POST-GAZETTE - Res Publica
by David Trumbull
December 28, 2007
Two recent news items.
And more job losses are coming. Charbert division of Narrow Fabrics of America will close in early 2008, affecting about 100 workers in Alton, R.I. Charbert does knitting, dyeing, and finishing of wide elastic fabrics for apparel and medical applications. That follows the loss of nearly 1,000 jobs in Fall River, Mass., when upholstery fabric maker Quaker Fabric Corporation closed--another victim of America’s failed trade policies.
Some weeks ago in this space I wrote “Now both parties in Washington are totally in the grip of free-trade ideologues who believe that we should get all our goods and services from workers in other nations (or from illegal aliens within our borders); rely on an intrusive and abusive system of direct taxation; and pay for the whole thing through personal and public indebtedness. Common sense tells us that we cannot borrow our way to prosperity. Sadly for our future, none of the leading presidential candidates in either party seems to have common sense.”
I owe you a correction.
Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul says: “So called free trade deals and world governmental organizations like the International Criminal Court (ICC), NAFTA, GATT, WTO, and CAFTA are a threat to our independence as a nation. They transfer power from our government to unelected foreign elites. “
And Republican candidate Duncan Hunter says:
Hear much about these candidates in “main stream media? Of course not. It’s not that there aren’t politicians who will stand up and state the obvious. It’s just that to do so immediate brands one as a “long-shot” or “marginal” candidate.