Baseball Crank
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September 14, 2005
POLITICS: Mr. Chirac, Tear Down This Wall!

We already knew that George W. Bush was a (rhetorically) committed free trader, even if his actions haven't always lived up to his rhetoric (ahem, steel tariffs). But this call for the total worldwide abolition of trade barriers, as pie-in-the-sky as it may be under present international political conditions, ought to warm the hearts of conservatives, libertarians and Clinton-style liberals everywhere. Nothing wrong with shooting high and setting goals we can work to, even if it takes the next few decades.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 7:01 PM | Politics 2005 | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

Sounds to me like it's opening up the borders for rampant outsourcing, improve profits for Big Corportations, and further increase our unemployment numbers.

Posted by: ChiroDoc at September 14, 2005 10:44 PM

Free trade does not increase unemployment. Its absence, though, can lead to things like the Great Depression.

Posted by: The Crank at September 15, 2005 9:35 AM

And what makes you think that his rhetoric, like his spending restraint/never veto rhetoric will ever amount to anything? In addition to the steel and other tarriffs he has imposed, he signed into law the horriffic farm subsidies and prevents importation of medicines from Canada on largely nonsensical safety grounds.

Posted by: Adam at September 15, 2005 8:34 PM
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