Tagged: world trade

What Now in World Trade?

What Now in World Trade?

  Trump’s tariff war on America’s longtime trading partners leaves the global market in a state of flux. What do you think will happen now? There is retaliation of course, and there will probably...

Walling off America

Walling off America

Trump is forging ahead with plans for a wall to keep out Mexicans, examining prototypes and seeking funds from Congress for the project. (I know, he promised Mexico would pay for the wall, but...

Like a Bull in a China Shop

Like a Bull in a China Shop

Steelworkers union President Leo Gerard was on TV recently praising Trump for imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum. He said it would punish China for cheating on trade agreements. Does the head of one of the...

How Bad is it – Really?

How Bad is it – Really?

Listening to the heated debate raging in this divided country, the rest of the world must think Americans are spoiled. It’s a debate that presents a distorted view of American society. Donald Trump, for example,...

The Trump Manifesto

The Trump Manifesto

  Donald trump got serious yesterday, prescribing a hardline trade policy and backing it up with references to precise passages in various agreements. It was his most dangerous campaign speech yet. What he promised is...

Powers that Would be Maneuvering in the Shadows

Powers that Would be Maneuvering in the Shadows

Nothing seems to make sense this morning. Congress has apparently gone crazy. The government is paralyzed. The political “news” is a ritualistic stage show where opposing “talking points” are endlessly exchanged. On CNN, a woman...

Who is to Blame for the Bangladesh Tragedy?

Who is to Blame for the Bangladesh Tragedy?

When you crowd 1,500 workers into a sweatshop with too few exits, setting them up behind jerry-rigged sewing machines amid a cloud of fabric dust (photo above, right), you shouldn’t be surprised if a...

First the Good News – Such as it is

First the Good News – Such as it is

Somewhere in the darkest night a candle glows … according to some tin-pan-alley composer of my lost youth. So let’s peek out from under the bed covers and look around for that gleam of...

“The Center” Probably Won’t Vote, Mr. President

“The Center” Probably Won’t Vote, Mr. President

As I write this, President Obama has just announced a “tentative deal” with the Republicans that will – he hopes – end the debt ceiling crisis. But in doing so, he has disillusioned a...

Americans Might be Fighting Back at Last

Americans Might be Fighting Back at Last

My friend Dorothy Mahfood sent me a viral email that makes me dare to hope Americans are finally waking up and fighting back. The message was simple: Buy American. This is not a new...