Thursday, September 14, 2006
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Won't you take me to.... Think Tank Town?
I was recently made aware of a place called Think Tank Town. Washingtonpost.com edits and publishes columns submitted by 10 prominent think tanks on a rotating basis every other weekday. Each think tank is free to choose its authors and the topics it believes are most important and timely.
For better or for worse, the Council on Foreign Relations chose me to provide a precis of U.S. Trade Strategy:
U.S. trade policy is at a crossroads between pursuing freer trade or fairer trade. A free trade approach would jumpstart Doha by cutting agricultural subsidies or allowing greater cross-border movement of foreign workers; pursuing free trade agreements with South Korea, India, or Japan if the Doha round cannot be restarted, and pledging an all-out political push for the renewal of TPA in early 2007. A fair trade approach would refuse to make further concessions in the Doha round of negotiations until developing countries and the European Union demonstrate a greater receptivity to American exports; halting bilateral free trade agreements with developing countries; and relying more on "managed trade" arrangements, unilateral trade sanctions, escape clauses and safeguard mechanisms to rebalance U.S. trade.Go check it out. posted by Dan on 09.14.06 at 11:37 PM
Gee whiz, those selfish American workers are upset about losing their jobs and are calling their elected representatives - imagine that.
There will be US concensus on expanding trade only when the trickle up (torrent up) economics ends.
Hank Paulson is doing quite well, thank you, so he is quite comfortable doing business with China. Not so everyone.posted by: save_the_rustbelt on 09.14.06 at 11:37 PM [permalink]
I will now have "Funkytown" in my head all day. Thanks a bunch, Dan.posted by: Cain on 09.14.06 at 11:37 PM [permalink]
Why do you call protectionism "fair" trade? Fair to whom? By what standard? I think neutral language would be more appropriate.posted by: srp on 09.14.06 at 11:37 PM [permalink]
Slowing down imports will encourage other countries to erect higher trade barriers against U.S. exports.
That wouldn't be much of a loss anymore, now would it?posted by: Lord on 09.14.06 at 11:37 PM [permalink]
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