Site Meter Ogre's Politics & Views: CAFTA - Homespun Symposium

This week is the 30th question from the Homespun Bloggers! This week they're asking about the CAFTA:

Today, President Bush is expected to sign the Central American Free Trade Agreement. How do you feel about it and why?

Today on the Rush Limbaugh Show, Dr. Walter Williams entertained a number of callers that were dead set against it...how about you?


The post was posted last Friday, so that's where the "today" references come from.

I would think I'm with the majority of Americans on this one when I ask, "Well, what effect will it have?" I don't think this agreement will affect many people directly. And if jobs go overseas, the primary effect of that will be reduced prices across the board, so it's some good and some bad.

However, in the overall scheme of things, I have to oppose this "legislation." I've heard good arguments for it, in that it works to undermine Castro and other tin pot dictators in the region. If free trade can provide freedom to oppressed people, I support it! But I don't think it will. I think the dictators will reap the benefits of this sort of thing while the people will not.

In addition, I really don't see the need for it. I'm in complete agree with Ron Paul's assessment:

We don’t need government agreements to have free trade. We merely need to lower or eliminate taxes on the American people, without regard to what other nations do. Remember, tariffs are simply taxes on consumers. Americans have always bought goods from abroad; the only question is how much our government taxes us for doing so.

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