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Richmans' Trade and Taxes Blog
I just found a poll on FastTrack. It does not bode well for those who promote it. Here's a selection:
We are about to observe an extraordinary political event. Those Republicans who promote trade with mercantilist countries (countries that maximize their trade surpluses) are about to commit mass suicide. It is becoming clear that they are not only voting for America's continuing economic decline, but they are also voting for their own electoral defeat.
Hopefully, the Republican candidate for President will break with this lemming tendency. Just this week, Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin broke with the other Republican presidential candidates on immigration. Instead, he took a position in favor of the American worker:
My hope is that whoever runs for President in 2016 will reach out to those economists who understand trade (e.g., Peter Morici, Ralph Gomory, Clyde Prestowitz, ourselves). The majority of Republicans in Washington believe the myth that increased exports produce economic growth, even when imports grow faster.
We debunked that myth with a graph that we published in our American Thinker commentary about FastTrack (Fast Track to a Bad Deal). Here's that graph:
This graph shows that the slowdown in American long-term growth (shown in black) in recent decades closely parallels the worsening U.S. trade deficit (shown in blue), but has little to do with increasing U.S. exports (shown in red).
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