This Week on America’s Business

By October 26, 2007America's Business

Americas Business with Mike HambrickTaxes, trade, entrepreneurs and baseball bats – “America’s Business with Mike Hambrick” hits for the cycle this week covering the issues affecting the U.S. economy.

With four free-trade agreements waiting for Congressional action, Representative Jim McCrery (R-LA), ranking member on the House Ways & Means Committee, stops by to explain the economic importance of boosting exports by lowering foreign tariffs. He walks us through the agreements, starting with the U.S.-Peru pact.

OMB Director Jim Nussle also talks about trade and the trade agreements in the second part of his “America’s Business” interview.

Joining Mike to talk about the importance of keeping the Internet tax free is Representative Anna Eshoo, a California Democrat. The federal moratorium on taxing Internet access expires on November 1, opening the door to new local and state taxes for logging onto the web. Eshoo supports a permanent moratorum. A four-year extension of the moratorium has passed the House, and the Senate approved a seven-year exemption yesterday.

The Call of the Entrepreneur” is a new documentary from the Acton Institute, using three compelling life stories to illustrate the virtue and creativity that lie at the heart of entrepreneurship. Jay Richards, director of media, tells us about the movie’s history and its goals.

Play ball! With the World Series at hand, we hear from Ron Vander Groef, manager of the Rawlings-Adirondack Bat Company in Dolgeville, N.Y. Ron explains the careful manufacturing process that leads to this seasonal high point. But danger looms: The bats are made from Northern White Ash, and a tree beetle is killing the trees.

In our regular segments, Renee Giachino of the American Justice Partnership gives us the heroes and villains of the tort reform battles; Hank Cox recalls “The Way it Was”; and NAM President John Engler’s “The Last Word” examines Internet, taxes and productivity.

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