Building a Free Trade Area of Most of the Americas

By Juan Carlos Hidalgo

Today the Free Trade Agreement between the United States and Panama went into effect. The United States now has FTAs with Canada and eleven Latin American countries stretching from Mexico to Chile. My colleague Bill Watson has a less enthusiastic view of the FTA with Panama here. Last week during the third presidential debate, Mitt […]

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Immigrants Are Important for Disaster Reconstruction

By Alex Nowrasteh

Hurricane Sandy walloped the East Coast yesterday. The strongest part of the storm focused its wrath on coastal cities, ravaging New York, Atlantic City, Ocean City, and others in the storm’s path. In the coming days, focus will turn from rescuing people to rebuilding the devastated areas. Immigrant workers, especially in the building trades, are […]

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Social Issues in the 2012 Election

By David Boaz

Remember when Republicans thought that social issues, especially gay marriage bans, would help them win the 2004 election? There’s good evidence that it wasn’t true even then. But take a look at 2012. Even though President Obama and the Democratic platform have endorsed marriage equality, Mitt Romney and the Republicans are staying well away from […]

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Does “Pro-Life” Mean Government Control? To Thomas Friedman It Does

By David Boaz

Thomas Friedman of the New York Times has a column today provocatively titled “Why I Am Pro-Life.” Of course he doesn’t mean that he wants the government to protect life in utero. Instead he turns to a standard Democratic theme: How can you say you’re “pro-life” and oppose welfare, environmental regulation, and every other government […]

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Eric Cantor Sprints After His Bolted Horse

By Sallie James

Several Republican congressmen have written to U.S. Export-Import Bank President Fred Hochburg, asking some probing questions about the business plan the bank submitted to Congress last month. They rightly express concern about the bank’s operations and risk management. They also cite the nondiversified portfolio of the bank, with its high reliance on the aircraft sector (which […]

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Canadian Children Take American Jobs

By David Boaz

This week on ABC’s Nashville, viewers were treated to the musical debut of the daughters of country star Rayna Jaymes (Connie Britton). Actual sisters Lennon and Maisy Stella play Jaymes’s daughters Maddie and Daphne Conrad. And on the show’s third episode, they sing a song together at a school talent show, to rave reviews. Take […]

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What the Candidates Won’t Explain about Outsourcing

By Daniel Ikenson

Like almost everything about the 2012 presidential campaigns, the bickering between the major party candidates over who is most responsible for shipping jobs overseas has been banal and utterly uninformative. While politicians have scared many Americans with hyperbolized sales pitches about the costs of foreign outsourcing, most people remain in the dark about the causes […]

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86ing the Arguments for California Props 30, 38

By Andrew J. Coulson

Californians are being asked to raise their taxes by between $7 billion (Prop 30) and $10 billion (Prop 38) to prop-up public school budgets. If they don’t, backers warn, public schools will face “devastating cuts.” That’s the fear mongering. This is the reality: Over the past four decades, real per pupil spending in California has […]

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House Committee Threatens to Subpoena Documents Related to IRS’s Illegal ObamaCare Taxes

By Michael F. Cannon

Last Friday, House Oversight Committee chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) and colleagues sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Douglas Shulman accusing Treasury of “either willfully misleading the Committee or…purposefully withholding information that is essential to the Committee’s oversight effort.” As Jonathan Adler and I document in our forthcoming Health Matrix article, “Taxation […]

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Where President Obama Went Wrong in Time

By Andrew J. Coulson

The President and Governor Romney have dueling op-eds in Time Magazine that are nominally about higher education. Neither really is. Governor Romney’s piece, in fact, doesn’t seem to be about anything at all, its vagueness evoking Isaac Asimov’s Lord Dorwin. The President’s piece does offer a few concretes, but mostly about K-12 and entirely wrongheaded. On the […]

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