protectionism

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    Fortune 500 CEOs Worried About Trade War With China

    From Alan Murray at Fortune: The CEOs of Fortune 500 companies are an optimistic bunch this year, with the majority seeing a stronger economy and increased employment, topped off by reduced tax bills. Almost three-quarters believe the U.S. is the still best place in the world to invest money.
    Donna Martinez, May 23, 2018
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    “We are on a dangerous downward spiral and American families will be on the losing end.”

    The National Retail Federation has issued the following statement in response to news that President Trump may impose another $100 billion in tariffs on China.  “This is what a trade war looks like, and what we have warned against from the start. We are on a dangerous downward…
    Donna Martinez, April 6, 2018
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    Poll: 52% Disapprove Of Trump’s Tariffs on Steel/Aluminum

    More than half of registered voters polled by Harvard CAPS/Harris disapprove (thankfully) of President Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum. Fifty-two percent disapprove of the administration’s proposed tariffs on aluminum and steel imports, including those from China, and 43 percent said they believe Trump’s proposed tariffs will result in…
    Donna Martinez, April 6, 2018
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    Trump’s Tariffs: Putting American Consumers Last, Foreign Consumers First

    Roy Cordato takes issue with President Trump’s protectionist tariffs. Who will pay? There are several ways, direct and indirect, that American consumers will pay this tax. The first is the most obvious and direct.  Like any excise tax, regardless of who legally is responsible for paying it, the result…
    Donna Martinez, January 26, 2018
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    By Law, You Can’t Pump Your Own Gas

    The folks at Reason bring us an update on laws in Oregon and New Jersey that prohibit drivers from pumping their own gas. It’s all part of the misguided effort to “save” the jobs of gas station attendants. As of Jan. 1, lawmakers in Oregon loosened the state’s strings,…
    Donna Martinez, January 4, 2018
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    Fight the Myth of Fair Trade

    As Barron’s editorial page editor Thomas Donlan notes in his March 6 editorial: “Fair trade” is never fair, because it always means that the deadening thumb of government has to adjust the scales of commerce in favor of domestic businesses that can’t succeed any other way.
    Kory Swanson, March 16, 2017