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Some Timely Common Sense and Perspective from Brian Wesbury on U.S. Trade

I've always found Brian Wesbury of First Trust to be insightful and a particularly good communicator of sometimes difficult to understand economic issues.  Here's his new Thoughts on Trade.  You can sign up for his free economic commentaries and Wesbury 101 Video presentations here. When the report on international trade came out earlier this month, protectionists were up in arms. Through February, the US' merchandise (goods only, not services) trade deficit with the rest of the world was the largest for any two-month period on record. "Economic nationalists" from both sides of the political aisle, think this situation is unsustainable. Meanwhile, some...

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Minnesota needs fewer rules and fees to solve its affordable housing problem, not more government spending

The 'affordable housing crisis' in Minnesota is a creation of state and local government. The solution is not to have them intervene more, as Governor Dayton proposes to do with his proposal to spend $100 million on affordable housing statewide, but to have them get out of the way. It is the regulations and fees imposed by these people that have created the problem. Stop imposing them. Get rid of the impositions that there are. Pursue a solution that actually deals with the causes of the problem. ...

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