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  •  The biggest problem (2+ / 0-)

    is now that the markets have been globalized, regulation in the US can put it at a disadvantage as far as global competition. So the answer is some kind of international concensus, which is like impossible.

    I am hoping that we might be able to learn a lot from what happens with the economic cooperation that we are seeing in Haiti.

    •  The alternative is regulating imports so that (1+ / 0-)
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      only products manufactured with environmental and worker safety and standards can come into the US, and violators will have to pay steep fines to sell in our markets.

      That way we force the rest of the world to come up to our standards (our idealistic 'liberal' standards) rather than constantly trying to bring US standards down to 3rd world levels. Why do we tolerate corporatists trying to literally turn the US into a 3rd world country. Low prices at Wal-Mart?

      Of course the rest of the world owns our debt and supplies our energy and has us by the balls...

      •  Still even that (0+ / 0-)

        if you regulate imports, you could be cutting your own throat, because those imports could be sold to a more 'friendly' market that imposed no standards.

        That is why this is all so complicated.

        •  Then again, the US is still the biggest market in (0+ / 0-)

          the world - so if some companies refused to meet our standards, others would, and they would profit. Or they would have to open plants in America. Oh my God - what a concept!!! It's sort of why California smog regulations helped all the cars in the country get lower emissions. Or conversely why Texas right-wing text books make all our children is learning worse. (that was intentional Bush grammar)

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