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  •  I think Ron Paul would help with jobs, even (1+ / 0-)
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    though he does support free trade.

    He calls the "free trade" agreements "government-managed trade", but they could just as well be called "corporately-managed trade", because our gov't is in the pocket of big business.

    Getting rid of the trade agreements and the WTO would be a good start, and Ron Paul would do that.  Truly "free trade" would be an improvement over the corporate-protectionism that we have today.

    Also, returning to what he calls "honest money" would eliminate the distorting effects of currency manipulation which is done by many central bankers (i.e. the Federal Reserve, Indian central bank, China's central bank) in varous countries.  The dollar should be about 40% lower relative to many Asian currencies, which makes a huge difference for both blue collar and while collar jobs.

    I wrote about this in my diary Outsourcing to India will stop in 2.3 years

    Also, Ron Paul generally opposes "guest worker" visas.

    •  I checked on that (0+ / 0-)

      with Ron Paul...free trade...he does not support free trade..he promotes withdrawing from the WTO and all of them....
      He supports 'free markets' which is actually different... I wrote his campaign to ask him to clear up his freaking language about the subject because I thought exactly as you did...till I read what he really supports.
      The constitution mandates that congress regulate commerce...they've been refusing to do that for quite some time.

      Peace is a good thing. War is the ultimate political failure.

      by FreeTradeIsYourEpitaph on Sun Aug 05, 2007 at 07:31:47 AM PDT

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      •  Right, I mis-spoke or mis-wrote (0+ / 0-)

        As you say, Ron Paul is against all "free trade agreements", but he his in favor of free trade, as part of a free market.

        This is because the "free tade agreements" aren't really free of gov't interference.  Some are more than 1000+ pages and they have all kinds of corporate protectionism.  E.G. the "Australian Free Trade agreement" prevents the import of lower-cost prescription drugs.

        Also, they're unconstitutional, because they're done using Trade Promotion Authority which allows the President to craft the agreements, but the Constitution states that only Congress can regulate trade.

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