December 2, 2007

THE DEMOKRAT/TANKREDIST NEXUS:

Democrats Make a Bad Trade (Steve Chapman, 12/02/07, Real Clear Politics)

So why do so many people, including approximately 100 percent of those who turn up at Democratic debates, hold [NAFTA] and other trade agreements in such contempt? One obvious reason is they want to appeal to labor unions, which generally prefer protectionism.

But Gary Hufbauer, an economist at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, suspects one reason lies in a different issue:
illegal immigration. Some NAFTA supporters thought it might generate enough growth in Mexico to keep Mexican workers at home. When the tide of illegal immigrants grew, it bred resentment here.

That reaction partly helps to explain the Democratic retreat. By denouncing NAFTA, the presidential candidates can appeal to Americans alarmed about our porous borders without offending Hispanic voters.

But they should remember two crucial things: Bill Clinton presided over an era of enviable prosperity, and he did more to expand free trade than any president since Franklin D. Roosevelt.


The natural political dividing line separates conservatives and Latinos from liberals and nativists.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 2, 2007 9:18 AM
Comments

Most conservatives ARE nativists.

Posted by: Brandon at December 2, 2007 6:04 PM

Most conservatives are Christians. Most nativists are Darwinists.

Posted by: oj at December 2, 2007 8:35 PM
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