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George H.W. Bush’s Forgotten Debacles and Demagoguery

George H.W. Bush’s Forgotten Debacles and Demagoguery by James Bovard After former President George H.W. Bush died late last year, he was widely hailed as a great leader and patriot. At the National Cathedral funeral service, biographer Jon Meachan declared that Bush was a “twentieth-century Founding Father.” The minister of Bush’s church in Houston compared […]

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G.W.H. Bush Protectionist Follies, 1989-1992

Some folks thought I was too harsh on the late George H.W. Bush in my USA Today oped and on my Twitter comments. So here’s some of the articles I wrote on Bush’s protectionist debacles in the early 1990s. [The following piece was reprinted in two economics college textbooks] Wall Street Journal Wednesday, September 6, […]

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Bush Protection: The President and Free Trade (1992)

Some critics believe that Trump’s horrendous views on trade are a novelty. Here is a 1992 article I wrote for New Republic on the trade follies that permeated the administration of the late George H.W. Bush. The New Republic, January 20, 1992 HEADLINE: Bush protection: the president and free trade. by James Bovard Inviting Lee […]

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Why Government Never Learns: Mises Institute Speech

Here’s a link to my speech at the Mises Institute Austrian Economics Research Conference this past weekend in Auburn, Alabama.  I appreciated the opportunity to pay my respects to Leviathan.   I will be posting a few outtakes from this speech in followup blog posts. Mises President Jeff Deist featured much of the speech on his […]

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USA TODAY: Oreo and Trump’s Trade Policy Folly

USA TODAY, March 23, 2016 Oreo closure proof of losing Trump trade policy by James Bovard Trump’s ‘fair trade’ would deliver more ‘winners’ like sugar industry while American workers suffer. Presidential front-runner Donald Trump vows that he will “never eat another Oreo again” to protest the transfer of 600 cookie-making jobs from Chicago to Mexico. […]

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American Tariffs and Wars From the Revolution to the Depression

Mises Institute / Mises Daily American Tariffs and Wars From the Revolution to the Depression by James Bovard Fair trade is once again a rallying cry for many Americans. Many contemporary leftists believe that the U.S. government should impose restrictions or tariffs on imported goods that are alleged to have been produced by underpaid or […]

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