September 11, 2018
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This article originally appeared in The Federalist on August 31, 2018.
As the trade war between the United States and China continues unabated, President Trump assures the American people that China’s “unfair” treatment by will soon end. While eliminating tariffs is a good start to solving the problems facing American businesses, focusing on another sort of tariff may also prove useful. Thanks to convoluted international postage regulations, it is cheaper for Chinese businesses to ship goods to American consumers than for American businesses to ship to American consumers. While this is just one of many factors contributing to China’s massive export edge over the United States, it is one of few that defy market logic.
September 10, 2018
On Friday, September 7, IGO Watch submitted comments to the International Agency for Reserach on Cancer (IARC) regarding the revisions set to be made on the IARC Monographs Preamble. Previously, problems in the wording of the Preamble have led to faulty evaluation procedures by IARC, resulting in unnecessary product restrictions and undue concerns by governments and consumer groups. » Read More
September 6, 2018
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The tech sector is the latest industry to show signs of trouble stemming from President Trump’s trade war with China. A good deal of attention has been paid to how the President’s tariffs will hit Rust Belt manufacturers, which, paradoxically, are enjoying the benefits of the Trump administration’s tax reform of last year. The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) also highlighted how American retailer JOANN Fabric and their craft customers will be negatively affected by tariffs. In testimony given before the U.S. trade representative’s office in August, Jill Soltau, CEO of Joann Fabric and Craft Stores, “The resulting tariffs on these targeted products will cause substantial harm to our customers, our employees and the economy as a whole.”
July 24, 2018
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Washington, D.C.- Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA), representing millions of taxpayers and consumers across the country, slammed President Trump’s proposed $12 billion in aid to farmers impacted by foreign tariffs. The President’s announcement comes after the European Union, China, and other countries impacted by US tariffs announced billions of dollars in tariffs targeting a variety of American products, with the heaviest tariffs hitting US farmers.
July 17, 2018
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This article originally appeared in The Daily Caller on July 11, 2018.
Amid the prudent withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Accords last year, tempers flared and administration officials were harshly criticized by “green” advocates. The “ignorant” and “uncaring” decision by the administration, though, proved a reasonable response to a flawed process that dealt inadequately with climate change issues. Recent developments within the U.N.’s energy policy apparatus have affirmed that U.S. disengagement was the proper approach. Operational difficulties (including funding disputes amongst nations), red tape and poor project targeting have led to the resignation of Green Climate Fund (GCF) director Howard Bamsey.
June 27, 2018
This article originally appeared in Economics21 on June 20, 2018.
Fear-peddling about safe products now has a home at the center of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) research arm, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). This pseudo science labels hundreds of products from around the world as carcinogenic. Now, with the naming of Dr. Elisabete Weiderpass as new WHO directorin 2019, IARC has the chance to pivot to a more thorough, transparent process that safeguards everyone involved. » Read More
June 13, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) announced the World Cup Watchdog project to monitor taxpayer subsidies and privileges directed toward the World Cup. The move comes as the 2026 World Cup was awarded to the United States, Canada, and Mexico this morning, setting the stage for billions of taxpayer dollars to be directed toward the major sporting event. » Read More
May 29, 2018
This article originally appeared in Economics21 on May 23, 2018
The North American Free Trade Agreement may soon be in for an update, as the United States, Mexico, and Canada seek to revise the treaty. One important area needing more attention from negotiators is intellectual property (IP) protection for companies doing business up and down the continent.
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May 22, 2018
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This article originally appeared in the American Conservative on May 17, 2018.
Whenever the U.S. deploys soldiers to global hotspots such as Iraq and Afghanistan, the circumstances are hardly ideal. Complex counterinsurgency tactics cost substantial blood and treasure, and temporary gains rarely translate to long-term stability. But at least the deployments are public knowledge, and a code of conduct is in place to address civilian safety. Unfortunately, not all Pentagon (i.e. taxpayer-funded) missions are held to the same standards of warfare. The Department of Defense foots the bill for more than a quarter of the United Nations’ $7 billion annual “peacekeeping” budget. But the UN’s sloppily conceived missions fail to live up to their namesake, exacerbating global issues and resulting in human rights abuses. While U.S. leaders have been moving to curtail these annual contributions, they haven’t moved quickly enough. Taxpayers cannot afford to shovel billions of dollars a year to such an unaccountable organization mired in failure.
May 18, 2018
TPA submitted official comments to the World Health Organization regarding the First Draft Report of Independent High-Level Commission on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD). This report begins an international dialogue for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. » Read More
May 4, 2018
TPA led a coalition letter to President Trump pressing him to cut funding to the World Health Organization by 25%. To learn more about the internaitonal work that TPA is doing, visit IGOwatch.org.
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April 24, 2018
This article originally appeared on Inside Sources on April 18, 2018.
Deep in the thankless swamp of Washington, D.C., free-market think tanks and advocacy groups fight against overspending and taxation every day. As the ground zero of government malfeasance, limited-government organizations focus their attention on the nation’s capital. And while these groups are right to zero in on Congress and the administration, there exists harmful taxpayer-funded bureaucracies at an even higher level than the U.S. federal government. Enter International Governmental Organizations (IGOs), which comprise of organizations such as the United Nations (UN) and the World Bank. » Read More
January 23, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) reacted to the United States Trade Representative’s decision to impose unnecessary tariffs on imported large residential washing machines and imported solar cells and modules. TPA President David Williams stated that, “this questionable decision to levy new taxes on the middle class and job creators will establish an awful precedent and harm other industries.” » Read More
December 8, 2017
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On behalf of the undersigned organizations, representing millions of American taxpayers, we urge you to reject the unnecessary, overly broad relief recommended by the International Trade Commission in Inv. No. TA-201-76 – a safeguard investigation initiated by Whirlpool pertaining to the import of large residential washers. We urge you to carefully consider the effects of any relief that would harm American job creation, American economic growth, and investment in America. Whirlpool’s attempt to stifle U.S. competition and U.S. consumer choice by effectively prohibiting imports of washers and restricting access to parts is directly contrary to your job-creation agenda and the good work done by local leaders in South Carolina and Tennessee to attract investment by state-of-the-art manufacturers.
December 4, 2017
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This article was originally appeared in The Daily Caller on November 29, 2017
December 1, 2017 will be the five-year anniversary of mandated plain packaging of tobacco products in Australia. Despite being touted as a major victory for “public health,” the law hardly made an impact on smoking in the Down Under. In fact, according to the most recent figures, since plain packaging was introduced the number of smokers in Australia has increased for the first time in decades. And this increase was despite multiple increases in the tobacco tax as well. Lurking underneath the surface, however, are devastating unintended consequences of plain packaging that reach far beyond the Australian continent. The increase in the illicit trade of tobacco, due to plain packaging policies in Australia, the United Kingdom, France and Ireland has contributed to the astronomical rise in human trafficking in countries like the United States that don’t have plain packaging. » Read More
September 18, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – As President Trump prepares to address the United Nations (UN) on Tuesday September 19, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) calls on President Trump to demand fiscal accountability from United Nations (UN) and cut the billions of taxpayer dollars in funding for the organization. TPA President David Williams noted that, “The UN was established in 1945 to provide for an emerging global order, but has since become a bloated, ineffective bureaucracy. The organization’s lack of accountability is unacceptable, especially given that 22 percent of its funding comes from United States taxpayers.” » Read More
July 14, 2017
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This post appeared on the Property Rights Alliance blog on July 13, 2017.
Today the 2017 International Property Rights Index was released. This yearly publication of the Property Rights Alliance provides a measurement and comparison of the strength of property rights protection in 127 countries around the world, covering 93% of world population and 98% of the world GDP. Looking at Physical Property Rights, Intellectual Property Rights, and the Legal and Political Environment, the Index grades each nation on a scale of 0 to 10, where 10 is the highest value and 0 the lowest. The Property Rights Alliance firmly believes, as this index shows, that strong property rights protection goes hand-in-hand with prosperity and innovation. A well-defined, well-defended property rights system allows people to obtain the full value of their work, and allows them to bring out this wealth in the market economy.
June 28, 2017
Since its formation, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) has strongly supported the opening up of trade with other nations. Now, as TPA President David Williams visits Cuba this week, our organization seeks to highlight its support of trade liberalization with the Caribbean nation. Our embargo against Cuba has outlived its usefulness, harming American and Cuban citizens alike. The exchange of goods and services between two nations results in less poverty for both polities, regardless of the system of government present in the countries. TPA signed onto this coalition letter, organized by Americans for Tax Reform, in support of legislation which would open up trade with Cuba. The series of bills (H.R. 442, H.R. 351, H.R. 525) discussed in the letter would respectively lift the Cuba embargo, end travel limitations for Americans, and allow Cuba to loan funds from American institutions when purchasing agricultural products produced in the U.S. » Read More
June 26, 2017
The United States has been a stalwart, albeit imperfect, defender of intellectual property (IP) rights over the past few decades, ensuring that innovators have the right incentives to develop novel products and techniques The United States’ embrace of trade agreements with the rest of the world, though, means that enforcing IP is as difficult as ever. If US companies are unconvinced that foreign trade partners will honor patent or trademark rights, millions of dollars in potential transactions will go unpursued. The Global IP Center’s hallmark report on trade and IP gauges this problem via four case studies: Australia, Korea, Chile, and Canada. While the US has little issue cooperating with Australia and Korea on IP issues, the same cannot be said for Chile and Canada. » Read More
June 23, 2017
This article appeared in Inside Sources on June 20, 2017.
Listening to grave pronouncements of U.N. officials these last few weeks, things certainly don’t sound pretty. Proposed budget cuts to the organization would make operations “impossible,” and planned U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement spells a death knell for Mother Earth. But this alarmism is just a diversion away from the very real problems plaguing the United Nations. And by providing $8 billion a year to the organization, U.S. taxpayers are forced to enable the United Nations’ epic dysfunction and incompetence. » Read More