Author Archives: Tim Burrack


Tractor-Chasing Lawyers Stuff Their Own Pockets at the Expense of Ag Innovation

Tractor-Chasing Lawyers Stuff Their Own Pockets at the Expense of Ag Innovation

You’ve heard of ambulance-chasing lawyers who seem to turn up at accident scenes whenever they think they can convert a fender-bender into a contingency fee. Get ready to meet the tractor-chasers: a gang of attorneys on the hunt for clients in corn country. They’re trying to find farmers who will join a lawsuit against a […]


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 […]


The USDA of Europe

When Americans speculate that the United States is “becoming Europe,” we don’t mean that our art museums are getting a lot better. Instead, we worry about the encroachments of a growing bureaucracy that is smothering freedom and innovation. Last Friday, in an unexpected announcement, the U.S. Department of Agriculture took an unfortunate step toward Europeanization […]


Trade Barriers: An Unnatural Disaster

Late is better than never: President Obama finally has requested that Congress grant him Trade Promotion Authority, a power he should have requested long ago. The United States simply cannot pursue an effective trade agenda without a president who has the ability to bargain with other countries and send each proposed trade deal to Congress […]

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