth Warren's legislative defeat of the Trade Promotion Authority bill in the Senate earlier today.

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Some Compelling Evidence that 'Green Energy' is All About Crony Capitalism

12:48 PM, Dec 18, 2014

Buried in the avalanche of Cuba and North Korea news was this revealing tidbit about the Obama administration's environmental priorities

The Obama administration will set duties on solar products from China and Taiwan that combined could exceed more than 200 percent, adding fuel to a renewable-energy clash between the U.S. and China.  

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Another Fight Obama Shirks

In China and elsewhere, it’s open season on U.S. corporations.
Oct 06, 2014

When it comes to military actions, President Obama likes to declare the end of wars, regardless of whether America’s opponents agree that is the case. When it comes to economic wars, he has no need to declare an end, no need for unilateral disarmament, because he never engages in the first place. Indeed, he does all he can to make our adversaries’ task easier by spiking any guns we might have before they can be fired by Congress, his trade union friends, or other aggrieved parties.

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Food Fight

On catfish, farmed and wild.
Aug 11, 2014

There isn’t much left in life that is unregulated and without some degree of government supervision or protection. You get used to it, I suppose. And, anyway, you don’t have much choice. But you do need to pay attention because nothing is off limits.

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Bankers Win, Workers Lose

12:00 AM, Dec 14, 2013

Free traders are ecstatic. Negotiators at the 9th World Trade Organization ministerial conference in Bali cheered, hugged, and wept at what they see as the successful culmination of their recent round of talks. “A giant step for businesses large and small,” enthused the CEO of UPS.

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What We Have Here Is Failure ... to Miscommunicate

8:01 AM, Jul 23, 2012

Peggy Noonan examines the mini-furor over the manufacturing of the U.S. Olympic team's uniforms in ... China.  It was, she believes, a missed opportunity to create a sensational political ad:

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Will America Embrace Protectionism?

12:00 AM, Feb 04, 2012

Some fear America is about to go protectionist. Others fear it won’t. Where you stand on this issue depends on where you sit. Sit in the chair of the CEO of a major exporter, and you fear protectionism and the ever-rising spiral of retaliations. Sit in the chair of the president of a trade union, and you welcome what others call protectionism and you call fair trade. Sit in the chair of a Wal-Mart customer and you fear anything that will drive up prices, putting pressure on your over-stretched budget.

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An Emerging Tiger in South America

Colombia has become one of the most promising economies in the Western Hemisphere.
8:00 AM, Oct 31, 2011

On October 21, President Obama signed into law the U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement (FTA), thereby giving American exporters greater access to one of South America’s fastest growing markets. The long, tiring debate over the FTA—which began five years ago, when the agreement was first completed—showed that popular perceptions of Colombia are stuck in a time warp. Not only has the country become a much safer and less violent place than it was in the 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000s, it has also become one of the most promising economies in the Western Hemisphere.

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Romney on China's Currency Manipulation

11:41 AM, Oct 12, 2011

During Tuesday night’s debate in New Hampshire, moderator Karen Tumulty challenged Mitt Romney on his recent tough talk on China. Romney says China is a “currency manipulator” and argues that, by setting unfair prices and allowing the theft of American intellectual property, the Chinese government is cheating world markets and must be held accountable

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Obama's Dishonest Free-Trade Demogoguery

12:00 PM, Sep 06, 2011

For a while now, Obama's been mentioning in speeches that there are free-trade agreements that need to be ratified as away to create jobs and spur growth... while blaming Republicans for the hold up.

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On Colombia, Better Late Than Never

3:25 PM, Apr 09, 2011

The Obama administration finally announced earlier this week an agreement on the Colombia Free Trade Agreement, paving the way for its ratification. The Colombia FTA is long overdue, and President Obama’s change of heart is a welcome step for America and Colombia alike. As the White House notes, American workers will immediately benefit from the agreement:

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Is Obama Serious About Trade with South Korea?

2:18 PM, Feb 25, 2011

Despite high unemployment, the Obama administration has been slow to come up with an effective trade policy. It’s seemingly been trying with Colombia, Panama and South Korea, but its lack of success is startling.

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Will Obama Follow Through on Colombia Free Trade Agreement?

5:00 PM, Feb 11, 2011

It is, in a way, unsurprising that the president gave Bogota a brief nod during his State of the Union address. After all, In 2010 State of the Union address, the president claimed, “we will strengthen our trade relations in Asia and with key partners like South Korea and Panama and Colombia.” And, in 2009, President Obama told Colombian president Alvaro Uribe that he was “confident that ultimately we can strike a deal that is good for the people of Colombia and good for the people of the United States.” Yet, no such deal has been struck.

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