Author Archives: Tim Burrack


Free Trade Is an Economic Necessity, Not Politics 2016

Free Trade Is an Economic Necessity, Not Politics 2016

When I meet presidential candidates here in Iowa, I always ask the same question: Where do you stand on free trade? That’s because for farmers like me, exports are an economic lifeline. About one out of every three rows of corn, one out of every two rows of soybeans and one out of every four […]


Trade to Give Cubans a Taste of Economic Freedom

Isolationism never works. That’s why President Obama was wise late last year to announce his intention to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba. The United States may open an embassy in Havana as soon as next month, when diplomats meet at the Summit of the Americas in Panama. It’s about time. We need to talk and […]

Joe Biden and Xi Jinping in Beijing

The Truth About Technology & Trade With China

Tensions around the Pacific Rim have taken a sharp turn for the worse, ever since China declared a new air-defense zone and projected its power over a small set of islands in the East China Sea. Vice President Joe Biden rushed to Beijing to confer with Chinese President Xi Jinping, but nothing seems to have […]


Constitutional Support for a Strong Trade Agenda

In the Declaration of Independence, American revolutionaries listed their grievances against the British king. Among his offenses, they said, was “cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world.” What a shame that a few members of Congress now think that another of our founding documents stands in the way of modern trade policy. […]


The Ill-Regulatory USDA

Shortly before last week’s long U.S. Independence Day weekend, the Obama administration announced that it would delay the employer-mandate portion of the new health-care law for another year. Some pundits suggested a political motive, saying that the White House wants to suspend the unpopular requirement until after next year’s congressional elections. Yet almost nobody pointed […]

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