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03/10/11
By Dava Castillo, Courtesy of AllVoices Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Tuesday requested the U.S. Congress to approve the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) signed in November 2006. The agreement would strengthened economic ties between the U.S. and Colombia by eliminating tariffs and other barriers to goods and services and expand trade.
03/10/11
Editorial from The Bennington Banner During every recession since 1980, the call has gone out to buy American products, rather than imported goods, as a way to chop down our chronic trade deficit and save American jobs. Guess what: That movement is back stronger than ever, and this time, it seems millions of consumers are finally taking the message seriously. That's a good thing.
03/09/11
The pundits and talking heads pontificating about the ruckus in Madison are missing a fundamental point. This standoff is not about Democrats and Republicans. The real fight is about jobs.
03/09/11
By Shannon Frazer, Kentucky Kernel Let’s get some things straight: Supporting a global economy, encouraging fair and free trade and outsourcing to provide employment opportunities to people abroad can all be good things. But there is a point when we as Americans have to realize the impact the government, corporations and even our own buying behaviors have on our domestic economy.
03/08/11
By Dustin Ensinger, Economy in Crisis In a sign of just how clueless some politicians are about America’s manufacturing crisis, former Republican presidential candidate and current Sen. John McCain claimed over the weekend that iPods and iPhones are made right here in America. McCain made the erroneous claim during an appearance on ABC’s This Week when the discussion turned to America’s dwindling manufacturing base, and its effect on the economy.
03/08/11
By Todd Tucker, Eyes on Trade Princeton economist Uwe Reinhardt had an interesting post on trade last week on the NYT website that will probably spark some debate. He writes: The economist’s case for free trade is cobbled together from the toolkit labeled normative economics, a branch of economic analysis that seeks to identify what is efficient and what is not and, thus, what is good policy and what is not — and, therefore, what should and should not be done.
03/08/11
By Devin Dwyer, ABC News State and local governments, which spend close to $2 trillion annually on goods and services, are increasingly trying to leverage their purchasing power to favor American businesses and create jobs. Twenty-one states had "Buy American" laws through 2009, according to the National Association of State Procurement Officials, and nearly every state has implemented preference statutes for buying from in-state producers, many added since the recession began.
03/07/11
by Scott Horsley, NPR The Obama administration is hoping to win quick approval for its new free-trade pact with South Korea, but that deal may be held up by two trade agreements with Colombia and Panama that the White House says aren't ready yet. House Republicans insist that all three be considered together.
03/07/11
By Ian Fletcher, The Huffington Post Skepticism about free trade is often stigmatized with ad hominem attacks. These mostly come down to variations on the following: "Protectionists are dummies, losers, incompetents, hippies, rednecks, dinosaurs, closet socialists, or crypto-fascists." Thomas Friedman's version in The World is Flat (the Das Kapital of Globalism) runs thus: Let's face it: Republican cultural conservatives have much more in common with the steelworkers of Youngstown, Ohio, the farmers of rural China, and the mullahs of central Saudi Arabia, who would also like more walls, than they do with investment bankers on Wall Street or service workers linked to the global economy in Palo Alto, who have been enriched by the flattening of the world.
03/04/11
In February, job growth in the manufacturing industry showed promise by adding 33,000 jobs, but also revealed areas where uncertainty has a dampening effect on job creation. Manufacturers still have a long, long way to go in the economic recovery.

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