jones act

The Jones Act Swamp

Last spring White House staffers presented President Trump with the opportunity to introduce a very interesting wrinkle to the Jones Act, the 1920 law that restricts domestic waterborne transportation to vessels that are U.S.-flagged, U.S.-built and mostly U.S.-owned and crewed.

Jones Act and National Security

The Jones Act has been a blight upon the United States for nearly 100 years. That the law survives despite its well-documented costs can in large part be ascribed to frequently-made claims it is vital to U.S. national security.

Such claims should be greeted with a skeptical eye.

The Dubious Defense of the Jones Act

The Merchant Marine Act of 1920, commonly known as the Jones Act, is impossible to defend with a straight face.

In Regulation: The Jones Act’s Bloody Cost

After some sorely needed scrutiny, the Trump administration has just announced that it will temporarily suspend an ugly piece of corporate welfare in order to speed aid to hurricane-stricken Puerto Rico.
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