Obstructionists

I write this blog post to condemn and denounce a faction of Congress that seems bound and determined to prevent the passage and implementation of a host of Obama administration policy initiatives. It seems like on a regular basis, this particular faction--which of course is substantially represented in Congress--tries to throw a plethora of monkey …

Trade Police and a Chance for Bipartisanship

Here's hoping that Republicans work with the White House to bring about true and lasting trade liberalization, which can propel further economic growth. For far too long, trade pacts like the Trans-Pacific Partnership have languished in negotiations, and as the story points out, Republicans can help bring those negotiations to a successful conclusion by giving trade …

Politics Kills Economic Growth

This editorial is entirely right to attack House Republicans for killing prospects for immigration reform, just as it takes on Democrats for killing free trade. Encouraging smart, hardworking people to come to the United States and chase the American dream--while enriching America with their own talents--is one of the best ways around to help foster increased …

Charles Lane v. Protectionists

Anyone who wants the United States to benefit from more economic growth would do well to take Lane's side: The Great Recession wrought global havoc, but at least it did not rekindle protectionist sentiment. Or so it seemed until last week, when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) trashed President Obama’s request for authority to …

Why Does Harry Reid Hate Prosperity?

As I have written before, free trade is one of the best, most surefire ways to grow the economy, put more money in people's pockets, and create new jobs. So, while I am not surprised that the worst Senate majority leader in history is working to undermine free trade, I am disappointed. And I confess …

Some Good Trade News–For a Change

The World Trade Organization reminds us that it is indeed good for something: Ministers from around the world sealed the first global trade deal in a generation on Saturday in a move hailed as a tonic for both the global economy and the battered credibility of the World Trade Organisation. Almost two decades after the WTO …