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  •  That's right! (0+ / 0-)

    Signed,

    Senator Smoot

    Senator Hawley

    •  Yet Japan is a very protectionist society (1+ / 0-)
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      BlueGenes

      As is China
      As is India
      As is Taiwan
      As is Indonesia
      As is much of Europe
      etc.
      etc.
      etc.

      And they are all teetering on the brink of Depression no doubt.

      Please.

      <div style="font-size:10px;text-align:center;background-color:#ffd;color:#f33">If the terriers and bariffs are torn down, this economy will grow - G. Bush

      by superscalar on Tue Nov 06, 2007 at 11:48:46 AM PST

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      •  Belarus, maybe? (0+ / 0-)

        Where in Europe is still protectionist?

        Shouldn't Germany be bankrupt?  For a couple decades now, they have had free trade with Spain, Portugal and Greece.  Now, countries like Sweden, the Netherlands and Germany have free trade with Romania and Poland.  Europe should be a chapter out of Lord Of The Flies by now, right?

        •  Apples and Oranges (1+ / 0-)
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          You're comparing trade policies between countries that have similar labor and environmental protections with trade between countries that don't. If there is no level playing field, its a race to the bottom. In America, we have standards that force companies to pay workers (relatively) well and avoid (relatively) desecrating the environment. The countries we have 'free-trade' policies with China, Indonesia, much of Latin America, don't have these standards. I don't know how you can be so blind to this.

          NAFTA, WTO, et al were originally sold as a way to increase standards in countries we trade with, while the real effect is that they are decreasing our standard of living and threaten to penalize our standards as being barriers to trade.

          Stop. Drinking. Corporate. Koolaid.

          This ballot is loaded, and I'm not afraid to use it.

          by BlueGenes on Tue Nov 06, 2007 at 12:40:00 PM PST

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          •  You're against corporate welfare? (0+ / 0-)

            In theory, tariff levels could be calculated to maximize employment and revenue for the government.

            But you know full well that's not how it works.

            Tariff rates and trade agreements will become law so as to maximize the benefit to congressmen who get to go on 3 week long fact finding missions to Bora Bora to research Tahitian tariff rates.

            I'll take my chances with individual consumers decided how to spend their own money.

            •  Thank You for the GOP Talking Point (0+ / 0-)

              I'll take my chances with individual consumers decided how to spend their own money

              Why don't we get rid of all taxes and all government while were at it?

              In fact, your arguement ties in well with this argument that the nation-state is inherently DOA.

              You sound more like a Republican than you realize, but I'll bet you don't think that's a bad thing either.

              This ballot is loaded, and I'm not afraid to use it.

              by BlueGenes on Tue Nov 06, 2007 at 01:54:31 PM PST

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              •  Like Pat Buchanan, Phyllis Schlafly & Lou Dobbs? (0+ / 0-)

                These days, the Corporate Wing of the Republican Party is in charge.

                But the Republicans are the party of Smoot-Hawley.

                And they are the party with many prominent members who don't think that Americans should be trusted to spend their own money as they see fit.

            •  Yes, I'm Against Corporate Welfare. eom (0+ / 0-)

              This ballot is loaded, and I'm not afraid to use it.

              by BlueGenes on Tue Nov 06, 2007 at 01:59:07 PM PST

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