So in the interest of bringing the policy wonks together in both parties, I would simply state that the last American President to get it right on how free trade must work, regardless of political party was President Reagan. Now before those Reagan "haters" jump off the cliff of sanity, I would be willing to give that Presidents don't get a lot of things right. Neither do you or I, but when it comes to global trade and the importance of it functioning in a global environment properly it must be Free and Rules Based and supported…it must be.
Reagan's position, as shown below using his words, gets it right! So yes both the R's and D's have it right to a point. So now for God's sake and that of all future Americans and many others countries-Please come together and get it right on global trade being Free, Fair, Rules Based and Enforced, it will be a game changing event for the entire world in a very positive way. Getting it right won't be without pain and the gnashing of teeth but it is a must.
Let's do it together, it works!
- “To make the international trading system work, all must abide by the rules”
- “When governments assist their exporters in ways that violate international laws, then the playing field is no longer level, and there is no longer free trade.”
- “When governments subsidize industries for commercial advantage and underwrite costs, placing an unfair burden on competitors, that is not free trade.”
- “When governments permit counterfeiting or copying of American products, it is stealing our future, and it is no longer free trade.”
- “When governments subsidize their manufacturers and farmers so that they can dump goods in other markets, it is no longer free trade.”
- “I believe that if trade is not fair for all, then trade is free in name only. I will not stand by and watch American businesses fail because of unfair trading practices abroad. I will not stand by and watch American workers lose their jobs because other nations do not play by the rules.”
- “We will vigorously pursue our policy of promoting free and open markets in this country and around the world. We will insist that all nations face up to their responsibilities of preserving and enhancing free trade everywhere. But let no one mistake our resolve to oppose any and all unfair trading practices. It is wrong for the American worker and American businessman to continue to bear the burden imposed by those who abuse the world trading system.”
- President Ronald Reagan