Articles by Spencer P. Morrison

America Has a Long Lever in Trade War With China

Reuters reports that China will exempt some American agricultural products from its latest round of tariffs. This is welcome news—particularly for our pork and soybean producers who’ve been on the front lines of the trade war. But what does the news really mean? Did China blink? Are they throwing us a bone? Or is just […]

America Needs Jobs, Not Chinese Imports

J.P. Morgan estimates that President Trump’s tariffs will cost American families up to $1,000 next year. We have heard this before and we’ll hear it again. But the fact is that tariffs have not yet—nor will they likely—increase the cost of living. Further, the myopic obsession with the price of goods ignores the more pressing […]

Tariff Delay Is Trump’s Christmas Gift to China

CNN reports that President Trump’s aides persuaded him to delay the imposition of the latest round of protective tariffs, previously scheduled for September, until December 15, 2019. How? They claimed new tariffs would “ruin Christmas.” Peter Navarro, Trump’s director of trade and manufacturing policy, defended the move saying that this was Trump’s, “Christmas present to […]

How Immigration Made 14 Million Millennials Homeless

Imagine a homeless man. Does he have a long, frazzled beard and unkempt hair? What do his clothes look like? Probably ratty and full of holes—moth nests in the pockets. Maybe he has a shopping cart full of cans and a mangy dog named “Rusty.” Although culturally ubiquitous, this characterization of the grizzled old hobo […]

Boeing Max 8 Lesson: Why Domestic Manufacturing Is Vital

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Free Trade and the ‘Cheap Goods’ Delusion

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Hadrian’s Wisdom: Why America Needs a Wall

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America Needs Big, Beautiful Tariffs

Jonah Goldberg writes that President Trump supports tariffs because he is “truly ignorant of some of the most basic” economic principles—or he is “deceiving the public” to push a hidden agenda. Let’s not mince words: Goldberg’s implication is that Trump is either stupid or evil for promoting tariffs. Goldberg is not alone. Economists like Steve […]

The Siren of Universal Basic Income

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Understanding the Democrats’ Vote Alchemy

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Do the Math: Trump’s Wall Is $25 Billion, Illegals Cost $165 Billion

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Dear Libertarians: Trade Deficits Matter

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America as O-Ring

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America: China’s Mercantile Resource Colony

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GM’s Case Shows the Weakness of ‘Free-Market’ Dogma

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Socialism Is the ‘Leeching’ of Our Time

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Dear Liberals: People Aren’t Commodities

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Illegal Immigration Hurts Black Americans Most

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