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Should a new trade policy focus upon performance or merely process?

November 23, 2016

By Michael Stumo

I was in Washington last week discussing future trade policy with both GOP and Dem offices. What struck me is the focus on process in trade deals and a discomfort with performance based goals.

Should Trumpian trade policy focus upon bilateral deals?

November 23, 2016

By Michael Stumo

President-elect Trump said, in a video yesterday, that the first action he will take as President is to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Thank goodness.

Election Earthquake - The Working Class and Trade

November 16, 2016

By Michael Stumo

On Tuesday, November 8, in the evening, there was an earthquake. In the course of a few hours late that day, the expectations of most (but not all) flipped from an obvious Clinton victory to a massive and widespread Trump victory. Trade issues and the working class...

What CPA is Doing for You in DC This Week

November 16, 2016

By Michael Stumo

Building upon, and solidifying, our bipartisan gains on trade is crucial right now.  The TPP is dead. Trump and the House Democrats agree on a surprisingly long list of trade issues. The working class voters decided the election, in large part on the trade issue, and Trump...

When the Dust Settles: A Bipartisan Way Forward on Trade

November 09, 2016

by Michael Stumo

The Donald Trump win was a shock to Clinton supporters and apparently a shock to Trump’s own aides. What does his win mean for trade policy and the partisan positioning? 

Rational Nationalism: The bipartisan antidote to globalism's failures

October 25, 2016

by Michael Stumo

This is a great election season.  Why? Because the disparity between the utopian globalist elite and the various flavors (good and bad) of nationalism is in stark relief. We have a great opportunity for a reset whoever wins.

Yes, yes, I know that the political discourse is ugly....

My BBC World Radio debate with globalists

October 05, 2016

by Michael Stumo

Last Wednesday (10/5/16) I was a guest on BBC World Service with globalist economists Jeffrey Sachs and Pankaj Ghemawat discussing the future of trade and globalization.

TPP Status: Congress is in recess until after the election

October 03, 2016

by Michael Stumo

I was in DC last week focusing mostly on the TPP. Here is the current status.

US Chamber Remix: "Trade is Good, Tra-la-la"

September 14, 2016

by Michael Stumo

The US chamber is starting, as of this writing, a series of online columns to support the TPP. The first one is a misleading, theology-based, fact free, recycled ode which should be called: "Trade is good, tra-la-la".

Sovereignty Again at Risk at WTO: India challenging Buy America in the States

September 13, 2016

by Michael Stumo

This is a very big problem. Thanks to rigged trade deals promoted by the Clinton/Bush/Obama administrations, there is a new globalist attack on US sovereignty, our jobs, and states' rights. India is asking the World Trade Organization (WTO) to authorize penalties against eight states' Buy America rules in...