• China declares trade war, signals recession

    (Robert Romano, NetRightDaily.com) – Beijing has launched a preemptive strike on the West and on other emerging economies,...

  • Oil consumption in advanced economies hits 20-year low

    (Robert Romano, NetRightDaily.com) – Oil consumption in advanced economies in 2014 was at its lowest level since 1995,...

  • Near-Death of Hawaiian Sugar Industry Explained

    (Chuck Muth) – The opinion column below, published last week in the Honolulu Star Advertiser, provides a quick primer on the danger of trade deals that open a global “free market” in which our “partners” undercut us through government subsidies that our own people do not receive. As you’ll read below, thanks...

  • No more powerful force

    (Ron Knecht & Geoffrey Lawrence) – We like prices. We know that sounds strange.  Most people like only certain kinds of prices: low prices if they are buying and high prices if they are selling.  As economists, however, we like them all. Why?  Because there is perhaps no more powerful organizing force in...

  • Senate amendment to limit sugar loans withdrawn

    (Jerry Hagstrom, Grand Forks Herald) – WASHINGTON — Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., on July 17 presented an amendment to the Senate Appropriations Committee to alter the federal sugar program, but then withdrew it. Shaheen did not release a copy of the amendment, but in the past, she and Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill, presented an...

  • Senate amendment to limit sugar loans withdrawn

    (Jerry Hagstrom, Grand Forks Herald) – WASHINGTON — Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., on July 17 presented an...

  • Small Business Owners to IRS: Give us back our money

    (Insitute for Justice) – ARLINGTON, VA—The IRS confiscated the entire bank accounts of two small businesses that did nothing illegal. Now those business owners are asking the government to give them their money back. Khalid (“Ken”) Quran, a North Carolina convenience store owner, and Randy Sowers, a Maryland dairy farmer, both work...

  • The growing case for ending the Crude Oil Export Ban

    (Reps. Joe L. Barton & Henry Cuellar) – The advantages of lifting the ban on crude oil exports...

  • It’s time to end the Oil Export Ban

    (Chuck Muth, Citizen Outreach) – The United States imports foreign cars from other countries while simultaneously exporting American-made cars to other countries.  Ditto a wide variety of consumer products.  One does not preclude the other. Except when it comes to oil. Back in the 1970s, after two gas crises triggered by the Mideast...

  • Will nine times be the charm for Big Candy?

    (Chuck Muth, Citizen Outreach) – Big Candy didn’t get to be Big Candy by taking no for an answer. Since 2012, lobbyists for candy-makers and cookie bakers have used their considerable political clout and a small fortune from chocolate bar sales to pressure Congress to gut the U.S. sugar program and the...

  • It’s Time to End the Oil Export Ban

    (Chuck Muth) – The United States imports foreign cars from other countries while simultaneously exporting American-made cars to...

  • No Independence Day for Small Business

    (NFIB) – CARSON CITY — The fireworks are fizzling out for Main Street, mom-and-pop enterprises in advance of the nation’s birthday, thanks to new rules released this week by the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of Labor. Taking effect tomorrow is an obscure IRS rule under which small businesses that get caught...

  • Federal Land Grab Far Bigger Problem than No-Cost Sugar Program

    (Chuck Muth, President, Citizen Outreach) – When the opening line of a column inked by a former congressman reads, “The EPA just finalized one of the biggest land grabs in American history,” it’s a column that demands to be read. In an op-ed published Monday by The Hill, former Rep. Larry Combest...

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