The Trade Policy Clown Show of 2015

Great nations are not normally in the habit of allowing childish temper tantrums to dictate economic policy. Great nations are even less inclined to sacrifice an excellent economic deal because of a temper tantrum. And yet, when we examine the frantic and immature back-and-forth regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership Act, we see that the United States--a …

So Much for Expecting Enlightenment on Trade Policy

I had harbored some hope that politicians would behave like adults when it came to addressing the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. As noted in my previous post, the benefits of free trade are clear and overwhelming, the American public appears more ready to accept and support trade deals, and there is bipartisan cooperation between congressional Republicans …

About Those Racist Attacks on Elaine Chao

I covered them here. Note that this isn't the first time such attacks have been leveled. So, I may have had reasons for writing, as I did, that "I wouldn’t be in the least bit surprised if Groob was told to make the statements and take the professional hit in order to make racism work …

Some Might Call It “Racism”

Apparently, in the U.S. Senate race in Kentucky, it is incredibly important to point out that Mitch McConnell's wife, former labor secretary Elaine Chao, is "Asian," and therefore, allegedly, "not from" Kentucky. To call this kind of rhetoric "nauseating" is to understate matters, of course. The state Democratic party has rebuked Kathy Groob, the operative …

So, Mitch McConnell Won His Primary

Not that this news should surprise anyone at all: Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) easily defeated his primary challenger, businessman Matt Bevin, in a sour loss for the Tea Party on Tuesday night. The Associated Press called the race for McConnell right as polls closed at 7 p.m. in the Bluegrass State, where the Senate minority …

The State of the Republican Party

I recognize that liking Mitch McConnell is not fashionable these days among Republicans, but I have a hard time taking issue with his analysis of the GOP: "The most important election yesterday wasn't the governor of New Jersey and it wasn't the governor of Virginia, it was the special election for Congress in South Alabama, where …