Free Trade Comes With Trade Offs, But That’s Not a Reason to Oppose It

“Our trade policy rests firmly on the foundation of free and open markets. I recognize … the inescapable conclusion that all of history has taught: The freer the flow of world trade, the stronger the tides of human progress and peace among nations.” – Ronald Reagan, 1986 Republicans have long been the party of free…
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Clinton’s Free Trade Flip-Flop Proves She’s Untrustworthy

Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton came out against the Trans-Pacific Partnership this week. The media is portraying it as a big blow to President Obama’s agenda. But the biggest blow comes to Clinton’s already-diminished credibility. In an interview with PBS’s Judy Woodruff, Clinton said, “As of today, I am not in favor of what I…
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Democrats’ Intra-Party Squabbling Undermine Obama’s Trade Package

President Obama has never fashioned himself to be a blue-collar politician. He’s never been the type to engage in the glad-handing, ego stroking, or even arm-twisting, so often greases the wheels of Washington votes. Members of both parties have labeled him “remote,” “frosty,” “distant,” and only willing to engage in “perfunctory” relationships. As Scott Wilson…
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Democrats are Getting a Taste of Obama’s Medicine

Democrats are finally getting a taste of what it means to disagree with President Obama. In the early years of his second term Obama has opted to move beyond substantive policy debates towards a coronation of ideas. He was once derided by his own party as being too professorial, too willing to engage in a…
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