Category: Policy

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2018: The Year of Trade – Part 3

As the entire world melts down over President Trump's eminently predictable (see here and here), yet seemingly erratic moves on trade policy, I am thoroughly enjoying sitting back and analyzing the ins and outs of the much-needed shake-up in global trade practices. After more than a year in office, 99 percent of political observers still ...

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The Arrogance of Teachers

I have not studied the education system, but from cursory outside observation it is grossly apparent that reform is needed up and down the spectrum. (Perhaps I too often wield my free market "hammer", but the education system would likely benefit from a bout of free market-based reform.) For starters, teachers could begin by taking ...

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A Gun Control Proposal: Assault Rifles for Late-Term Abortions

Per usual in the hyper-polarized world of politics, the gun control debate in the wake of the tragic 17-person Florida massacre is woefully devoid of bipartisan structure. The problem is simple: Gun control proponents will never get gun owners to the table without committing to a concurrent discussion about abortion. The right to bear arms ...

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The Trump Administration’s Stealth Reformation of the ACA and Its Application to the Next Maine Governor (Adam Cote)

In a May 2017 op-ed to the Portland Press Herald I outlined a bipartisan path to healthcare reform: expand coverage to the 29 million uninsured while deregulating the non-group health insurance market, letting "the government fund it, and the free market run it." This recommendation was based on the principle that the proper role of ...

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2018: The Year of Trade – Part 2

2018 continues to shape up as the "year of trade," with the Trump Administration set to open the year with aggressive action against China and other free trade free riders. Per usual, the mere questioning of America's trade agreements elicits screams of American global economic and free trade retrenchment, but with the most jobs/growth/business-friendly administration's ...

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The Wall Street Journal: Mr. Trump’s Trade War

This week's "Saturday Essay" by Douglas Irwin of The WSJ captures well the thrust of President Trump's trade policy: "The president is right to emphasize reciprocity. His mistake is to focus on the balance of trade with individual countries rather than on the rules of market access." In my on-going trade policy self-study, this is one of ...

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Overview of GOP Tax Bill

The New York Times is out this morning with a good overview of what is in the GOP's final tax bill up for vote likely next Tuesday, here and here. The bill can be summarized as follows, in descending order of priority: Multi-national corporate tax cut & reform: The US corporate tax rate falls from ...