Trade

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    Trump, trade, and China

    Editors at the Washington Examiner take President Trump to task for his actions regarding trade and China. With tariffs and tweets, President Trump eggs on a trade war between China and America. With no trade talks on the horizon, relations are unlikely to improve soon. That seems to…
    Mitch Kokai, September 25, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Julie Havlak reports for Carolina Journal Online that tariffs and trade battles could increase the price tag for North Carolina as it rebuilds from Hurricane Florence. The Daily Journal explains that North Carolina’s leaders have rejected a political philosophy that calls for tax hikes during times of natural…
    Mitch Kokai, September 25, 2018
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    Did you know China has a soybean reserve?

    Back in March, President Trump tweeted, “Trade wars are … easy to win.” A recent series of tweets by economist Lyman Stone casts doubt on that claim, at least as far as China is concerned:      …
    Jon Guze, September 19, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way of Carolina Journal Online interviews N.C. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler about tariffs and the state of farming. John Trump’s Daily Journal argues that North Carolina’s system governing alcoholic spirits is too broken to fix.
    Mitch Kokai, September 7, 2018
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    LISTEN: NC farmers speak out against tariffs

    From Southern Farm Network: North Carolina farmers and ag leaders are sounding the alarm at the ongoing trade war between the US and China. On Tuesday, several met at a Fuquay-Varina, NC tobacco, peanut and soybean farm in hopes of letting elected officials know the plight they are in…
    Anna Manning, September 6, 2018
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    American Action Forum president trashes Trump trade strategy

    Douglas Holtz-Eakin of the American Action Forum isn’t buying what President Trump is selling when it comes to trade. They created uncertainty about the future of U.S. and global growth, leading firms to pull back on their planned investments. The administration did not deny this pain. They paid…
    Mitch Kokai, September 3, 2018
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    Trade war escalation would be a bad move

    Erin Dunne writes for the Washington Examiner about the economic damage that would be linked to a protracted trade war. Even as Trump champions a strong U.S. economy, the escalation of the tit-for-tat trade war will cause Americans even more economic pain and is not the best way…
    Mitch Kokai, August 24, 2018
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    Why haven’t people embraced free trade completely?

    Daniel Hannan has some ideas. He shares them with readers of a Competitive Enterprise Institute report on the undeniable benefits of free trade. What lies behind these fears? There are, I think, three explanations, one psychological, one aesthetic, and one political. First, the psychological objection. Free trade is…
    Mitch Kokai, August 20, 2018