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  •  On the first point (0+ / 0-)

    Is that really a trade tariff?

    On the second point, I'm not arguing that imposing work standards is a bad idea - on the contrary I'd support it - just that it won't solve the problem as it's being formulated - to stop jobs going overseas.

    Shoulder the sky, my lad, and drink your ale... A.E. Housman

    by ignatz uk on Fri May 11, 2007 at 09:59:29 AM PDT

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    •  To the extent that is will raise the cost of (1+ / 0-)
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      imported goods, it will adjust the comparative advantage within the trading system. Requiring locally relevant living wages, environmental protections and the right to organize WILL raise the cost of production and make US goods/services more competitive.

      To those who object because horrors, it will raise prices, the answer to that is to raise productivity at the same time. A worker that makes a decent wage, has health care and doesn't suffer in a polluted environment is MUCH more productive than the alternative.

    •  Well (0+ / 0-)

      Isn't that usually how it works?  You say "we'll impose an additional charge of XX% on countries that don't meet the following standards..."  That's basically a selective tariff.

      Read James Loewen's "Sundown Towns"!

      by ChicagoDem on Fri May 11, 2007 at 10:13:04 AM PDT

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      •  Sorry I meant is (0+ / 0-)

        preventing employers from going after cut-price labour a tariff?

        Shoulder the sky, my lad, and drink your ale... A.E. Housman

        by ignatz uk on Fri May 11, 2007 at 10:30:40 AM PDT

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        •  How else would you do it? (0+ / 0-)

          I'm probably missing something really obvious, but what other major source of cut rate labor is there?  The only other one I can think of is illegal immigrants, but the "progressive" solution to THAT problem is a whole big situation in itself.

          Read James Loewen's "Sundown Towns"!

          by ChicagoDem on Fri May 11, 2007 at 10:48:59 AM PDT

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