Honest discussion of free trade? In the United States?

From David Goldstein:

Maurice King worked for Joerns Healthcare, a medical furniture manufacturer, for nearly 43 years. Until suddenly one day, he didn’t.Joerns shuttered its plant in Stevens Point, Wis., in 2012 after years of gradually outsourcing work to China. It cut loose 175 workers. Now the 62-year-old former local steelworkers union president works a 2-11 p.m. shift at a fan factory.

No more local fish fries on Friday nights with his wife, or his side job for 25 years as town chairman in Dewey, population 975. He hasn’t yet earned a week of vacation. As for retirement? That’s been pushed back. More.

But maybe he can get food stamps and cheap dollar store goods from sweatshops in China. And another donorcrat billionaire is added to the world…

Reality check: In an actual nation state (unlike the donorcrat-run United States which lacks a southern border), trade policies are a strategy. In that case, whether they work would depend on whether they work for Americans. Clearly they don’t work for Americans but the donorcrats of neither party care.

When all else fails, there’s always welfare, after all, paid for by those who still work and don’t hold their money offshore.

See also: Divorcing The Donorcrats: Free Trade In The Real World

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Let’s see, I can either have a well paying job or I can buy crap I don’t really need at WalMart for a few dollars cheaper.
    Yeah, that’s a tough decision.

    When did academia start badmouthing the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act while remaining silent of a clinically retarded, or criminally negligent, Federal Reserve from 1932-1940?
    That was kind of like blaming 9/11 on Mohammid Atta’s Triple-Critical biorhythms.

  • Minicapt

    “… 62-year-old former local steelworkers union president …”: partially self-inflicted.


  • Alain

    What is sold as free trade has never been what it claims to be. As long as both the US and Canada lack real free trade between states/provinces, it is a farce to pretend it can function between countries. Furthermore, it could only work where the partners play by the same rules and standards. I also admit to having been sucked in a one time into believing it was a necessary thing, but I was mislead and completely wrong.