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Opinion Article Archive

Lifezette: Lighthizer Confirmation Could End Trade Policy Disputes

Kevin L. Kearns, 3/14/2017

President Donald Trump’s trade agenda appears to be in some disarray, and is in danger of provoking a “trade war” — but not with another country. Instead, it’s occurring within his administration. The Financial Times reported last week that Gary Cohn, head of the National Economic Council, is trying to sideline Peter Navarro, director of the newly minted National Trade Council.

The Hill: U.S. Steel’s costly battle against China’s cyber-hacking

Kevin L. Kearns, 3/13/2017

America cannot be a great power without a vibrant steel industry. Steel is the lifeblood of a healthy, wealth-creating manufacturing economy. That’s why every major industrial country goes to great lengths to support its steel sector — except perhaps the United States.

Lifezette: Abe Visit Sets Stage for Global Trade Shuffle

Kevin L. Kearns, 2/9/2017

Wait for it. Here comes the Tokyo delegation — with lots of shiny trinkets and flattering words for President Donald Trump.

Lifezette: America Gets Raw Deal Protecting Trade Partners

Kevin L. Kearns, 1/26/2017

The New York Times certainly loves the globalist agenda. In a misleading infographic, they recently touted the benefits that America gains from its military defense of Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. The Times has, of course, bristled at president-elect Donald Trump’s questioning of “what America puts in and gets out of global alliances.” And so, reporters Max Fisher and Sergio Pecanha offered a seemingly data-driven counter-assessment of U.S. military spending throughout the world—an obvious rebuke of the incoming president’s questioning of “internationalism.”

Lifezette: China’s Open Markets Hoax

Kevin L. Kearns, 1/19/2017

The global economic community got a news flash from Switzerland this week: China is the leading defender of global open markets and the global trading system — according to President Xi Jinping and the media echo chamber covering his speech. Pay no attention to Beijing’s many negative actions and attributes, folks. Please ignore the dictatorial one-party rule, the wanton disregard for human rights, the jailing of all political opponents, the squelching of independent labor unions. Overlook the egregious violations of International Monetary Fund and World Trade Organization obligations, including flagrant government intervention in markets, manipulation of currency, subsidization of industries, and dumping of a wide range of industrial products — including steel — on world markets.

Lifezette: Urgent Steps for Trump to Save American Manufacturing

Kevin L. Kearns, 12/23/2016

The all-important U.S. manufacturing sector is beset by a number of critical problems — particularly adversarial foreign practices. And while Donald Trump, the president-elect, campaigned on a loose platform of saving U.S. manufacturing jobs, halting outsourcing, renegotiating trade deals, and stopping trade cheating, the simple fact is that reversing the nation’s industrial decline will take a herculean effort, beginning with the adoption of a comprehensive national industry-technology plan.

Lifezette: Trump Faces Colossal Challenges to Restoring U.S. Competitiveness

Kevin L. Kearns, 12/22/2016

On the campaign trail this year, Donald Trump repeatedly cited the roughly $800 billion goods trade deficit that the U.S. racked up in 2015. It’s a stunning figure, to be sure — and one that accurately depicts the continued hemorrhage of American wealth and productivity as more and more of the nation’s working- and middle-class jobs disappear, and manufacturing establishments shut down or move overseas.

Breitbart: GOP Gets it Wrong on Tariffs, Right on VAT

Kevin L. Kearns, 12/19/2016

“Oh, no, a trade war,” moaned the Republican establishment for the umpteenth time recently, as Donald Trump suggested a 35 percent tariffs on goods made in U.S. factories that have moved offshore. “Tariffs?” it seemed to ask. “You’ll start a trade war…destroy global supply chains…hurt the very American companies and workers you want to help…The sky is falling!”

Investor's Business Daily: The Next President's Cyberwar

Kevin L. Kearns, 11/22/2016

As the Trump transition team works to determine the top priorities for the new administration, a very serious problem requires the immediate attention of the new president: the future of our manufacturing industry. A healthy manufacturing base is critical to America's survival, both militarily and economically. Yet China poses a significant threat to our nation's all important manufacturing sector.

Lifezette: Renegotiating NAFTA: How Trump Delivers

Brendan Kirby, 11/16/2016

Kevin Kearns, president of the U.S. Business and Industry Council, said tax reform, health care, and spending projects on roads, bridges, and other projects seem destined to crowd out trade as part of Trump’s first 100 days. But Trump, who won on the strength of voters in Democratic-leaning, blue-collar counties in the industrial Midwest, will be under pressure not to let the issue drop. Kearns said he expects the new president to take up NAFTA in the first six months. “I do think there’s going to be some sort of renegotiation,” he said. “The question is: How good will it be, and will it benefit the U.S. economy?”

Lifezette: Trump’s First Adversary: Institutional Free Trade Bias

Kevin L. Kearns, 11/11/2016

When Donald Trump embarks on his new trade agenda in January, he will face sustained resistance from those who opposed his primary and presidential campaigns — i.e., those whose views working Americans repudiated in the recent election.

The Huffington Post: Will Trump Capitalize On Mexican President Pena Nieto’s Offer Of A Face-To-Face Meeting?

Kevin L. Kearns, 8/22/2016

Mexican President Pena Nieto unleashed a real surprise this week when he offered to meet with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. It was a potentially wise change-of-heart for the Mexican leader. Nieto has previously said some unpleasant things about Trump, but he now seems willing to acknowledge Trump as the official GOP standard bearer. A Trump-Pena Nieto meeting, which could be totally private — with no press allowed, to prevent grandstanding by either side — might hand Trump a terrific (and possibly game-changing) opportunity to demonstrate statesmanship while boosting his standing among Latinos and other voters. Additionally, there are also surprising reasons why it would behoove Pena Nieto to forge more positive relations with his potential counterpart.

Lifezette: Free Trade Bromides Wrecking America

Kevin L. Kearns, 8/1/2016

Free trade not only cures cancer but also prevents aging! That should have been the lede of Douglas E. Schoen’s Fox News op-ed this week explaining his boundless, fact-challenged enthusiasm for free trade. If one believes Schoen, free trade and the global institutions supporting it are the wellspring of American exceptionalism and economic growth. Unfortunately, the opposite is generally the case. Free trade has hollowed out our economy and middle class, rather than supporting them.

The Huffington Post: Hillary Clinton’s Evasive, New Non-Policy On Trade

Kevin L. Kearns, 8/1/2016

Clinton campaign manager John Podesta told reporters earlier this week that Hillary Clinton and running mate Tim Kaine are “against the TPP before the election and against the TPP after the election.” Podesta was trying to allay the concerns of Sanders supporters, along with many others in the Democratic base, that Clinton, would follow in the footsteps of her husband if elected this November, and press for passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and other free trade deals.

Lifezette: GOP Platform Undercuts Trump on Trade

Kevin L. Kearns, 7/21/2016

Donald Trump has made international trade a signature issue, his triumvirate being immigration, trade, and national/personal security. Does the Republican Party platform’s section on trade reflect Trump’s views?

The Salinas Californian: California voters should think about manufacturing

Kevin L. Kearns, 5/26/2016

Voters are going to the polls this year with economic worries uppermost in their minds. Although the “headline” unemployment rate has fallen to 5.0 percent, the labor force participation rate remains near historic lows, indicating that many people who might work are not doing so. Discouraged workers have given up looking for work, and middle-class jobs with benefits are scarce. One issue ties these troubles together – manufacturing.

Great Falls Tribune: Montana voters should help rebuild manufacturing

Kevin L. Kearns, 5/25/2016

Voters are going to the polls this year with economic worries uppermost in their minds. Although the “headline” unemployment rate has fallen to 5.0 percent, the labor force participation rate remains near historic lows, indicating that many people who might work are not doing so. Discouraged workers have given up looking for work, and middle-class jobs with benefits are scarce. One issue ties these troubles together — manufacturing.

Breitbart: In Hanoi, Obama Ignores Government Report About Risks of TPP

Kevin L. Kearns., 5/24/2016

President Obama is overseas, making a big pitch for his “legacy trade deal,” the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). His rhetoric in favor of the TPP recalls his similar pumping of the Korea-U.S. free trade agreement. In selling KORUS to the American people, Obama claimed it was going to better the U.S. economy by providing new opportunities and new jobs. Instead, it has produced four years of trade deficits and tens of thousands of lost jobs.

The Hill: Why pursue the TPP when we know it won't work?

Kevin L. Kearns, 5/23/2016

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has just released its Congressionally-mandatedreport detailing the potential economic outcomes of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). And while the ITC puts the best possible face on putative gains, it’s clear from the study that the trade deal not only won’t provide any large benefits for the U.S. economy but will also harm our all-important manufacturing sector.

Domestic Manufacturers: U.S. ITC Damns TPP Trade Deal with Faint Praise

Kevin L. Kearns, 5/19/2016

The U.S. International Trade Commission has released a report on the potential economic impacts of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP.) And while the topline findings of the report suggest some minimal benefits, a thorough reading of the document reveals the trade deal's job-killing implications.

Sioux Falls Argus Leader: S.D. voters: Consider manufacturing jobs

Kevin L. Kearns, 5/17/2016

Voters are going to the polls this year with economic worries uppermost in their minds. Although the “headline” unemployment rate has fallen to 5.0 percent, the labor force participation rate remains near historic lows, indicating that many people who might work are not doing so. Discouraged workers have given up looking for work, and middle-class jobs with benefits are scarce. One issue ties these troubles together — manufacturing.

Bakersfield Californian: California voters should think about manufacturing when heading to the polls

Kevin L. Kearns, 5/16/2016

Voters are going to the polls this year with economic worries uppermost in their minds. Although the “headline” unemployment rate has fallen to 5.0 percent, the labor force participation rate remains near historic lows, indicating that many people who might work are not doing so. Discouraged workers have given up looking for work, and middle-class jobs with benefits are scarce. One issue ties these troubles together — manufacturing.

Carlsbad Current Argus: Voters should think about manufacturing at polls

Kevin L. Kearns, 5/12/2016

Voters are going to the polls this year with economic worries uppermost in their minds. Although the “headline” unemployment rate has fallen to 5.0 percent, the labor force participation rate remains near historic lows, indicating that many people who might work are not doing so. Discouraged workers have given up looking for work, and middle-class jobs with benefits are scarce. One issue ties these troubles together — manufacturing.

The Princeton Times Leader: Manufacturing should be on mind as Kentuckians head to the polls

Kevin L. Kearns, 5/11/2016

Voters are going to the polls this year with economic worries upper­most in their minds. Although the “headline” unemployment rate has fallen to 5.0 percent, the labor force participation rate remains near historic lows, indicating that many people who might work are not doing so. Discouraged workers have given up looking for work, and middle-class jobs with benefits are scarce. One issue ties these troubles together — manufacturing.

The Daily Journal: Voters must help rebuild manufacturing

Kevin L. Kearns, 5/10/2016

Voters are going to the polls this year with economic worries uppermost in their minds. Although the “headline” unemployment rate has fallen to 5.0 percent, the labor force participation rate remains near historic lows, indicating that many people who might work are not doing so.

Cherry Hill Courier Post: Voters must help rebuild manufacturing

Kevin L. Kearns, 5/10/2016

Voters are going to the polls this year with economic worries uppermost in their minds. Although the “headline” unemployment rate has fallen to 5.0 percent, the labor force participation rate remains near historic lows, indicating that many people who might work are not doing so.

The East Oregonian: Oregon voters should think about manufacturing when heading to the polls

Kevin L. Kearns, 5/6/2016

Voters are going to the polls this year with economic worries uppermost in their minds. Although the “headline” unemployment rate has fallen to 5.0 percent, the labor force participation rate remains near historic lows, indicating that many people who might work are not doing so. Discouraged workers have given up looking for work, and middle-class jobs with benefits are scarce. One issue ties these troubles together — manufacturing.

Russellville News Democrat Leader: Kentucky voters should think about manufacturing when heading to the polls

Kevin L. Kearns, 5/5/2016

Voters are going to the polls this year with economic worries uppermost in their minds. Although the “headline” unemployment rate has fallen to 5.0 percent, the labor force participation rate remains near historic lows, indicating that many people who might work are not doing so. Discouraged workers have given up looking for work, and middle-class jobs with benefits are scarce. One issue ties these troubles together — manufacturing.

Middlesboro Daily News: Ky. voters should think about manufacturing when heading to the polls

Kevin L. Kearns, 5/5/2016

Voters are going to the polls this year with economic worries uppermost in their minds. Although the “headline” unemployment rate has fallen to 5.0 percent, the labor force participation rate remains near historic lows, indicating that many people who might work are not doing so. Discouraged workers have given up looking for work, and middle-class jobs with benefits are scarce. One issue ties these troubles together — manufacturing.

The Muncie Star Press: Voters should think about manufacturing

Kevin L. Kearns, 4/23/2016

Voters are going to the polls this year with economic worries uppermost in their minds. Although the “headline” unemployment rate has fallen to 5.0 percent, the labor force participation rate remains near historic lows, indicating that many people who might work are not doing so. Discouraged workers have given up looking for work, and middle-class jobs with benefits are scarce. One issue ties these troubles together — manufacturing.

Breitbart: What Donald Trump Gets Right, and Wrong, on Trade

Kevin L. Kearns, 4/23/2016

An absolute torrent of pro “free-trade” commentary has been unleashed since Donald Trump emerged as the Republican frontrunner. Economists, reporters, and pundits have argued vigorously in favor of the free-trade status quo, opposing Trump’s plans to renegotiate trade deals and perhaps impose tariffs. Although their approaches vary somewhat, all argue that deficits don’t matter and trade is working as advertised to benefit Americans. Thus Trump is largely wrong in highlighting trade deficits and unfair foreign practices, and we shouldn’t tamper with current trade arrangements.

Providence Journal: Manufacturing decline batters middle class

Kevin L. Kearns, 4/23/2016

Voters are going to the polls this year with economic worries uppermost in their minds. Although the “headline” unemployment rate has fallen to 5.0 percent, the labor force participation rate remains near historic lows, indicating that many people who might work are not doing so. Discouraged workers have given up looking for work, and middle-class jobs with benefits are scarce. One issue ties these troubles together — manufacturing.

Gering Citizen: Think about manufacturing at polls

Kevin L. Kearns, 4/22/2016

Voters are going to the polls this year with economic worries uppermost in their minds. Although the headline unemployment rate has fallen to 5 percent, the labor force participation rate remains near historic lows, indicating that many people who might work are not doing so. Discouraged workers have given up looking for work, and middle-class jobs with benefits are scarce. One issue ties these troubles together — manufacturing.

Martinsville Reporter-Times: Voters should think about manufacturing

Kevin L. Kearns, 4/22/2016

Voters are going to the polls this year with economic worries uppermost in their minds. Although the “headline” unemployment rate has fallen to 5 percent, the labor force participation rate remains near historic lows, indicating that many people who might work are not doing so. Discouraged workers have given up looking for work, and middle-class jobs with benefits are scarce. One issue ties these troubles together — manufacturing.

Huffington Post: Where Donald Trump is Right..and Wrong, on Trade.

Kevin L. Kearns, 4/22/2016

An absolute torrent of pro ‘free-trade’ commentary has been unleashed since Donald Trump emerged as the Republican frontrunner. Economists, reporters, and pundits have argued vigorously in favor of the free-trade status quo, opposing Trump’s plans to renegotiate trade deals and perhaps impose tariffs. Although their approaches vary, all argue trade deficits don’t matter and trade is working as advertised to benefit Americans. Thus Trump is largely wrong highlighting trade deficits and unfair foreign practices, and we shouldn’t tamper with current trade arrangements.

Johnstown Tribune Democrat: Growing dependence on mineral imports a problem

Kevin L. Kearns, 4/22/2016

Voters are going to the polls this year with economic worries uppermost in their minds. Although the “headline” unemployment rate has fallen to 5.0 percent, the labor force participation rate remains near historic lows, indicating that many people who might work are not doing so.

The Westerly Sun: Will voters think of manufacturing?

Kevin L. Kearns, 4/22/2016

Voters are going to the polls this year with economic worries uppermost in their minds. Although the “headline” unemployment rate has fallen to 5 percent, the labor force participation rate remains near historic lows, indicating that many people who might work are not doing so. Discouraged workers have given up looking for work, and middle-class jobs with benefits are scarce. One issue ties these troubles together — manufacturing.

The Northwest Indiana Times: Voters key to manufacturing revival

Kevin L. Kearns, 4/20/2016

Voters are going to the polls this year with economic worries uppermost in their minds. Although the “headline” unemployment rate has fallen to 5 percent, the labor force participation rate remains near historic lows, indicating many people who might work are not doing so. Discouraged workers have given up looking for work, and middle-class jobs with benefits are scarce. One issue ties these troubles together — manufacturing.

York Daily Record: Think about manufacturing when voting

Kevin L. Kearns, 4/20/2016

Voters are going to the polls this year with economic worries uppermost in their minds. Although the “headline” unemployment rate has fallen to 5.0 percent, the labor force participation rate remains near historic lows, indicating that many people who might work are not doing so. Discouraged workers have given up looking for work, and middle-class jobs with benefits are scarce. One issue ties these troubles together — manufacturing.

The Shelbyville News: Think about manufacturing when voting

Kevin L. Kearns, 4/17/2016

Voters are going to the polls this year with economic worries uppermost in their minds. Although the “headline” unemployment rate has fallen to 5 percent, the labor force participation rate remains near historic lows, indicating that many people who might work are not doing so. Discouraged workers have given up looking for work, and middle-class jobs with benefits are scarce. One issue ties these troubles together – manufacturing.

Kokomo Tribune: Think manufacturing before going to polls

Kevin L. Kearns, 4/15/2016

Voters are going to the polls this year with economic worries uppermost in their minds. Although the “headline” unemployment rate has fallen to 5 percent, the labor force participation rate remains near historic lows, indicating that many people who might work are not doing so. Discouraged workers have given up looking for work, and middle-class jobs with benefits are scarce. One issue ties these troubles together — manufacturing.

The Elkhart Truth: Indiana voters should consider manufacturing when heading to polls

Kevin L. Kearns, 4/14/2016

Voters are going to the polls this year with economic worries uppermost in their minds. Although the “headline” unemployment rate has fallen to 5.0 percent, the labor force participation rate remains near historic lows, indicating that many people who might work are not doing so. Discouraged workers have given up looking for work, and middle-class jobs with benefits are scarce. One issue ties these troubles together — manufacturing.

The Lewiston Sentinel: Cast ballot for manufacturing

Kevin L. Kearns, 4/14/2016

Voters are going to the polls this year with economic worries uppermost in their minds. Although the "headline" unemployment rate has fallen to 5.0 percent, the labor force participation rate remains near historic lows, indicating that many people who might work are not doing so. Discouraged workers have given up looking for work, and middle-class jobs with benefits are scarce. One issue ties these troubles together - manufacturing.

Uniontown Herald Standard: US manufacturing in big trouble

Kevin L. Kearns, 4/13/2016

Voters are going to the polls this year with economic worries uppermost in their minds. Although the “headline” unemployment rate has fallen to 5.0 percent, the labor force participation rate remains near historic lows, indicating that many people who might work are not doing so. Discouraged workers have given up looking for work, and middle-class jobs with benefits are scarce. One issue ties these troubles together — manufacturing.

Rockland County Times: Manufacturing Matters to New York Voters

Kevin L. Kearns, 4/7/2016

Voters are going to the polls this year with economic worries uppermost in their minds. Although the “headline” unemployment rate has fallen to 4.9 percent, the labor force participation rate remains near historic lows, indicating that many people who might work are not doing so. Discouraged workers have given up looking for work, and middle-class jobs with benefits are scarce. One issue ties these troubles together — manufacturing.

Norwich Bulletin: Currency manipulation is biggest threat to US manufacturers

Kevin L. Kearns, 4/7/2016

Voters are going to the polls this year with economic worries uppermost in their minds. Although the “headline” unemployment rate has fallen to 5 percent, the labor force participation rate remains near historic lows, indicating that many people who might work are not doing so. Discouraged workers have given up looking for work, and middle-class jobs with benefits are scarce. One issue ties these troubles together — manufacturing.

Fairfield County Business Journal: Connecticut voters should support manufacturing

Kevin L. Kearns, 4/7/2016

Voters are going to the polls this year with economic worries uppermost in their minds. Although the unemployment rate has fallen to 5 percent, the labor force participation rate remains near historic lows, indicating that many people who might work are not doing so. Discouraged workers have given up looking for work and middle-class jobs with benefits are scarce. One issue ties these troubles together — manufacturing.

Amityville Record: Voters should think about manufacturing too when heading to the polls

Kevin L. Kearns, 4/6/2016

Voters are going to the polls this year with economic worries uppermost in their minds. Although the “headline” unemployment rate has fallen to 4.9 percent, the labor force participation rate remains near historic lows, indicating that many people who might work are not doing so. Discouraged workers have given up looking for work, and middle-class jobs with benefits are scarce. One issue ties these troubles together—manufacturing.

Capital Times: Voters should think about manufacturing when heading to the polls

Kevin L. Kearns, 4/5/2016

Voters are going to the polls this year with economic worries uppermost in their minds. Although the “headline” unemployment rate has fallen to 4.9 percent, the labor force participation rate remains near historic lows, indicating that many people who might work are not doing so. Discouraged workers have given up looking for work, and middle-class jobs with benefits are scarce. One issue ties these troubles together — manufacturing.

Niagara Gazette: Manufacturing matters to New York voters

Kevin L. Kearns, 4/4/2016

Voters are going to the polls this year with economic worries uppermost in their minds. Although the “headline” unemployment rate has fallen to 4.9 percent, the labor force participation rate remains near historic lows, indicating that many people who might work are not doing so. Discouraged workers have given up looking for work, and middle-class jobs with benefits are scarce. One issue ties these troubles together: Manufacturing.

Plattsburgh Press Republican: World trade should factor into voting

, 4/4/2016

Voters are going to the polls this year with economic worries uppermost in their minds. Although the “headline” unemployment rate has fallen to 4.9 percent, the labor-force participation rate remains near historic lows, indicating that many people who might work are not doing so. Discouraged workers have given up looking for work, and middle-class jobs with benefits are scarce. One issue ties these troubles together: manufacturing.

The Buffalo News: The next president must punish other nations’ unfair trade practices

Kevin L. Kearns, 4/1/2016

As New York faces a primary election, voters are keenly aware that the economy is struggling. And nowhere is this more evident than in U.S. manufacturing, which has contracted for four straight months and is in a recession.

Everett Washington Herald: Voters can help restore U.S. jobs

Kevin L. Kearns, 3/27/2016

Voters are going to the polls this year with economic worries uppermost in their minds. Although the “headline” unemployment rate has fallen to 4.9 percent, the labor force participation rate remains near historic lows, indicating that many people who might work are not doing so. Discouraged workers have given up looking for work, and middle-class jobs with benefits are scarce. One issue ties these troubles together: manufacturing.

Breitbart: Western Leadership is ‘Living in the Past’

Kevin L. Kearns, 3/24/2016

Kevin Kearns, the president of the U.S. Business & Industry Council, tells Breitbart News Daily host Stephen K. Bannon about his recent article, “Terror, Trump, Trade and NATO,” penned in the wake of the recent terror attack in Brussels.

Huffington Post: Is Trump Out of Order on NATO Scale Back?

Kevin L. Kearns, 3/24/2016

Just prior to the Brussels terror attack, Donald Trump questioned the value of the NATO alliance and the cost of U.S. participation. He clarified his remarks, saying he didn’t want to withdraw but was troubled by the cost of U.S. involvement—especially considering our burgeoning national debt of $19 billion. The debt has roughly doubled since the beginning of the Obama administration, and is completely unsustainable at its current rate of growth.

Breitbart: Terror, Trump, Trade, and NATO

Kevin Kearns, 3/23/2016

Just prior to the Brussels terror attack, Donald Trump questioned the value of the NATO alliance and the cost of U.S. participation. He clarified his remarks, saying he didn’t want to withdraw from the alliance but was troubled by the cost of U.S. involvement—especially considering our burgeoning national debt of $19 billion. The debt has roughly doubled since the beginning of the Obama administration, and is completely unsustainable at its current rate of growth.

Twin Falls Times-News: Remember U.S. Manufacturing When You Choose a Candidate

Kevin L. Kearns, 3/18/2016

Voters are going to the polls this year with economic worries uppermost in their minds. Although the “headline” unemployment rate has fallen to 4.9 percent, the labor force participation rate remains near historic lows, indicating that many people who might work are not doing so. Discouraged workers have given up looking for work, and middle-class jobs with benefits are scarce. One issue ties these troubles together — manufacturing.

St. George Daily Spectrum: When choosing a candidate, remember US manufacturing

Kevin L. Kearns, 3/15/2016

Voters are going to the polls this year with economic worries uppermost in their minds. Although the “headline” unemployment rate has fallen to 4.9 percent, the labor force participation rate remains near historic lows, indicating that many people who might work are not doing so. Discouraged workers have given up looking for work, and middle-class jobs with benefits are scarce.

Orlando Sentinel: Which candidate will save our manufacturing jobs?

Kevin L. Kearns, 3/14/2016

As Florida faces a primary election, voters are keenly aware that the economy is struggling. And nowhere is this more evident than in U.S. manufacturing, which has contracted for four straight months and is now in a recession.

Chillicothe Gazette: Remember manufacturing when you cast your vote

Kevin L. Kearns, 3/13/2016

Voters are going to the polls this year with economic worries uppermost in their minds. Although the “headline” unemployment rate has fallen to 4.9 percent, the labor force participation rate remains near historic lows, indicating that many people who might work are not doing so. Discouraged workers have given up looking for work, and middle-class jobs with benefits are scarce. One issue ties these troubles together — manufacturing.

Rockford Register Star: Remember U.S. manufacturing when you choose a candidate

Kevin L. Kearns, 3/12/2016

Voters are going to the polls this year with economic worries uppermost in their minds. Although the “headline” unemployment rate has fallen to 4.9 percent, the labor force participation rate remains near historic lows, indicating that many people who might work are not doing so. Discouraged workers have given up looking for work, and middle-class jobs with benefits are scarce. One issue ties these troubles together — manufacturing.

Asheville Citizens Times: Remember U.S. manufacturing when you choose a candidate

Kevin L. Kearns, 3/9/2016

Voters are going to the polls this year with economic worries uppermost in their minds. Although the “headline” unemployment rate has fallen to 4.9 percent, the labor force participation rate remains near historic lows, indicating that many people who might work are not doing so. Discouraged workers have given up looking for work, and middle-class jobs with benefits are scarce. One issue ties these troubles together — manufacturing.

Greenville Daily Advocate: Remember U.S. manufacturing when you choose a candidate

Kevin L. Kearns, 3/7/2016

Voters are going to the polls this year with economic worries uppermost in their minds. Although the “headline” unemployment rate has fallen to 4.9 percent, the labor force participation rate remains near historic lows, indicating that many people who might work are not doing so. Discouraged workers have given up looking for work, and middle-class jobs with benefits are scarce. One issue ties these troubles together — manufacturing.

Midland Daily News: Remember U.S. manufacturing when you choose a candidate

Kevin L. Kearns, 3/6/2016

Voters are going to the polls this year with economic worries uppermost in their minds. Although the “headline” unemployment rate has fallen to 4.9 percent, the labor force participation rate remains near historic lows, indicating that many people who might work are not doing so. Discouraged workers have given up looking for work, and middle-class jobs with benefits are scarce. One issue ties these troubles together — manufacturing.

The Bryan Times: Remember U.S. Manufacturing When You Choose a Candidate

Kevin L. Kearns, 3/5/2016

Voters are going to the polls this year with economic worries uppermost in their minds. Although the “headline” unemployment rate has fallen to 4.9 percent, the labor force participation rate remains near historic lows, indicating that many people who might work are not doing so. Discouraged workers have given up looking for work, and middle-class jobs with benefits are scarce. One issue ties these troubles together — manufacturing.

The Detroit News: Remember U.S. manufacturing when you vote

Kevin L. Kearns, 3/4/2016

Voters are going to the polls with economic worries uppermost in their minds. Although the “headline” unemployment rate has fallen to 4.9 percent, labor force participation rate remains near historic lows, indicating many people who might work are not doing so. Discouraged workers have given up looking for work, and middle-class jobs with benefits are scarce. One issue ties these troubles together — manufacturing.

Port Huron Times Herald: Remember U.S. factories when you choose candidates

Kevin L. Kearns, 3/3/2016

Voters are going to the polls this year with economic worries uppermost in their minds. Although the “headline” unemployment rate has fallen to 4.9 percent, the labor force participation rate remains near historic lows, indicating that many people who might work are not doing so. Discouraged workers have given up looking for work, and middle-class jobs with benefits are scarce. One issue ties these troubles together — manufacturing.

Waco Tribune: Dubious trade deals killing off U.S. jobs

Kevin L. Kearns, 3/1/2016

Voters go to the polls with economic worries uppermost in their minds. Although more job opportunities exist and the “headline” unemployment rate has fallen to 4.9 percent, the labor force participation rate remains near historic lows. Discouraged workers have given up looking for work altogether. Middle-class, family-wage-paying jobs with good benefits are scarce. One issue ties these troubles together — manufacturing.

State Journal-Register: Mineral dependence is a looming problem

Kevin L. Kearns, 2/17/2016

As poll after poll has demonstrated, consumers want to buy "Made in the USA." In fact, it's a fairly obvious proposition. Americans overwhelmingly recognize that unless the United States maintains a strong and diverse manufacturing base, the nation's overall economic standing will suffer.

Johnstown Tribune Democrat: Growing dependence on mineral imports a problem

Kevin L. Kearns, 2/17/2016

As poll after poll has demonstrated, consumers want to buy “Made in the USA.” In fact, it’s a fairly obvious proposition. Americans overwhelmingly recognize that unless the United States maintains a strong and diverse manufacturing base, the nation’s overall economic standing will suffer.

Altoona Mirror: We can’t rely on mineral imports

Kevin L. Kearns, 2/11/2016

As poll after poll has demonstrated, consumers want to buy “Made in the USA.” In fact, it’s a fairly obvious proposition. Americans overwhelmingly recognize that unless the United States maintains a strong and diverse manufacturing base, the nation’s overall economic standing will suffer.

Troy Daily News: Growing dependence on mineral imports a looming problem

Kevin L. Kearns, 2/10/2016

As poll after poll has demonstrated, consumers want to buy “Made in the USA.” In fact, it’s a fairly obvious proposition. Americans overwhelmingly recognize that unless the United States maintains a strong and diverse manufacturing base, the nation’s overall economic standing will suffer.

Quad-City Times: Dependence on mineral imports a looming problem

Kevin L. Kearns, 2/10/2016

As poll after poll has demonstrated, consumers want to buy “Made in the USA.” In fact, it’s a fairly obvious proposition. Americans overwhelmingly recognize that unless the United States maintains a strong and diverse manufacturing base, the nation’s overall economic standing will suffer.

Mansfield News Journal: Dependence on mineral imports a growing issue

Kevin L. Kearns, 2/10/2016

As poll after poll has demonstrated, consumers want to buy “Made in the USA.” In fact, it’s an obvious proposition. Americans overwhelmingly recognize that unless the United States maintains a strong and diverse manufacturing base, the nation’s overall economic standing will suffer.

Duluth News Tribune: Slow permitting devastating US mining, manufacturing

Kevin L. Kearns, 2/7/2016

Imagine if significant gold deposits were found in northern Minnesota. That would be a boon for Minnesota mining, since gold is in great demand for use in such diverse products as smartphones and solar panels.

Rockford Register Star: America's dependence on mineral imports is a looming problem

Kevin L. Kearns, 2/5/2016

As poll after poll has demonstrated, consumers want to buy “Made in the USA.” In fact, it’s a fairly obvious proposition. Americans overwhelmingly recognize that unless the United States maintains a strong and diverse manufacturing base, the nation’s overall economic standing will suffer.

Domestic Manufacturers Urge Major Changes in US-China Trade Citing Massive Leap in 2015 Trade Deficit

Kevin L. Kearns, 2/5/2016

U.S. Trade Deficit with China Sets Whopping New Record in 2015

Chillicothe Gazette: America’s dependence on mineral imports looms

Kevin L. Kearns, 2/1/2016

As poll after poll has demonstrated, consumers want to buy “Made in the USA.” In fact, it’s a fairly obvious proposition. Americans overwhelmingly recognize that unless the United States maintains a strong and diverse manufacturing base, the nation’s overall economic standing will suffer.

Real Clear Policy: Why We're Dependent on Mineral Imports

Kevin L. Kearns, 1/26/2016

As poll after poll has demonstrated, consumers want to buy "Made in the USA." In fact, it's a fairly obvious proposition. Americans overwhelmingly recognize that unless the United States maintains a strong and diverse manufacturing base, the nation's overall economic standing will suffer.

The Failings of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

Kevin L. Kearns, 1/26/2016

In a new op-ed at Polizette, U.S. Business and Industry Council (USBIC) President Kevin Kearns says the American public is now "highly skeptical" of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP.)

The New York Times: Talk to Beijing on Markets?

Kevin L. Kearns, 1/22/2016

To the Editor: Re “Making China’s Markets Transparent” (Op-Ed, Jan. 18): Scott Kennedy rightly criticizes the Chinese government’s manipulation of stock and currency “markets.” Such interventions are increasingly unsettling to global markets. His solution is to hector the Chinese by raising the issue at every opportunity. But harder talk and more public talk are inadequate.

Lifezette: The Case Against Obama’s TPP

Kevin L. Kearns, 1/21/2016

President Obama’s top 2016 legislative priority is passage of his legacy-building “free-trade” deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). But the American public is highly skeptical of TPP and its alleged beneficial economic effects.

Huffington Post: Bill Clinton's Trade Legacy Is Hillary's Burden Too

Kevin L. Kearns, 1/11/2016

Hillary Clinton recently asserted that Americans fare better economically under Democratic administrations than Republican ones. Campaign claims are always suspect. In this case, a lot depends on the definition of "better." Beyond that, there is the issue of the economic conditions and programs that are passed on to future administrations, such as the gathering recession that George W. Bush 'inherited' from Bill Clinton. To see if Hillary's claim holds any water, let's review a little history.

Domestic Manufacturers Launch New Anti-TPP Currency Ad Blitz on Capitol Hill

, 11/30/2015

Business group runs ads deploring lack of currency provisions in trade deal

Trading Away the Constitution

Kevin L. Kearns, 11/16/2015

With TPP, we are ceding to others the right to make our own laws and rules

The Wall Street Journal Painted a Free Trade Bullseye on Donald Trump. (They Started Firing, but They Missed.)

Kevin L. Kearns, 11/16/2015

The Wall Street Journal is going after Donald Trump with both barrels right now. Let’s be honest: They loathe the often abrasive businessman — but primarily for his views on trade, which don’t square with their free-trade fairyland.

Breitbart: Debate Moderators May Try to Sabotage Candidates Who Oppose TPP Deal

Kevin L. Kearns, 11/10/2015

There may be trouble ahead for the top candidates at tonight’s Republican debate, sponsored by Fox Business News and the Wall Street Journal.

Huffington Post: Domestic Manufacturers Call Full Text of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement a "Very Bad Deal for America."

Kevin L. Kearns, 11/6/2015

With the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement finally made public today, advocates for domestic U.S. manufacturing are calling the agreement a very bad deal for America.

Domestic Manufacturers Praise House Republicans Who Voted Against “Fast Track” Trade Authority

, 10/22/2015

Washington, DC. October 22, 2015. With the battle over approving the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) poised to heat up on Capitol Hill, the U.S. Business & Industry Council (USBIC) has officially honored 54 House Republicans who recently voted against “Fast Track” Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). Throughout Washington, this vote against TPA is widely seen as an early vote against the pending TPP trade deal.

The Hill: China’s yuan devaluation will roil US economic and trade policies

Kevin L. Kearns, 8/12/2015

It’s disconcerting to Congress when our foreign trading partners put the lie to President Obama’s victory claims. No, not the mullahs chanting “Death to America” right after the Iran agreement was concluded. This week it was China’s turn to undercut the president.

The Star Democrat: Vote against 'fast track' showed support for U.S. manufacturers

Kevin L. Kearns, 8/5/2015

America needs a strong manufacturing sector to sustain robust economy growth, one that creates new businesses, jobs, and opportunities for all.

Domestic Manufacturers Condemn Obama Scheme for Non-Binding Currency Consultations Outside TPP

Kevin L. Kearns, 7/30/2015

Domestic Manufacturers Condemn Obama Administration’s Scheme to Avoid Including Currency Provisions in TPP Agreement by Setting Up Separate Consultative Mechanism

Greek Bailout Can't Succeed without Ending German Mercantilism

Peter Morici, Ph.D., 7/21/2015

Greece has committed to more austerity and arduous reforms to keep the euro, but success requires equally significant but unlikely changes from Germany. Since 2010, Greek taxes are up and government spending is down a combined 20 percent. As freshman macroeconomics would predict, that pushed down GDP by more than 25 percent and raised Greece's sovereign debt to GDP ratio from 130 to nearly 180 percent.

Sun Journal: Fast Track

Kevin L. Kearns, 7/14/2015

America needs a strong manufacturing sector to sustain robust economy growth, one that creates new businesses, jobs, and opportunities for all. Manufacturing is responsible for 70 percent of US R&D, and often spins off entire new industries. But since 2000, American manufacturing has lost thousands of factories and 5 million jobs. The top reason: poorly conceived “free trade” agreements that Washington has pushed, including NAFTA, CAFTA, Korea, and China’s joining the World Trade Organization.

Poughkeepsie Journal: Fast track bad for American manufacturing

Kevin L. Kearns, 7/12/2015

America needs a strong manufacturing sector to sustain robust economy growth, one that creates new businesses, jobs, and opportunities for all. Manufacturing is responsible for 70 percent of U.S. research and development, and often spins off entire new industries. But since 2000, American manufacturing has lost thousands of factories and 5 million jobs. The top reason: poorly conceived “free trade” agreements that Washington has pushed, including the North American Free Trade Agreement, Central America Free Trade Agreement, Korea, and China’s joining the World Trade Organization.

The Baltimore Sun: Asian trade deal will cost American jobs

Kevin L. Kearns, 7/9/2015

America needs a strong manufacturing sector that creates new businesses, jobs and opportunities for all in order to sustain robust economic growth ("Senate vote moves Obama's trade agenda to brink of enactment," June 24).

The Dallas Morning News: Defend U.S. manufacturing

Kevin L. Kearns, 7/8/2015

America needs a strong manufacturing sector to sustain robust economic growth that creates new businesses, jobs and opportunities for all. Manufacturing is responsible for 70 percent of U.S. R&D, and often spins off entire new industries. But since 2000, American manufacturing has lost thousands of factories and 5 million jobs. The top reason: poorly conceived “free trade” agreements that Washington has pushed, including NAFTA, CAFTA and Korea and China joining the World Trade Organization.

Charleston Gazette-Mail: Vote against “fast track” showed support for U.S. manufacturers

Kevin L. Kearns, 7/7/2015

America needs a strong manufacturing sector to sustain robust economy growth, one that creates new businesses, jobs, and opportunities for all. Manufacturing is responsible for 70 percent of U.S. research and development, and often spins off entire new industries. But since 2000, American manufacturing has lost thousands of factories and 5 million jobs. The top reason: poorly conceived “free trade” agreements that Washington has pushed, including NAFTA, CAFTA, Korea, and China’s joining the World Trade Organization.

The Sooner Greece Defaults and Dumps the Euro the Better

Peter Morici, Ph.D., 6/26/2015

Greece and its principal creditors-the European Union, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund-should acknowledge that Athens will never be able to repay the €131 billion it owes, write down its debt and let the Aegean nation exit the euro gracefully.

Domestic Manufacturers: Many Phony Arguments used by TPA Proponents

, 6/24/2015

Several key trade points on phony TPA/TPP claims to remember as the Senate considers TPA: 1 — 95 percent of the world’s consumers do not live outside the United States. 80 percent of the world’s population lives on $10 a day or less. These people are not consumers in any sense that the American people would understand. They have no disposable income and cannot afford to buy American-made products. The consumers American businesses should want to reach are here in the United States.

The Hill: Whoops! We forgot to include the VAT in the TPP

Kevin L. Kearns, 6/24/2015

According to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has a big benefit: With a signed TPP, American-made goods will finally enjoy tariff-free access to consumers in countries like Vietnam, Malaysia, and Singapore. However, some tariffs will not be dropped immediately, but instead will be phased out over a number of years.

The Daily Item: TPP won't help Pennsylvania manufacturers

Kevin L. Kearns, 6/21/2015

President Obama has spent the past six years negotiating a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal behind closed doors. The agreement, repeatedly touted as a boost for America’s manufacturers and workers, would open the U.S. market to a slew of imports from 11 nations, including Vietnam, Japan, Singapore, and Malaysia.

Domestic Manufacturers Urge NO Vote today on Fast Track Trade Promotion Authority

, 6/18/2015

The domestic manufacturers of the US Business and Industry Council today urge Members of Congress to reject the Obama-Boehner-McConnell plan to ram through the Congress fast track Trade Promotion Authority. Using a trick maneuver that attaches the TPA bill to an unrelated pension bill, the Obama-Boehner-McConnell scheme attempts to resurrect the failed TAA/TPA bill of last week through a parliamentary maneuver, which greases the skids in part by avoiding at least one Senate cloture vote.

Huffington Post: A Pacific Trade Deal Won't Stop China's Reckless Rise

, 6/10/2015

President Obama repeats a mantra on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement: "If we don't write the rules, China will write the rules in that region...." But two recent revelations of major Chinese misbehavior -- another massive cyber hack, this time of the Office of Personnel Management database, and the build-out of South China Sea coral reefs complete with airstrips and artillery vehicles -- put the lie to Mr. Obama's claim that "if we write the rules," China (a) will have to conform to our business norms, and (b) will be constrained in its activities in the East and South China Seas.

Orlando Sentinel: 'Fast-track' won't help state's manufacturers: My Wordl

Kevin L. Kearns, 6/10/2015

Florida's economy is supported by a surprisingly diverse manufacturing sector that includes aerospace products, medical equipment, electronics, and semiconductors. Unfortunately, the Sunshine State has taken a hit in recent years, with the loss of 145,000 good-paying manufacturing jobs since 2000. The toll has been particularly evident in the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford area, which has lost roughly 13,000 skilled factory jobs in that time.

Breitbart: A Pacific Trade Deal won't Stop China's Reckless Rise

Kevin L. Kearns, 6/9/2015

President Obama repeats a mantra on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement: “If we don’t write the rules, China will write the rules in that region…” But two recent revelations of major Chinese misbehavior — another massive computer hack, this time of the Office of Personnel Management database, and the build-out of South China Sea coral reefs complete with airstrips and artillery vehicles — put the lie to Mr. Obama’s claim that “if we write the rules,” China (a) will have to conform to our business norms, and (b) will be constrained in its activities in the East and South China Seas.

Sidney Daily News: President Obama’s push for a TPP trade deal won’t help Ohio manufacturers

Kevin L. Kearns, 6/8/2015

President Obama has spent the past six years negotiating a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal behind closed doors. The agreement, repeatedly touted as a boost for America’s manufacturers and workers, would open the U.S. market to a slew of imports from 11 nations, including Vietnam, Japan, Singapore, and Malaysia.

Tiffin Advertiser-Tribune: TPP trade deal won’t help Ohio manufacturers

Kevin L. Kearns, 6/6/2015

President Barack Obama has spent the past six years negotiating a Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal behind closed doors. The agreement, repeatedly touted as a boost for America's manufacturers and workers, would open the U.S. market to a slew of imports from 11 nations, including Vietnam, Japan, Singapore and Malaysia.

Domestic Manufacturers Strongly Back Portman-Stabenow Currency Amendment

, 5/21/2015

Washington � The US Business and Industry Council today strongly encouraged Senators to vote to include the Portman-Stabenow currency amendment in fast track Trade Promotion Authority legislation. The amendment will place enforceable disciplines against the manipulation of currency for competitive advantage among the negotiating instructions Congress gives the Executive as the latter tries to conclude the 12 nation trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Port Huron Times Herald: Stabenow stands up for Michigan manufacturers

Kevin L. Kearns, 5/20/2015

For more than a decade, Michigan manufacturers have seen their export competitiveness undercut by countries that engage in “currency manipulation.” Recently, Sen. Dennie Stabenow took a stand against countries that illegally undervalue their currency when she offered an amendment to President Obama’s request for “fast track” trade authority. Stabenow wanted to make Congressional approval of any new U.S. trade deals contingent on strong action against overseas currency manipulators.

Lima News: Obama trade deal won’t help Ohio manufacturers

Kevin L. Kearns, 5/16/2015

President Obama has spent the past six years negotiating a Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal behind closed doors. The agreement, touted as a boost for America’s manufacturers and their workers, would open the U.S. market to a slew of imports from 11 nations, including Vietnam, Japan, Singapore, and Malaysia.

Huntsville Times: Obama trade deal won't help Alabama manufacturers

Kevin L. Kearns, 5/15/2015

President Obama has spent the past six years negotiating a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal behind closed doors. The agreement, touted as a boost for America's manufacturers and their workers, would open the U.S. market to a slew of imports from 11 nations, including Vietnam, Japan, Singapore, and Malaysia.

Battle Creek Enquirer: TPP would hurt Michigan manufacturers

Kevin L. Kearns, 5/15/2015

For more than a decade, Michigan manufacturers have seen their export competitiveness undercut by countries that engage in "currency manipulation."

Chillicothe Gazette: Obama trade deal won’t help Ohio manufacturers

Kevin L. Kearns, 5/15/2015

President Obama has spent the past six years negotiating a Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal behind closed doors. The agreement, touted as a boost for America’s manufacturers and their workers, would open the U.S. market to a slew of imports from 11 nations, including Vietnam, Japan, Singapore, and Malaysia.

Chicago Sun Times: Can a family business in Chicago stand up to Japan?

William Jones, 5/14/2015

My family bought the Cummins Allison Corporation in 1942. My grandfather and father worked hard to build a company that today is known worldwide for its commercial coin and currency processing equipment and counterfeit detection systems. We employ nearly 1,200 Americans, the large majority of whom reside in the Chicago area. These workers and their families, along with the thousands of jobs we help to support through our vendors and service providers, contribute significantly to the local economy.

Detroit News: Stabenow stands for Michigan manufacturers

Kevin L. Kearns, 5/14/2015

For more than a decade, Michigan manufacturers have seen their export competitiveness undercut by countries that engage in currency manipulation. This week, Sen. Debbie Stabenow took a stand against countries that illegally undervalue their currency when she offered an amendment to President Barack Obama’s request for “fast track” trade authority. Specifically, Stabenow wanted to make congressional approval of any new U.S. trade deals contingent on strong action against overseas currency manipulators.

Congress Must Impose Tough Currency Standards in TPP

Peter Morici, 5/14/2015

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, despite its description by President Obama as the most progressive trade deal ever, will bring at best very modest benefits to American companies and workers. More likely than not, job-destroying imports will outpace job-creating exports by a large margin. But without tough provisions to prevent currency cheating by our trading partners, TPP will do untold harm to the American economy.

Oakland Press: Trans-Pacific Partnership will put strain on Michigan manufacturers

Kevin L. Kearns, 5/13/2015

For more than a decade, Michigan manufacturers have seen their export competitiveness undercut by countries that engage in “currency manipulation.” Recently, Sen. Debbie Stabenow took a stand against countries that illegally undervalue their currency when she offered an amendment to President Obama’s request for “fast track” trade authority. Specifically, Sen. Stabenow wanted to make Congressional approval of any new U.S. trade deals contingent on strong action against overseas currency manipulators.

Waco Tribune: In TPP debate, remember our Pacific trade partners are not always on the level

Kevin L. Kearns, 5/13/2015

President Obama has spent the past six years negotiating a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal behind closed doors. The agreement, repeatedly touted as a boost for America’s manufacturers and workers, would open the U.S. market to a slew of imports from 11 nations, including Vietnam, Japan, Singapore and Malaysia.

Plain Dealer: Rob Portman right to raise currency-manipulation concerns in trade deal

Kevin L. Kearns, 5/12/2015

For more than a decade, Ohio manufacturers and farmers have seen their export competitiveness undercut by countries that engage in "currency manipulation." Recently, Sen. Rob Portman took a stand against countries that illegally undervalue their currency when he offered an amendment to President Barack Obama's request for "fast track" trade authority. Specifically, Sen. Portman wanted to make congressional approval of any new U.S. trade deals contingent on strong action against overseas currency manipulators.

Midland Reporter-Telegram: TPP won't help Texas manufacturers

Kevin L. Kearns, 5/4/2015

President Obama has spent the past six years negotiating a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal behind closed doors. The agreement, repeatedly touted as a boost for America’s manufacturers and workers, would open the U.S. market to a slew of imports from 11 nations, including Vietnam, Japan, Singapore, and Malaysia. In order to craft the TPP package, which now runs to thousands of pages, the president has relied on the advice of 600 non-governmental organizations, including many multinational corporations. Unfortunately, he has refused input from the one voice that should matter — the U.S. Congress. And that’s a real problem.

Breitbart: Should Congress Trust America’s Economic Future to this President?

Kevin L. Kearns, 5/1/2015

President Obama’s strategy in pursuing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has been altogether characteristic of his Administration’s attitude: “My way or the highway. So what were 26 freshmen Republican House members thinking when they recently signed a letter promising to work with the president on Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) – a mechanism that allows the TPP to receive just an up or down vote? Do these first-termers not realize that President Obama’s posture on trade policy represents the worst of all worlds, combining arrogance with incompetence while demonstrating little interest in soliciting advice from Congress as a co-equal branch of government.

Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel: TPP won’t help state manufacturers

Kevin L. Kearns, 4/27/2015

President Obama has spent the past six years negotiating a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal behind closed doors. The agreement, repeatedly touted as a boost for America’s manufacturers and workers, would open the U.S. market to a slew of imports from 11 nations, including Vietnam, Japan, Singapore, and Malaysia. In order to craft the TPP package, which now runs to thousands of pages, the president has relied on the advice of 600 non-governmental organizations, including many multinational corporations. Unfortunately, he has refused input from the one voice that should matter – the U.S. Congress. And that’s a real problem.

Doylestown Intelligencer: Obama trade deal won’t help Pennsylvania manufacturers

Kevin L. Kearns, 4/27/2015

President Obama has spent the past six years negotiating a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal behind closed doors. The agreement, touted as a boost for America’s manufacturers and workers, would open the U.S. market to a slew of imports from 11 nations, including Vietnam, Japan, Singapore and Malaysia.

Scranton Times-Tribune: Trade deal bad open for state manufacturers

Kevin L. Kearns, 4/26/2015

President Obama has spent six years negotiating a Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal behind closed doors. The agreement, touted as a boost for America’s manufacturers and workers, would open U.S. markets to a slew of imports from 11 nations, including Vietnam, Japan, Singapore and Malaysia.

Uniontown Herald-Standard: Obama trade deal won't help Pa. manufacturers.

Kevin L. Kearns, 4/26/2015

President Obama has spent the past six years negotiating a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal behind closed doors. The agreement, touted as a boost for America's manufacturers and workers, would open the U.S. market to a slew of imports from 12 nations, including Vietnam, Japan, Singapore, and Malaysia.

Kearney Hub: Trade deal won’t help Nebraska manufacturers

Kevin L. Kearns, 4/23/2015

President Obama has spent the past six years negotiating a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal behind closed doors. The agreement, repeatedly touted as a boost for America’s manufacturers and workers, would open the U.S. market to a slew of imports from Vietnam’s 60-cents-an-hour workers. Ten other nations, including Singapore and Malaysia, can likewise take advantage of this opening to the U.S. market, with industrial powerhouses like South Korea and China soon to follow. In order to craft the TPP package, which now runs to thousands of pages, the president has relied on the advice of 600 non-governmental organizations, including many multinational corporations. Unfortunately, he has refused input from the one voice that should matter — the U.S. Congress. And that’s a real problem.

Kevin Kearns on CNBC Asia and the Thom Hartmann Show

Kevin L. Kearns, 4/22/2015

USBIC President Kevin L. Kearns discusses the negative impacts of fast track trade authority and the Trans-Pacific Partnership on the Thom Hartmann show and CNBC Asia.

Centre Daily Times: Their View: Latest trade deal not good for Pa. manufacturers, workers

Kevin L. Kearns, 4/22/2015

President Obama has spent the past six years negotiating a Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal behind closed doors. The agreement, repeatedly touted as a boost for America’s manufacturers and workers, would open the U.S. market to a slew of imports from 11 nations, including Vietnam, Japan, Singapore, and Malaysia.

Industry Week: The Trans-Pacific Partnership Won't Help U.S. Manufacturers

Kevin L. Kearns, 4/22/2015

President Obama has spent the past six years negotiating a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal behind closed doors. The agreement, repeatedly touted as a boost for America’s manufacturers and workers, would open the U.S. market to a slew of imports from 11 nations, including Vietnam, Japan, Singapore, and Malaysia.

The Hill: Obama’s new trade deal represents massive executive overreach

Kevin L. Kearns, 4/17/2015

President Obama has a deal for America, two in fact: Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). TPA, or “fast track,” would force Congress to pass his TPP trade deal without exercising its constitutionally mandated duty to regulate foreign trade. Why? Because TPA does not allow Congress to alter even one comma in this secretly negotiated agreement. If someone were to walk up to you on the street and say, “Hey, I’ve got a great deal for you,” common sense dictates that you’d ask for the details. And if they said, “Don’t worry. I’ve been working on it for a while. Just sign here,” you’d rightly be reluctant. The analogy may be simplistic, but it fits exactly what Obama is now asking of Congress in requesting fast track to close out the TPP.

Washington Post: To be consumers, Americans have to earn a living wage

Kevin L. Kearns, 4/3/2015

In his March 26 op-ed column, “Income inequality is good,” George F. Will set out to confuse by conflating outsourcing and specialization and by equating the actions of individuals with those of nations. He suggested that the “choice to outsource” corn harvesting to Iowa or care of teeth to dentists are examples of how outsourcing works to the benefit of all. Just not so.

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