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  •  A protective tariff (2+ / 0-)
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    Sparhawk, Magick Maven

    would lower, not raise, living standards in the U.S. Poor people in this country would have to pay more for fewer goods.  It might also prevent standards in China from raising, as they wouldn't have the opportunity to go from rural poverty to factory labor.  These issues are important, but the U.S. shouldn't be so bold as to think our tariff policy can dictate internal Chinese policy.  

    Tariff reciprocity should be based on mutual labor and environmental standards, but we shouldn't conflate issues relating to inequitable division of the gains of trade with inherent problems with trade, itself.  Our tariff policy should more or less stay the same, but we need to hold out future reductions as possible leverage to get China to raise its currency, which would address a lot of the imbalances between Chinese workers/producers and between Chinese and American manufacturers.

    Trade agreements with developed countries like the South Korea deal don't strike me as too bad, but I haven't studied it closely.

    "This world demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind[.]" -- Robert F. Kennedy

    by Loge on Thu Jan 20, 2011 at 07:54:48 AM PST

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    •  tariffs are tricky things (0+ / 0-)

      but insisting on fair trade isn't the same as protective or retaliatory issues.

      We lack leverage with the Chinese to get too much more than some tweaking around the edges in a bilateral agreement.

      But my comment really was aimed at needing to improve our internal standards as in people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

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