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Heritage Foundation on Free Trade

 


Trade barriers blame other countries but don't help recovery

    Recommendations on trade policy:
  1. Resist pressure to erect new trade barriers. Facing persistently high unemployment and a stagnant economy, some politicians may attempt to blame other countries for these problems and demand higher tariffs. However, raising trade barriers will not help our economic recovery any better today than it did in 1930.
  2. Unilaterally reduce US trade barriers whenever possible. Programs should be expanded to include more categories of imports and extended on a long-term basis.
  3. Eliminate trade-distorting agricultural subsidies. U.S. farmers and livestock producers increasingly rely on access to fast-growing foreign markets. Decisions about what crops to plant and what livestock to raise should be made by farmers, not legislators. Barriers to imported agricultural products should be eliminated along with government subsidies that distort agricultural production.
Source: 2012 campaign website CandidateBriefing.com , Nov 1, 2012

Pursue NAFTA, WTO, TPP, and others

Source: 2012 campaign website CandidateBriefing.com , Nov 1, 2012

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