Eighteen years ago, a Democratic president signed the Bush free trade agreement known as NAFTA. Today the Wall Street Journal is reporting that our current Democratic president is pushing for a vote on the Bush free trade agreements with South Korea, Columbia and Panama. It seems, at least in the White House, that free trade continues to enjoy bipartisan support in opening up new markets to U.S. goods and lowering prices for U.S. consumers. I remember how fierce the opposition to NAFTA was, a leading reason for Ross Perot and the Reform Party's emergence, but it seems that now, as then, protectionism is on the wrong side of history. Is protectionism still alive and well? Is there still a debate over the benefits of free trade?