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  • Contra Foreign Travel Fearmongering, It’s Never Been Safer to Go Abroad

    Ross Marchand on July 3, 2019

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    This article originally appeared in the Catalyst on June 26, 2019. 

    As the summer of 2019 gets underway, more Americans than ever are packing their bags and exploring the world. According to data from the U.S. Department of Commerce, the number of Americans traveling outside the country has more than doubled over the past decade, from around 40 million U.S. citizen departures in 2008 to more than 90 million departures in 2018. But some lawmakers and bureaucrats are trying to put the brakes on Americans’ travel plans ⁠— particularly to the Dominican Republic — due to scary reports and speculation about a string of U.S. tourist deaths inside that country. Instead of using travel advisories and fearmongering to keep Americans at home this summer, policymakers should celebrate an ever-safer travel industry that creates jobs and tax revenue for millions in the U.S. and overseas. » Read More
  • IGO Watch Leads Coalition Urging Finance Ministers to Oppose Global Digital Taxation

    David Williams on June 27, 2019

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    . – Today, International Governmental Organization (IGO) Watch, an international watchdog monitoring the activities of international governmental organizations, and 39 organizations from 19 countries, sent a letter to Finance Ministers across the G20 urging the officials to oppose any attempts to weaponize global conversations about digital commerce to tax tech companies. » Read More
  • In the Land Down Under, Pro-Liberty Activists Pave the Way Forward

    Ross Marchand on June 6, 2019

    In the Land Down Under, Pro-Liberty Activists Pave the Way Forward
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    This article was originally published on on May 30, 2019.

    There are many reasons to take the nearly-24 hour trip to Australia, including seeing kangaroos, going surfing, and/or exploring the Outback (the region, not the restaurant). My experience was undoubtedly a bit out of the norm, as I traveled to the land “Down Under” on May 17 to attend the 17th World Taxpayers' Conference(combined with the 7th Annual Friedman Conference) in Sydney. Through attending this perfectly-executed conference, I got a rare opportunity to see liberty from a global perspective and ask participants from around the world about the struggles and challenges they face at home. 

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  • Bureaucrats Declare War on Bandages and (air) Bags

    Ross Marchand on May 24, 2019

    Bureaucrats Declare War on Bandages and (air) Bags Source: Emily Whiting/Dartmouth College via AP

    This article originally appeared on on May 14, 2019. 

    Almost always, key ingredients behind products we use on a daily basis have scary-sounding names. Octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (“D4”), decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (“D5”), and dodecamethylcyclohexasiloxane(“D6”) silicones, for instance, are essential in a wide range of products such as bandages, protective coating on aircrafts, and airbags.  Yet, to some officials in the European Union (EU), these silicones pose an unacceptable risk to the environment. Despite science-based, sober-minded assessments in other countries vindicating silicones, European regulators and the UN may soon make a plethora of products costlier and harder to obtain. Instead of doubling down on heavy-handed rules, bureaucrats should embrace a rigorous scientific evaluation process for the chemicals in question. 

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  • For Obscure Global Taxpayer-Funded Body, Everything Causes Cancer

    Ross Marchand on May 7, 2019

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    This article was originally published in on May 3, 2019.

    It’s bad enough that each year American taxpayers have to fork over billions of dollars to unaccountable global bureaucracies such as the World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO, which has a despicable track record of dubious travel spending and botched responses to health epidemics,  siphons off millions of these yearly proceeds to fund an obscure “research” arm called the International Agency for the Research of Cancer (IARC). Since 1965, the agency has evaluated more than 1,000 substances to determine whether or not they are carcinogenic, finding that all but one (the material that makes yoga pants and toothbrush bristles) may be dangerous to humans.  IARC also makes absurd judgements like placing bacon in the same category as plutonium and tobacco smoking. » Read More
  • WHO’s Misguided Anti-Alcohol Crusade Would Create More Capones

    Ross Marchand on December 3, 2018

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    This article originally appeared in Inside Sources on November 15, 2018. 

    When asked to fund “global health” efforts, money should gravitate toward disease eradication, water provision/purification, and pollution abatement. But when donors (read: taxpayers) don’t get the choice on where their money is spent, bureaucrats at the helm of international organizations lose all sense of priority. Case in point: the World Health Organization’s effort against conditions not caused by infectious agents, i.e. non-communicable diseases. On its website, the WHO lists “tobacco use, physical inactivity, the harmful use of alcohol and unhealthy diets,” brought on “rapid unplanned urbanization, globalization of unhealthy lifestyles and population aging.”

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  • Regulatory Reform- Comparing the Experiences of the US and Lebanon

    Ross Marchand on November 30, 2018

    Last month, TPA policy director Ross Marchand spoke at Balamand University and AZM University in Lebanon on the subject of regulatory reform, hosted by the Lebanese Institute for Market Studies. Below are his abridged remarks. 
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  • U.N. Report Shows Everything Wrong With Climate Alarmism

    Ross Marchand on October 22, 2018

    This article appeared in Inside Sources on October 16, 2018. 

    For those unable and unwilling to wait for Chicken Little’s coming sequel, the United Nations’ latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report provides a heavy helping of unnecessary alarmism and hysteria. The report’s authors warn that “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” are inevitable absent a radical, World War II-level effort to ratchet down fossil fuel usage to zero by 2050. At a U.S. taxpayer-funded level of $8 billion, the United Nations has an obligation to provide a levelheaded accounting of the facts, instead of jumping to fear mongering.

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  • At UN Security Council Meeting, Trump Must Sound Alarm on Wasteful Spending

    Ross Marchand on September 25, 2018

    This article appeared in The Daily Caller on September 24, 2018. 

    This week, President Trump arrives at the United Nations headquarters in New York City to lead the security council meeting. Though the issue of frivolous spending at the international governmental organization (IGO) will likely not be addressed, the Trump administration has set the admirable tone of cutting down waste and introducing much-needed oversight. President Trump has already begun to take action on the big-picture spending items,withdrawing $2 billion from the Green Climate Fund, a U.N. project rife with ineptitude and prioritization woes that ensure poor returns for taxpayers.

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  • You Won’t Believe How Much China Cheats The U.S. Post Office On Shipping Costs

    Ross Marchand on September 11, 2018

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    This article originally appeared in The Federalist on August 31, 2018.

    As the trade war between the United States and China continues unabated, President Trump assures the American people that China’s “unfair” treatment by will soon end. While eliminating tariffs is a good start to solving the problems facing American businesses, focusing on another sort of tariff may also prove useful. Thanks to convoluted international postage regulations, it is cheaper for Chinese businesses to ship goods to American consumers than for American businesses to ship to American consumers. While this is just one of many factors contributing to China’s massive export edge over the United States, it is one of few that defy market logic.

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  • IGO Watch Comments Submitted to IARC

    Ross Marchand on September 10, 2018

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    On Friday, September 7, IGO Watch submitted comments to the International Agency for Reserach on Cancer (IARC) regarding the revisions set to be made on the IARC Monographs Preamble. Previously, problems in the wording of the Preamble have led to faulty evaluation procedures by IARC, resulting in unnecessary product restrictions and undue concerns by governments and consumer groups. » Read More
  • Tech Will be the Next Tariff Victim

    David Williams on September 6, 2018

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    The tech sector is the latest industry to show signs of trouble stemming from President Trump’s trade war with China. A good deal of attention has been paid to how the President’s tariffs will hit Rust Belt manufacturers, which, paradoxically, are enjoying the benefits of the Trump administration’s tax reform of last year. The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) also highlighted how American retailer JOANN Fabric and their craft customers will be negatively affected by tariffs. In testimony given before the U.S. trade representative’s office in August, Jill Soltau, CEO of Joann Fabric and Craft Stores, “The resulting tariffs on these targeted products will cause substantial harm to our customers, our employees and the economy as a whole.” 

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  • TPA Slams President Trump’s Aid Offer to Farmers Impacted by Unnecessary US Tariffs

    David Williams on July 24, 2018

    Washington, D.C.- Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA), representing millions of taxpayers and consumers across the country, slammed President Trump’s proposed $12 billion in aid to farmers impacted by foreign tariffs. The President’s announcement comes after the European Union, China, and other countries impacted by US tariffs announced billions of dollars in tariffs targeting a variety of American products, with the heaviest tariffs hitting US farmers. 

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  • Green Climate Fund Needs to Keep its Money Clean

    Ross Marchand on July 17, 2018

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    This article originally appeared in The Daily Caller on July 11, 2018.

    Amid the prudent withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Accords last year, tempers flared and administration officials were harshly criticized by “green” advocates. The “ignorant” and “uncaring” decision by the administration, though, proved a reasonable response to a flawed process that dealt inadequately with climate change issues. Recent developments within the U.N.’s energy policy apparatus have affirmed that U.S. disengagement was the proper approach. Operational difficulties (including funding disputes amongst nations), red tape and poor project targeting have led to the resignation of Green Climate Fund (GCF) director Howard Bamsey.

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  • Possible Reform at World Health Organization’s Science Shop

    Ross Marchand on June 27, 2018

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    This article originally appeared in Economics21 on June 20, 2018.

    Fear-peddling about safe products now has a home at the center of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) research arm, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).  This pseudo science labels hundreds of products from around the world as carcinogenic. Now, with the naming of Dr. Elisabete Weiderpass as new WHO directorin 2019, IARC has the chance to pivot to a more thorough, transparent process that safeguards everyone involved. » Read More
  • Taxpayers Protection Alliance Launches World Cup Watchdog to Fight Soccer Cronyism

    David Williams on June 13, 2018

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    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) announced the World Cup Watchdog project to monitor taxpayer subsidies and privileges directed toward the World Cup.  The move comes as the 2026 World Cup was awarded to the United States, Canada, and Mexico this morning, setting the stage for billions of taxpayer dollars to be directed toward the major sporting event. » Read More
  • New NAFTA Needs Intellectual Property Protections

    Ross Marchand on May 29, 2018

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    This article originally appeared in Economics21 on May 23, 2018

    The North American Free Trade Agreement may soon be in for an update, as the United States, Mexico, and Canada seek to revise the treaty. One important area needing more attention from negotiators is intellectual property (IP) protection for companies doing business up and down the continent.
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  • When UN Peacekeeping Goes Horribly Wrong

    Ross Marchand on May 22, 2018

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    This article originally appeared in the American Conservative on May 17, 2018.

    Whenever the U.S. deploys soldiers to global hotspots such as Iraq and Afghanistan, the circumstances are hardly ideal. Complex counterinsurgency tactics cost substantial blood and treasure, and temporary gains rarely translate to long-term stability. But at least the deployments are public knowledge, and a code of conduct is in place to address civilian safety. Unfortunately, not all Pentagon (i.e. taxpayer-funded) missions are held to the same standards of warfare. The Department of Defense foots the bill for more than a quarter of the United Nations’ $7 billion annual “peacekeeping” budget. But the UN’s sloppily conceived missions fail to live up to their namesake, exacerbating global issues and resulting in human rights abuses. While U.S. leaders have been moving to curtail these annual contributions, they haven’t moved quickly enough. Taxpayers cannot afford to shovel billions of dollars a year to such an unaccountable organization mired in failure. 

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  • TPA Comments to World Health Organization

    David Williams on May 18, 2018

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    TPA submitted official comments to the World Health Organization regarding the First Draft Report of Independent High-Level Commission on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD). This report begins an international dialogue for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  » Read More
  • TPA Leads Coalition Urging President to Cut WHO Funding

    Taxpayers Protection Alliance on May 4, 2018

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    TPA led a coalition letter to President Trump pressing him to cut funding to the World Health Organization by 25%. To learn more about the internaitonal work that TPA is doing, visit

    View the full PDF letter here

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