@CatoInstitute Director (Econ/Trade), @DukeLaw adjunct, @TheDispatch newsletter-er. Chief Neoliberal Shill 2020. CH❤️RTS. You didn't read the article, did you?
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May 20 • 9 tweets • 3 min read
This tweet/thread below got me thinking abt what other store shelves outside of the USA looked like right now. So I asked some friends to send me pics from other countries. Obvs, anecdotes =/= data, but here's a quick thread of the pics I received this week (so far): /1
Canada - right across the US border. It's OK but there are some empty spots. (Are Americans crossing to buy here?!? Smugglers!)
Now let's head across the Atlantic... /2
May 19 • 4 tweets • 3 min read
NEW TODAY: @CatoInstitute is rolling out a new publication format optimized for quick/easy, digital (esp. mobile) & viewing - basically just scroll thru a condensed study in one sitting. An early project is my recent paper w @AlfredCObregon. Check it out: cato.org/study/free-tra…
But unlike the study, this version is supplemented with video, interactive charts(!), pics/quotes, and even new/different research that didn't make it in the paper - and it all "reacts" to your scrolling up/down the page. Examples:
May 12 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
1) Repeal all baby formula tariffs (tariff rate quotas) 2) Require the FDA to allow the importation of any formula approved by a competent regulator (EU, Switzerland, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, etc) 3) Reform WIC (eg, no more sole source contacts)
(you have to put the H at the end or it doesn't have the right tone)
Apr 4 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
"Iowa Farms To Lose 5 Million Birds To Bird Flu" minnesota.cbslocal.com/2022/04/02/iow…
"The new cases mean that across the nation, farmers have had to kill about 22M egg-laying chickens, 1.8M broiler chickens, 1.9M pullet and other commercial chickens, and 1.9M turkeys" 😳
More than 80 percent of our food comes from domestic sources, so we are clearly too dependent on these brittle supply chains and should thus outsource everything immediately. Right? Oh. cato.org/blog/empty-gro…
It'd be even BETTER to note that 1) we have those same types of duties on tons of other construction materials (eg, nails, floors, countertops); 2) those duties have been found in a new @CatoInstitute paper to increase US construction costs; AND... /2
People tend to think of ethanol as farm policy, but it's also a classic case of US industrial policy too. Seven mentions of it - and its costs, unintended consequences, cronyism, etc. - in my 2021 white paper on IP: cato.org/white-paper/qu…
Feb 5 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
Went to the mall. Foolish, horrible mistake. Never again.
And I KNEW I'd screwed up the second I got inside. But instead of just turning around like a sane, rational person, I forged on, traumatizing myself amidst a bustling mass of humans and tchotchkes for the next 45 - FORTY FIVE - mins.