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David Beasley on Free Trade


Free trade must be based on fair terms

Free trade only works if it's based on fair terms, with an even playing field, with the same rules applied to all trade partners. Unfortunately, today, trade is neither free nor fair. Many foreign countries abuse their workers and subsidize their industries. They engage in predatory trade practices that destroy American jobs. They have few if any environmental regulations. And they pay slave wages to produce cheap products. To engage in free trade with such countries is a formula for disaster.
Source: Candidacy announcement speech Feb 9, 2004

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