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Outside views: New re-export calculations a 'trick' borrowed from Democrats

February 21, 2017
The Wall Street Journal reported over the weekend that Trump administration officials have asked federal employees who calculate trade numbers to change how they do so – exaggerating trade deficits by not counting “re-exports.” For the Journal's editorial page, that's a “trick” used before by the “political left,” one that “ deserves to be hooted down as an attempt to manipulate statistics to assist bad economic policy.” What the paper's editorial page calls the “abuse” of re-export numbers was...


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