Government does not create jobs

By Rick Manning Government does not create jobs, the private sector creates jobs. This is the basic rule that gets obscured in the political back and forth over the economy.  And truthfully, it is very tempting to forget when you work for the government focused upon trying […]


Trump was right. Record goods trade deficit with China at $419 billion in 2018 underscores importance of trade agenda.

By Robert Romano We’re going to need a bigger tariff. It is hard to come to any other conclusion as the trade in goods deficit with China hit a record high in 2018 at $419.1 billion according to the U.S. Census Bureau , in the same year President Donald Trump levied 10 percent tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods shipped to […]


While not quite 3 percent yet, 2018 was the strongest economy since 2005 on growth and jobs

By Robert Romano President Donald Trump’s second year in office marked the strongest economic growth since 2005 at 2.9 percent, according to data compiled by the Bureau of Economic Analysis , beating every one of President Barack Obama’s years in office — for now. It was by a nose, and the numbers are still subject to revision. Obama’s strongest year was 2015, […]


U.S.-China tech balance of power at risk in FTC case

By Rick Manning Protection of intellectual property is one of the primary stumbling blocks in the ongoing trade negotiations between the United States and China. It is not being hyperbolic to say that China’s long-standing and on-going demands that intellectual property rights be relinquished by businesses accessing […]


Why conservatives are patronizing the arts and media directly and skipping liberal Hollywood — and need to do it more

By Robert Romano Hollywood and other aspects of the entertainment industry including music and publishing tend to be very liberal institutions, it’s no mystery, and a lot of the content it produces often reflects that. Sometimes the messages are subtle and sometimes they are in your face […]


Cartoon: AOC Math


Sprint-T-Mobile will help bring 5G nationwide and transform the U.S. economy forever

By Robert Romano At the Feb. 13 hearing of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, the proposed merger of T-Mobile U.S., Inc. and Sprint Corporation was considered by members of Congress, with T-Mobile CEO John Legere and Sprint Executive Chairman Marcelo Claure testifying. By the far […]


The Trump card on NAFTA to Congress: Vote yes on USMCA or U.S. pulls out of NAFTA

By Robert Romano At the Feb. 5 State of the Union Address President Donald Trump once again appealed to both chambers of Congress to adopt the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) reciprocal trade deal that will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). “Our new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement — or USMCA — will replace […]


Trump economy roars ahead with 296,000 new private sector jobs created in January

By Rick Manning Washington D.C. economy watchers were holding their collective breaths waiting for the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics to release its January surveys measuring individual employment and business hiring reports and the results were somewhat predictable. A huge gain in jobs created in the […]


Whether a good deal can be had with China may depend on how bad the pain China is feeling right now

By Robert Romano Last month, China reported growth of its economy in 2018 at 6.6 percent , the lowest in 28 years. The slowdown is real enough but whether it results in a grand trade deal by the U.S. and China may depend on how much pain China is really feeling at the moment. Is Beijing feeling the […]

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