The Ripon Forum

Volume 47, No. 3

Summer 2013 Issue

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By LOU ZICKAR

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The Promise of the Pacific Rim

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The Promise of the Pacific Rim

By RT HON MIKE MOORE

New Zealand’s Ambassador to the United States discusses the importance of the Pacific Rim and why the U.S.-China relationship is the most profound relationship of our age.

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The Sky’s the Limit

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The Sky’s the Limit

By DAVID DREIER

U.S. resurgence and Chinese ascendance need not be mutually exclusive. Those who think otherwise misunderstand the nature of the problems and opportunities the world faces.

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The Importance of Pacific Trade to My State

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The Importance of Pacific Trade to My State

By C.L. “BUTCH” OTTER

Back from a mission to the Asia-Pacific, the Governor of Idaho explains why trade with the region is not only important to the people of his state, but the country as a whole.

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China’s Challenge to the United States

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China’s Challenge to the United States

By RICHARD BUSH

Recent trends suggest that world history is approaching a pivotal period – one where a big shift in the balance of power destabilizes and even destroys international order.

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The Renewable Fuel Standard: Bad for free markets

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The Renewable Fuel Standard: Bad for free markets

By BOB GOODLATTE

The Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee looks at a policy that started with good intentions but has resulted in numerous unintended consequences.

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The Demographic Case for Immigration Reform

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The Demographic Case for Immigration Reform

By JAMES H. JOHNSON, JR.

Because our native born population is aging, we cannot prosper in the global economy of the 21st century if we do not open our borders to others from abroad in the years ahead.

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The Biggest City You’ve Never Heard of

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The Biggest City You’ve Never Heard of

By SCOTT SMITH

The Mayor of Mesa, AZ and President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors explains how he and other Mayors around the country are leading America’s recovery at the local level.

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Replacing the Gasoline Tax with a Road User Fee

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Replacing the Gasoline Tax with a Road User Fee

By DENVIL R. DUNCAN and JOHN D. GRAHAM

With people paying less in gas taxes because of improved economy standards, a new source of revenue is needed to build and maintain our nation’s bridges and roads.

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Federal Reserve Transparency: Should We Want It?

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Federal Reserve Transparency:  Should We Want It?

By WILLIAM A. BARNETT

The appointment of a new Federal Reserve Chairman is unlikely to end calls for greater openness by an institution that has historically operated behind closed doors.

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