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Ron Johnson on Free Trade

 


Protectionism isn't the answer

Republican candidate for Senate Ron Johnson, a free trade advocate, toured a printing company in Onalaska where workers are nervous about being displaced. "Protectionism isn't the answer," Johnson told the equipment engineers on a day that also included a stop at the headquarters of family-owned Kwik Trip.

"That'll harm everyone's economies," Johnson said. "Real jobs are created" by keeping money "in the hands of the private sector."

Source: Morning Roundup in Milwaukee Business Journal , Aug 4, 2010

Sponsored sugar quotas & import tariffs to stabilize prices.

Johnson co-sponsored Sugar Reform Act

Congressional Summary:Sugar Reform Act:

Proponent's argument for bill:(Senators' opinions reported on politico.com) "We subsidize a handful of wealthy sugar growers at the expense of everybody in America," said Sen. Patrick Toomey (R-Pa.), whose home state boasts the chocolate giant, Hershey's. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), warned her colleagues against unraveling the commodity coalition behind the farm bill: "We forget that this is much bigger than a sugar program. It's much bigger than any one single commodity. When you single out one commodity, you threaten the effectiveness of the overall farm bill."

Opponent's argument against bill:(Food and Business News, May 2013): Users claim the sugar program nearly doubles the price of sugar to US consumers and has resulted in lost jobs as some candy manufacturers have moved operations to other countries. Producers claim the program has resulted in more stable sugar supplies, provides a safety net for growers and that world prices are often lower because of subsidies in origin countries, which would put US growers at a disadvantage should import restrictions be lifted. Producers also note that US sugar prices have declined more than 50% from late 2011 highs. They also maintain that jobs have been lost or moved out of the US for reasons other than sugar prices, mainly labor and health care costs, noting that candy makers' profits have been strong in recent years.

Source: S.345/ H.R.693 13-S345 on Feb 14, 2013

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