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 By Don C. Brunell    Commentary    February 23, 2017

When You Dig Deeper, The President's "Tough Talk" on Trade Doesn't Sound as Good

When President Trump spoke to Boeing workers at its South Carolina production facility, he reiterated his campaign promise to bring jobs back to America. It is a goal we collectively desire, but it is much more complicated than his campaign slogan...

 By Don C. Brunell    Commentary    February 9, 2017

Washington Has Lots Riding on NAFTA

In 1993, President Bill Clinton was pictured holding a Washington State apple while promoting the virtues of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). That photo only underscored the importance of the agreement and our trade with Mexico and...

 By Don C. Brunell    Commentary    December 8, 2016

Removing Snake River Dams is Unwise

There are dams that should come down and those that shouldn’t. Hopefully, as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducts its review of the 14 federal dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers, that will become abundantly clear. Here is the difference. De...

 By Don C. Brunell    Commentary    November 12, 2015

Apply Navy's Nuclear Technology to Civilian Use

Today, many elected officials are fixated on tearing down coal-fired power plants and replacing them with solar and wind farms. But that isn’t practical, because when there is no wind or sunlight those plants produce no electricity. There is an...

 By Don C. Brunell    Commentary    October 15, 2015

Time to Reauthorize the Ex-Im Bank

By Don C. Brunell American companies are beginning to feel the pinch after Congress killed the Export-Import Bank last June. It is increasingly putting our manufacturers at a competitive disadvantage. Not only are we losing orders to foreign competit...