A TradeVistas poll found that Americans support “Buy American” policies requiring the federal government to buy from domestic suppliers. Learn more about trade’s elevated importance in the 2020 election.
The concept of maximizing taxpayer spend on American goods and services extends all the way back to the founding of the United States. Here’s a primer on the history of Buy American policies.
Why does protectionism lead to conflict and why does free trade help prevent it? Learn about the connection between peace and free trade.
What do ordinary Americans think about the World Trade Organization (WTO)? A new poll by TradeVistas found that a plurality of Americans support leaving the WTO – but almost as many are “unsure” or “indifferent.”
Blacklisting is being increasingly deployed in the battle over tech trade. The U.S. is controlling the export of commercial technologies to China in the name of national security.
Nebraskans appreciate trade’s role in the Nebraska economy. U.S. agricultural exports have a positive impact. But trust in the media and D.C. is low.
India is one of the United States’ top ten trading partners. But trade deficits continue to be a hot topic for policymakers in both Washington and New Delhi.
Imported autos are being targeted with tariffs for “national security” reasons – but why? Congress introduced bipartisan bills to restrain the administration’s use of Section 232 tariffs. In a still-confidential 2019 report, the Department reportedly found that imported autos like the Volkswagon GTI “threaten to impair the national security” and recommended that the president impose tariffs as high as 25 percent.
What Americans really think, what politicians say, and how Congress votes on trade – it might not surprise you that these don’t always line up.
Working class Americans have been unable to compete for jobs demanding specialized technical skills, while the places they live have been hollowed out by shifts in global supply chains and the death of low-skilled manufacturing. So long as these workers feel left out of the economic mainstream, they will remain a potent political force, including in the upcoming 2020 election.