Monday, July 18, 2005

Half a League Onward

For some time it had been difficult to gauge how serious President Bush and his trade policy team are about pressing the case for CAFTA. Jeff Taylor of Reason Magazine, in his article today, gives free-trade partisans (who on more than one occasion have been memorably betrayed by the administration) a reason to revive a little optimism:

http://www.reason.com/links/links071805.shtml

The president seems not to mind offending the isolationist, protectionist Buchanan Right that still retains a considerable Republican constituency. Good for him. Particularly significant, and a revealing triumph, is Bush's confident debunking of protectionism's retarded cousin, xenophobia, on the question of the commie Chinese. Taylor interestingly points out how expansive trade policies are concomitant with stable, sensible immigration policies.

Incidentally, I have been to North Carolina; they do indeed grow a lot of hogs there.

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