Category Archive: Economics

Tariffs Work for American Workers

A tariff is a sharp edged tool used to carve out the best trade deals for America. It is used to raise the price of imported goods as a defense against unfair competition from foreign markets. And like any other tax, a tariff doesn’t have to be universal or permanent: it can be limited, lowered, …

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Interview with Jamaican Prime Minister Edward Seaga (1981)

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  Edward P.G. Seaga became Prime Minister of Jamaica on October 30, 1980, after winning a landslide victory over the pro-Castro incumbent Michael J. Manley. Eight years of socialist rule had devastated Jamaica and Seaga was faced with the treasury that was literally empty. In fact, the Bank of Jamaica announced the day before the …

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Dan Smoot: the Man and his Message

If there ever was a real Horatio Alger story, the life and times of Dan Smoot certainly fit the bill. From farm boy, orphan, and hobo to the faculty at Harvard University, service as an FBI agent, and staff assistant to J. Edgar Hoover—that in and of itself makes for a fascinating story, with enough …

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A Conservative Defense Budget Should be A Conservative Cause

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Admiral Mike Mullen, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, asserts that the “most significant threat to our national security is our debt.” The money we spend on weaponry — and the fingers that fire them — is staggering. For example, the 2012 Department of Defense budget (more than the annual defense budgets of the …

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Interview with Jerry White, Socialist Equality Party Nominee for President

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Michigan resident Jerry White is the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) candidate for President. He was the SEP’s first presidential candidate in 1996, and headed their national ticket in the 2008 and 2012 elections. The SEP holds that, “The Democratic Party, committed to militarism and austerity, is no less the political instrument of Wall Street and …

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1988 USA Today Op/Ed: “Iron Triangle” Rules Washington

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President Reagan has correctly updated and refined the way Washington works” an “Iron Triangle”  of power and money interests perpetuate a big government run with red ink. He derided the coalition of left-wing congressman, special interest groups, and liberal elements of the media this week as usurpers of our democratic institutions. The Iron Triangle formula once included …

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Interview with Leah Durant of Progressives for Immigration Reform

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NOTE: Leah Durant, Executive Director of Progressives for Immigration Reform (PFIR), a new Washington, DC-based educational organization, to get her take on the immigration issue from a traditional liberal point of view. PFIR focuses on the effects of immigration on the carrying capacity of the U.S. population, the nation’s ecology and energy resources, and the working …

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“Free Trade” Deals: Undermining Defense, Sovereignty, and the American Job Market

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A powerful conglomerate consisting of Wall Street moguls, multi-national corporate elites, and political insiders — the one percent cabal as some call them — are mounting an assault on the American economy, endangering national defense, and subverting U.S. sovereignty. Their weaponry includes so-called “free trade” treaties like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) — …

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Foreign Aid? It’s being flushed down the toilet faster than you think.

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The economy of Mexico is the 13th largest in the world and the 11th by buying power. British economist Jim O’Neill, former head of asset management for Goldman Sachs, said recently that, “Mexico has a unique opportunity to steal the thunder of no less a giant than China.” Remember Ross Perot’s warning about that giant …

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Book Review: Lou Dobbs, Populist

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War on the Middle Class: How the Government, Big Business, and Special Interest Groups Are Waging War on the American Dream and How to Fight Back by Lou Dobbs New York: Viking Press, 2006; 276 pages; $24.95 Independents Day: Awakening the American Spirit by Lou Dobbs New York: Viking Press, 2007; 288 pages; $24.95 Lou Dobbs is an …

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