Why do almost all pundits come out on the side of "free trade"? Well, who pays them? None other than the vested interests who benefit from "free trade". If anything, the near unanimity of the pro free trade position among media pundits is really just a clear reflection of venality more than any ideological bent or belief. There's more money to be made siding with money than against it.
In answer to Wallace and Anelovic, don't people in a democracy have a right to protect their standard of living? Or do you believe in democracy? For that matter, do you believe people have the right to form independent labor unions?
Is the lowering of living standards in 'developed' countries the proper way to raise living standards in poor countries? If that's what you believe, then you should say that directly, and in person, to someone in a "wealthy" country who is struggling as their living standard falls. Regarding 'generous social policies' are people suppose to forget about decent employment and settle instead for the dole?
You guys sound like liberal Republicans, like Bill Clinton - liberalistic verbiage draped over a Republican core economic agenda, a kinder and gentler Republicanism.
William C. Gilwood
San Dimas, ca
Feb 21 2007 - 3:23am