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    How does a $2.5B powertrain plant in Mexico help the US?

    The now much maligned NAFTA was the result of Ronald Reagan’s vision for a prosperous 21st century.  Conservative organizations such as the Heritage Foundation supported trade agreements such as NAFTA, and conservative voters by and large went along with that position. Ronald Reagan first proposed a free trade agreement between the U.S. and Mexico in his 1980 presidential campaign. Since that time, The Heritage Foundation | Read More »

    My invitation to Trump supporters

    I confess that my personal bias is towards policy and not personality.  My interests are more geared towards the implementation of public policy in a conservative direction than it is to make a statement, induce certain people to squirm, be entertained, etc.  That said, I fully acknowledge that a human being, and not a collection of position papers, will be the Republican nominee for President | Read More »

    Is Buchanan more influential than Reagan in the run-up to 2016?

    I have a lot of respect of Pat Buchanan as a man.  He has unique insights on things, and he is someone who will speak his mind rather than get along for the purpose of getting along.  In contrast to the  “tell it like is” Donald Trump, Pat Buchanan has been remarkably consistent over the years.  While Trump and Buchanan competed against each other for the | Read More »

    Trump is no hawk on immigration

    I respect Donald Trump’s tenacity as a deal maker.  Real estate development is a tricky business.  All sorts of local regulatory processes pertaining to permits, zoning, etc.  Real estate development is one of the most inherently crony capitalist businesses because local government isn’t terribly consistent in how they deal with developers, and making a constitutional case out of it is unlikely to help much. Donald Trump | Read More »

    Honest question about TPA

    I know that the debate on TPA is pretty heated, here on Red State, on the right-of-center  blogosphere generally, as well as in DC itself. Much of the conservative opposition to TPA is grounded in a well deserved distrust of President Obama. In particular, there are concerns that any trade agreements will have immigration and/or environmental provisions in it that will be added to the | Read More »

    The world lost 22 million manufacturing jobs between 1995 and 2002

    In talking about free trade, the issue of job losses comes up.  There is no question that a smaller percentage people work in manufacturing in 2015 than they did in 1955.  However, the reasons for that change have little to do with trade. As reported in Bloomberg, the world as a whole lost 22 million manufacturing jobs between 1995 and 2002. Some 22 million manufacturing jobs | Read More »

    The real story on the TPA: Freedom Caucus sticks it to Boehner

    As many know, I am very disappointed in the nature of the public debate on TPA and free trade generally. I think that if more people were really honest about themselves, they would say that NAFTA was a bad idea and that they don’t really support any future NAFTAs. While that would disappoint me, I wouldn’t be fired up about it enough to write anything | Read More »

    What the TPA debate shows us

    No human being living on the earth in 2015 is perfect.  There was a carpenter’s son walking around about two thousand years ago, but that is another topic for another day. We all make inadvertent mistakes.  Human beings range from the honest maker of inadvertent mistakes to the purposeful liars, cheats, murderers, thieves, criminals, etc.  To me, those who engage in corrupting others are actually | Read More »

    Much Ado About Nothing?

    I support the  Indiana RFRA without clarifications or modifications.  I also support public discussions based on the actual facts.   After digging into to the details of the Indiana RFRA controversy over the past couple of days, it is clear to me that  99.9% of the arguments on the Indiana RFRA have nothing to do with the actual statute. Douglas Laycock, a professor at the University | Read More »

    How we can start NOW to chip away at the monstrosity of Obamacare

    We all want to repeal the ACA as soon as possible. I support Cruz’s call for a complete repeal. I believe that such a bill has passed the House approximately 40 times already, but I am all for doing it again and again and again. That being said, there are some additional things we can do that: (1) will get more Democrat votes that an | Read More »