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The Wall Street Journal‘s Mary Anastasia O’Grady remembers the forgotten man [2].  A slice:

Mr. Trump’s proposal to build new barriers to trade with Mexico ignores the harm that is sure to come to the armies of American factory workers, entrepreneurs and suppliers of business services who buy and sell across the border. Mr. Trump forgets these men and women at his own political peril.

And Gary Galles remembers the all-but-forgotten Gustave de Molinari [3].

My intrepid Mercatus Center colleague Veronique de Rugy is correct: Trump’s recent speech to Congress only further revealed the man’s economic illiteracy [4].  A slice:

One thing is certain: This is not the party of Ronald Reagan anymore. Republicans have gone so far off the rails that they not only gave standing ovations to calls for more government infrastructure spending, they applauded demands for blatantly protectionist policies. The GOP has apparently forgotten the fact that for decades it stood for free trade and pretended to want to reduce the debt.

According to a tweet sent by House Speaker Paul Ryan this morning, “Last night POTUS delivered a bold optimistic message to the America people.” No Mr. Speaker, he didn’t.

Speaking of Trump’s economic ignorance, here’s more from Ryan Bourne [5].

Alan Reynolds puts the recent, much-ballyhooed findings of Raj Chetty, et al., in proper perspective [6].

Exactly how robust is the American public’s support for Obamacare? [7]

Reason interviews Pietra Rivoli [8].

Charley Hooper reviews Henry George’s 1886 volume, Protection or Free Trade [9].  A slice:

George had a clear-eyed view of voluntary trade and showed how it is mutually beneficial and increases overall wealth. “If I trade with a Canadian, a Mexican, or an Englishman it is for the same reason that I trade with an American—that I would rather have the thing he gives me than the thing I give him. If I did not want the thing I am to get more than the thing I am to give, I would not wish to make the trade.” [VI.26 [10]] Those who worry that foreign companies are hurting us by “dumping” their underpriced products on American consumers have it exactly backwards. Wrote George: “There is no one who in exchanging his own productions for the productions of another would think that the more he gave and the less he got the better off he would be. Yet to many men nothing seems clearer than that the more of its own productions a nation sends away, and the less of the productions of other nations it receives in return, the more profitable its trade.” [XIII.1 [11]]

Russ Roberts asks “What do economists know? [12]

Here’s more from my colleague Larry White on monetary policy [13].

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