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    Open letter to the president on the negative impact of trade deficits

    Dear Mr. Trump: There has not been a day that has gone by recently where you haven’t pointed to large dollar trade deficits (i.e. goods and services surpluses) that the US has with other countries like China, as a major reason why you are pursuing protectionist trade policies that punish…
    Roy Cordato, April 4, 2018
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    Rep. John Bell picked as new House GOP leader

    Rep. John Bell House Republicans have selected Rep. John Bell, R-Wayne, as their new majority leader. Bell, who previously was the caucus’ majority whip, replaces former Rep. Mike Hager, R-Rutherford, who resigned earlier this summer. The GOP caucus elected Rep. Dean Arp, R-Union, to take Bell’s place as…
    Barry Smith, August 30, 2016
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    “The Hillary Defense,” continued….

    In a previous Locker Room post I reported speculation among lawyers that the FBI’s decision not to recommend prosecution of Hillary Clinton for violating national security law might offer them a new tactic for defending less celebrated clients accused of similar crimes, “especially if Clinton is elected president in November.” It turns…
    Jon Guze, August 16, 2016
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    Locker Room has moved

    Locker Room has moved to a new location. Please join us at our new home: http://lockerroom.johnlocke.org. The old Locker Room has served us well since Aug. 19, 2003. In the first post more than seven years ago, we posted the following: The Locker Room will feature fast…
    Locker Room contributor, March 14, 2011
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    Contrasting market-based environmentalism with environmental policy that relies on markets

    The concept of “market-based environmentalism” is actually a form of socialism. Advocates use the language of markets to distinguish this form from traditional command-and-control socialism based on explicit central economic planning.? That’s the argument Roy Cordato made today during his presentation to the John Locke Foundation’s Shaftesbury Society. In the…
    Locker Room contributor, March 14, 2011
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    No, Keynesians, widespread death and capital destruction is not good for the economy

    Depend upon it, after a natural disaster there will be people willing to state that the rebuilding process will be good for the economy. It is, after all, a very visible process. What the soothsayers miss are all the unseen alternative uses of all that money and capital being used…
    Locker Room contributor, March 14, 2011
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    New at CJO: Feds split on release of Wake school lunch data

    David Bass’ latest Carolina Journal Online report focuses on a disagreement between two federal agencies over the use of school lunch data in helping Wake County school officials make assignment decisions.
    Locker Room contributor, March 14, 2011
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    Brooks handicaps the GOP contenders

    David Brooks, a conservative by New York Times standards, offers TIME his thoughts about the Republican presidential contenders: I’m a little meh. Some people are interesting, like Newt Gingrich, but Newt Gingrich is not going to be President. I wouldn’t let that guy run a…
    Locker Room contributor, March 14, 2011