Originally Posted by ziggy29
I used to be a gung-ho free trader. Not any more -- it's killing us. I'm not a fan of protectionism, but I think the pendulum has swung too far in the direction of anti-protectionism.
I'm confused then. Exactly what are
you proposing? Maybe you are just venting (which is OK)? I can understand being upset at the prospect of a lower standard of living for US citizens, but I just don't see how we counter this when much of the rest of the world is very eager to achieve a fraction of what we have.
You mention lower taxes attracting business overseas. Well, our higher taxes go (in part) to support our higher standard of living (SS, Medicare, etc). It's all part of the same thing.
I guess I have to wonder, what makes a US Citizen so 'special' that their (our) higher standard of living should be protected at the expense of someone with a much lower standard of living? And if we use protectionism to keep jobs in the US, we are taking jobs away from others who are worse of than we are. If I may turn your "let them eat cake" comment around, it seems to me US protectionists are saying "let them eat cake" to the third world (and I'm not saying that to try to escalate it, I'm just trying to provide an alternate perspective)?
It ain't pretty, it ain't easy, but I honestly think we need to find a way to truly compete in this 'flat world'. And I'm in favor of some sort of reasonable minimum safety and pollution standards worldwide. Not sure how we accomplish that, I guess the 'Fair Trade" Coffee companies are a positive example.