Why It’s Enough to Make You Choke on a Pretzel
At his press conference in Chicago President Bush made the following comments,
I also believe strongly that we’ve got to open up markets to goods produced here in Illinois, goods and services. One way to make sure this economy of ours grows is to reject protectionism and be confident in our capacity to trade. I’m getting ready to go to the G8, and one of the topics there is going to be the Doha Round of the WTO, which basically — the commitment is that a world that trades freely is a world in which people are going to be able to find work here at home, and it means we have better capacity to be able to help lift nations out of poverty.
This coming from the President who, in a cheap political ploy, enacted steel tariffs. The same President that put tariffs on Vietnamese shrimp. This is the same President has done nothing about the Foreign Sales Corporation Tax (which The WTO considers a defacto subsidy). Basically, Bush has one of the worst track records on free trade for the last 30 to 40 years.