What's wrong with a tariff?

by Ian Fletcher -- It's only fair to answer some of the objections to the idea of an import tariff that I and others, like possible presidential candidate Donald Trump, have recently more…

Free trade as policy? Expect a collapse

by Ian Fletcher -- For once, some good news: public support for free trade almost certainly will collapse over the next few years. On this issue, the public is way ahead of more…

Choosing proven failures, again and again

by Ian Fletcher -- With the Republicans and the Obama administration attempting to rush headlong into a new trade agreements with Korea, and possibly also with Panama and Colombia, it is incumbent more…

Choosing to protect better jobs

by Ian Fletcher -- Protectionism frequently is tarred as a backward-looking policy which merely preserves yesterday's jobs at the expense of tomorrow's. This is a snappy-sounding canard, but it has nothing to more…

Don't count on currency revaluation

by Ian Fletcher -- It is sometimes suggested that our trade problems (job losses, international indebtedness) will go away on their own once currency values adjust. Bottom line? A declining dollar will more…

The founders were not free traders

by Ian Fletcher -- Democrats want to punish businesses for moving overseas while the Republicans want to give those same businesses a red carpet for their trip there. Neither plan will help more…