- Cato's Dan Ikenson provides some much-deserved criticism of USTR's jubilation over the WTO's totally-expected ruling that last year's Section 421 decision against Chinese tire imports was consistent with global trade rules. (Others agree.)
- AEI's Claude Barfield rightly admonishes the Politico's John Maggs for his reallllly bad reporting on US FTAs' likely path through Congress.
- Cato's Dan Mitchell and Chris Edwards explain just how embarrassing it is that, with Japan's decision to lower its corporate tax rate, the United States now has the highest statutory corporate tax rate of all OECD nations. Edwards provides a great chart:
Me: The next time that a protectionist complains about imports, outsourcing and a lack of American competitiveness, feel free to share this chart with him/her.
- Columnist David Harsanyi explains that Americans are just plain wrong about the state of American manufacturing. (Gee, I wonder where they could have gotten the wrong idea?)
- Revealing WSJ interactive charts on US debt levels. Guess what? Everyday Americans have moderated their debt levels, but Uncle Sam's tab just keeps on growing and growing and growing.
- AEI's Phil Levy (at a very interesting forum on the National Export Initiative) explains, starting at about 1:37 the pitfalls of trying to sell free trade through mercantilism (i.e., free trade = exports = jobs) approach (h/t Bryan Riley):
- Festivus is real. Bring on the airing of grievances and feats of strength!
- Finally, GMU's Don Boudreaux takes to xtranormal to create a nice little cartoon explaining the idiocy of protectionism (h/t Simon Lester):