Key Component of Actually Free Trade: Punishing Bad Actors

We have long roundly ridiculed what has passed for “free trade” in Washington, D.C. Where we remove nigh all of our government impediments to the goods and services of every other nation on the planet. And nigh no other country returns the favor. Nations the world over impose all sorts of tariffs and regulatory impediments […]

What to Do – and What Not to Do – on Trade Reform

In advance of the 2008 election, now outgoing President Barack Obama ran on “Hope and Change.”  It was a smart, cynical ploy.  We the People certainly wanted “Change” – but Obama’s “Change” wasn’t even close to what we wanted it to be. Obama meant “fundamentally transforming the United States of America” – with a massive, […]

Trump Knows, Media Don’t: One-Sided ‘Free Trade’ – Isn’t Free Trade

The media (and the entire media-Left-NeverTrump contingent) remain steadfast in their opposition to now-President-elect Donald Trump.  In their attempts to deny him first the office and now legitimacy therein, they have come up with all sorts of shorthand descriptives that are either vague or outright disingenuous. One of the most annoying of these – is […]

Actual Free Trade and Trump Trade Are Absolutely, Perfectly Compatible

One of the biggest mistakes made by so many people on the Right freaking out about President-elect Donald Trump – is looking at him through a political prism. Donald Trump is not a politician. Thus a political prism – is out of phase and focus when trained on someone like Trump. Trump is a businessman […]

Will a Republican Senate Stick a Republican President with a Democrat FCC?

The GOP ain’t called “The Stupid Party” for nothing. Reports last week indicate that Senate Democrats – the minority Party – had pulled together enough of their Republican majority cohorts to have a lame-duck session vote to give Democrat Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel a brand new term. A lame-duck session – as […]

The Trump Transition: Away from Enormous, Terrible Top-Down Government

We are in the midst of what is referred to as the “transition” – the hand off of power from one president to another. God bless America – these conversions are peaceful. Even when the exchange takes place between presidents of opposing political parties, as is currently underway. (Here’s hoping the Democrat Barack Obama Administration […]

Thanksgiving: For the Prospect of Less Government Cronyism

Thursday is, of course, our day of Thanksgiving. Where food and football serve as an accompaniment to our gathering together to celebrate our blessings. I will not bore you with all for which I am thankful personally (though that is much). Discussed here is something public policy for which I am most grateful – the […]

Trump Has Repeatedly Flirted with Ending the EPA. He Absolutely Should

The $4-trillion-per-year federal government works incessantly against the private sector. Likely no wing is more pernicious than the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). On his way to prison for defrauding taxpayers out of more than $1 million, former high-level EPA official Jon Beale said that while at the agency he was: “working on a ‘project’ examining […]

Want a Shortage of Something? Put the Government in Charge of Its Production

The late, inordinately great man and economist Milton Friedman once rightly observed “If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there’d be a shortage of sand.” Where governments run things – shortages abound. Places with unbelievable amounts of natural resources – end up importing those very things when […]