A top legislative priority for the White House, the agreement was signed by the United States, Mexico, and Canada on Nov. 30 of last year but has stalled in Congress.
While we hoped freer trade with the West would lead China toward liberal democracy, the result has been an increasingly oppressive government.
Any political regime depends in part upon trust, and, when those in power do not live up to their commitments to the people, an appetite for change grows.
A game where only one side plays by the rules is rigged. We have now locked ourselves in an embrace with a corrupt regime, and it has not been to our benefit economically or morally.
Tariffs can serve non-economic purposes. Although economically harmful, they can sometimes be used to gain political advantages that outweigh their economic costs.
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We understand it would be wrong to let politicians interfere with our freedom to trade with our local grocery store. The same argument applies when looking at international trade.
Free trade supporters will be disappointed in clauses such as the minimum wage requirement and recognition of bargaining rights. But such clauses appeal to union voters, who like Trump.
It seems almost embarrassing to have to rehearse the case for free trade, but Donald Trump is determined to make us learn it all over again, the hard way.
I support nearly unlimited trade, no matter what other nations do. It’s mostly because I love America.
Sheltering inefficient work—like Sam’s bread business—prevents workers like Sam from finding and developing a skill set that the economy needs.
In trade war terms, Trump’s tariffs are the equivalent of invading Iraq without first getting a UN resolution—or congressional authorization.
It is a game of robbing Peter because you claim Paul was robbed. This helps no one. Two wrongs do not make a right in pursuit of freer trade.
Trump’s first year in office has turned out much better than expected, but don’t let that blind us to some of the long-term costs of Trumpism.
Sen. Mike Lee asked that his fellow conservatives not dismiss the challenge of populism, but instead embrace it to advance their policies.
The more we twist the system to make workers feel useful, the less useful they’ll actually be. At some point we must allow people the dignity of making a bona fide contribution.
Donald Trump is openly, brazenly unprincipled, without bothering over any pretense. How will that change the Republican Party?
The worst part of Donald Trump’s economic interventions is that he’s getting other Republicans to throw out the party’s free-market ideology.
Peering through the murk, what we see in our current political memes about globalism is a noisy celebration of half-truths and half-baked ideas.
My hometown of Hickory, North Carolina is actually a great example of the American economy’s resilience—not despite trade, but in concert with it.
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