Discussion in 'Current Events' started by rtwngAvngr, Apr 20, 2004.
Are you a protectionist?
Protectionism and withdrawal from world affairs is death for any nation. SO any American protectionist is automatically anti american.
Oh my god, are you Pat Buchanan. Can i have your autograph so I can wad it up and throw it away?
That's a rather simple-minded interpretation of protectionism. I believe in helping American producers, but not to the exclusion of other countries in our market. Can there be some comromise here?
Sure. I guess. I have no power or pull to bring to the table however.
Political Protectionism and Economic protectionism are both suicidal in the long term view.
Just saying that I do belive in the need/right of Americans to protect other Americans. But I agree, we cannot depart from world affairs. Quite contrarily, it seems we're immersed in them.
But protecting the economy,helping as you say, is destructive to our long term health. We get weak, from economic protectionism, and we will lose allies if we retreat politically. It's bad from all sides. Though certain voting blocks focus on specific short term advantages, it's still destructive.
Maybe it makes most sense to get out of domestic industries that are suffering, rather than trying to keem them alive? For instance, if it seems that the Italians are going to be able to make widgets at a lower cost than us for well into the forseeable future, then maybe we should just get out of the widget business. As opposed to "protecting" the U.S. widget producer.
I guess that even though I am a city boy, my sympathies are with the American farmer who seems to suffer the most. Am I right or wrong?
YEP. newguy is a protectionist. Do not follow him, for he is a false prophet!
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