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Democrats, at least the leadership, are way behind the curve on trade problems which undermine the US economy.

Yesterday, Bob Lighthizer, deputy trade rep for Ronald Reagan, had an opinion piece in the New York Times calling for tough measures against China in particular and "developing nations" more generally that attempt to game global trade in their favor.

If Democrats haven't yet succeeded in pissing away their credibility on labor and economic issues, they're about to do so. Lighthizer isn't the only conservative to do an about-face on "free trade."

If Democrats follow healthcare legislation with immigration reform while they ignore trading regimes that have decimated the wages of working-class Americans, they really don't deserve to be in office.

Bud Ilic

Bloomington, IL

Mar 23 2010 - 3:52pm