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Steel Steals; Colonialism versus Slavery; India’s Farm Policy; Immigration and Inflation

Steel Steals from Farmers If the Trump White House accepts the advice of the Section 232 investigation by the Ross Commerce Department and raises tariffs on steel imports, it could be U.S. farmers who are hurt. That is the calculation of former U.S. ITC commissioner Daniel Pearson. He notes tha...

Undermining 232 Rationale; Trump View Vindicated; MAAlicious

Undermining 232 Rationale The U.S. Commerce Department announced the results of its Section 232 investigation into imports of aluminum and steel. It was found that these imports are undermining national security and should be subject to both tariffs and quotas. The U.S. can assert a national se...

Heitkamp versus Cramer: It’s On!

A little “water cooler” office conversation (albeit conducted electronically) at WPI this week centered on handicapping the North Dakota Senate race now that at-large Republican Representative Kevin Cramer is apparently is about to throw his hat in the ring against incumbent Democra...

Origin Labeling Loser; War of Words; Taxes and Budgets

Origin Labeling Loser The U.S. beef industry feels embattled. After years of contending with health risk warnings about its product, marketers of plant proteins are now labeling their own products as “clean meat,” implying the same product at its base but qualitatively better. Prote...

TPP Necessity: Loss Aversion; What Protectionism?

TPP Necessity: Loss Aversion President Donald Trump has called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) a “disaster” and a “rape” of our country, but reality is going to make him crawl back to rejoin it and without gaining many changes. After months of briefings about the geo...

Historical Inequality; Fighting Fear; Not Innovative; Spinning Wheels

Historical Inequality This week President Trump resurrected his contention that a “reciprocal tax” should be imposed that equalizes the tariffs applied by the U.S. on imports with those applied by trading partners on equivalent goods from the United States. Such a move would likely...

Impact of Small Refinery Exemptions on the RFS

In August 2017, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ruled that the EPA was too strict in granting exemptions for small refineries under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Such an exemption is allowable if a petitioning refinery can demonstrate that compliance with RFS obligations w...

Rural Infrastructure; Chinese Countryside; EU Identity Politics; Ag Budget

Rural Infrastructure President Trump’s newly announced infrastructure plan gives some priority to rural areas by making them an early beneficiary of the funding match. A boost to rural broadband service is mentioned as a priority. Skeptics argue that the proposed federal portion cannot at...

A Look at "An American Budget"

President Donald Trump has been labeled – by friends and foes alike – as a marketing and branding wizard. He hasn’t lost that touch moving into the public sector from the business world with his unveiling of the administration’s FY 2019 “An American Budget” p...

Details on the Continuing Resolution

After a brief midnight shutdown, Congress approved yet another modified stopgap budget package in the early hours of this morning. This is the fifth continuing resolution (CR) for FY 2018. It was passed in the Senate at 2 a.m. (EST) by a vote of 71-28 and in the House at about 5:30 a.m. (EST) b...

Trump Triangulates, Canada’s Soft Underbelly

Trump Triangulates As one U.S. trade policy official described the situation, it is Alice in Wonderland, where up is down and small is big – a real fantasy. Republicans voted for a large increase in domestic spending that violates their once sacred Budget Control Act, and congressional De...

Scale in Africa; Theory versus History; Glyphosate Bubbling; Export Restriction

Scale Needed in Africa The Overseas Development Institute (ODI), a research group funded by governments, international organizations and development groups, notes the limits of rural advancement in Africa. Most development organizations advocate a focus on improving subsistence agriculture, but...

Steel Steals; Colonialism versus Slavery; India’s Farm Policy; Immigration and Inflation

Steel Steals from Farmers If the Trump White House accepts the advice of the Section 232 investigation by the Ross Commerce Department and raises tariffs on steel imports, it could be U.S. farmers who are hurt. That is the calculation of former U.S. ITC commissioner Daniel Pearson. He notes tha...

Undermining 232 Rationale; Trump View Vindicated; MAAlicious

Undermining 232 Rationale The U.S. Commerce Department announced the results of its Section 232 investigation into imports of aluminum and steel. It was found that these imports are undermining national security and should be subject to both tariffs and quotas. The U.S. can assert a national se...

Heitkamp versus Cramer: It’s On!

A little “water cooler” office conversation (albeit conducted electronically) at WPI this week centered on handicapping the North Dakota Senate race now that at-large Republican Representative Kevin Cramer is apparently is about to throw his hat in the ring against incumbent Democra...

Origin Labeling Loser; War of Words; Taxes and Budgets

Origin Labeling Loser The U.S. beef industry feels embattled. After years of contending with health risk warnings about its product, marketers of plant proteins are now labeling their own products as “clean meat,” implying the same product at its base but qualitatively better. Prote...

TPP Necessity: Loss Aversion; What Protectionism?

TPP Necessity: Loss Aversion President Donald Trump has called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) a “disaster” and a “rape” of our country, but reality is going to make him crawl back to rejoin it and without gaining many changes. After months of briefings about the geo...

Historical Inequality; Fighting Fear; Not Innovative; Spinning Wheels

Historical Inequality This week President Trump resurrected his contention that a “reciprocal tax” should be imposed that equalizes the tariffs applied by the U.S. on imports with those applied by trading partners on equivalent goods from the United States. Such a move would likely...

Impact of Small Refinery Exemptions on the RFS

In August 2017, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ruled that the EPA was too strict in granting exemptions for small refineries under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Such an exemption is allowable if a petitioning refinery can demonstrate that compliance with RFS obligations w...

Rural Infrastructure; Chinese Countryside; EU Identity Politics; Ag Budget

Rural Infrastructure President Trump’s newly announced infrastructure plan gives some priority to rural areas by making them an early beneficiary of the funding match. A boost to rural broadband service is mentioned as a priority. Skeptics argue that the proposed federal portion cannot at...

A Look at "An American Budget"

President Donald Trump has been labeled – by friends and foes alike – as a marketing and branding wizard. He hasn’t lost that touch moving into the public sector from the business world with his unveiling of the administration’s FY 2019 “An American Budget” p...

Details on the Continuing Resolution

After a brief midnight shutdown, Congress approved yet another modified stopgap budget package in the early hours of this morning. This is the fifth continuing resolution (CR) for FY 2018. It was passed in the Senate at 2 a.m. (EST) by a vote of 71-28 and in the House at about 5:30 a.m. (EST) b...

Trump Triangulates, Canada’s Soft Underbelly

Trump Triangulates As one U.S. trade policy official described the situation, it is Alice in Wonderland, where up is down and small is big – a real fantasy. Republicans voted for a large increase in domestic spending that violates their once sacred Budget Control Act, and congressional De...

Scale in Africa; Theory versus History; Glyphosate Bubbling; Export Restriction

Scale Needed in Africa The Overseas Development Institute (ODI), a research group funded by governments, international organizations and development groups, notes the limits of rural advancement in Africa. Most development organizations advocate a focus on improving subsistence agriculture, but...

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