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Despite a rough confirmation hearing, former Republican senator Chuck Hagel is likely to be confirmed as secretary of defense. Thus will end the public career of Leon Panetta, who also served as CIA director, White House chief of staff, director of the Office of Management and Budget and member of Congress.

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With an Arab Fall, if not Winter, dominating the Middle East, the U.S. is under pressure to intervene even more. Unfortunately, reliance on imported oil continues to entangle America and other countries in the Middle East’s volatile politics. Washington should free North America’s abundant natural resources instead.

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From our Nation’s founding, entrepreneurs, small business owners and small farmers have provided dynamic growth and innovation, creating a flourishing middle class. They have supplied cities and small towns with new products, processes and jobs. The Council on Competitiveness in a 2007 report said the United States leads all major industrial economies in the percent of the adult population engaged in entrepreneurial activity.

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RokStories Over the past few decades, due diligence practices and international trade activities have undergone significant changes. For example, companies have implemented increasingly sophisticated tools to evaluate risks and opportunities associated with corporate acquisitions. At the same time, firms of all sizes have developed complex and very efficient global supply chains. But serious problems persist.

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Too many U.S. policymakers, from Capitol Hill to the various executive branch agencies in Washington, tend to focus on foreign policies and foreign barriers when considering how best to improve the competitive prospects for U.S. firms. The presumption is that the major impediments to the success of U.S. firms are foreign born. Closed foreign markets, complex laws and regulations, overt flaunting of the trade rules, subtle protectionism, and unfair trade are the primary culprits that subvert the success of U.S. firms, discourage investment and hiring, and encourage offshoring of production.

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Exports are increasingly important to the United States' economy and American companies for a variety of reasons. For example, Martin Feldstein, Harvard Professor and a member of the Wall Street Journal's board of contributors, says during the last year, the rise in U.S. exports contributed more than 50 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) growth. This is especially impactful as the United States struggles to achieve higher levels of growth and lower unemployment, and since American consumer spending, which traditionally has been the engine of growth during past recoveries, is not performing well.

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Last year, over $1 million worth of goods crossed our northern border every minute of every day. And that doesn't include trade in services. As a result, Canada, with a population of 34.3 million, continues to be the United States' largest trading partner. What's more, Canada is the biggest merchandise export market for 34 American states, and the second biggest for another 11, the Canadian government says.

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If you haven’t heard the news, the U.S. is “on track” to double its exports by 2014, just as President Obama promised to achieve with his National Export Initiative (NEI). Launched in his State of the Union address in January 2010, the NEI is the centerpiece of the president’s trade policy. His stated goal is to double U.S. exports of goods and services from $1.57 trillion 2009 to $3.14 trillion in 2014, creating an estimated 2 million well-paying jobs in the process.

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The American transportation infrastructure—including ports, roads, rail and airports—is in poor shape. In fact, according to a bipartisan panel of experts and two former secretaries of transportation, Norman Mineta and Samuel Skinner, an additional $134 billion to $262 billion must be spent per year through 2035 to rebuild roads, rail systems and air transportation. And that estimate doesn’t include the costs to maintain and upgrade the nation’s ports.

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As we enter 2011, the American public is not feeling good about the future. According to a 2010 year-end Rasmussen Reports survey, a provider of public opinion polling information, only 31 percent of respondents said the country was headed in the right direction. A second December survey indicated that Americans were less optimistic about 2011 than any previous year since the question was first asked seven years ago.

This is understandable. The U.S. economic recovery is not vibrant enough to support job growth necessary to dent unemployment, which hovers near 10 percent. Although the short term outlook is less than stellar, the future of America is.

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