John Cox on Free Trade
Republican Party Chair, Cook County (IL)
A: I will never surrender the sovereignty of the United States. We absolutely have to secure the borders. We have to address the illegal immigration problem. We have to do it by putting some CEOs in jail. We have got to start enforcing the law against employing illegal aliens. That’s going to solve the problem. But we have to also make sure that we have trade with other countries. So, I’m not interested in giving up our sovereignty, but I am interested in opening up channels of trade, because, you know what, we benefit when we sell Microsoft software and we sell cell phones made by Motorola around the world.
A: The flight of manufacturing from the US has significantly weakened our economy and our standing for the future. We cannot stop other countries from growing but we can change our own policies to keep business here. The FAIR tax would end discrimination against domestic manufacturers. Regulation also needs to be streamlined for the US to stay competitive.
Q: Should American companies be legislatively punished for outsourcing labor to overseas nations?
A: No--the Congress should not step in the place of the free market. But the legislature should respond to problems and moving jobs overseas is a problem. You address problem by addressing the reasons why it is happening. In this case, jobs are moving overseas because of our taxation, regulation and litigation burdens. Change those and we will keep more jobs here.
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