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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Did Lou Dobbs just chime in on a Shotgun thread?

I wrote about a "feisty" exchange between Lou Dobbs and Judge Andrew Napolitano here. Earlier today, someone claiming to be Lou Dobbs weighed in. A quick IP address check confirmed that it's at least plausible that it was the Lou Dobbs. What makes it more likely is the tone and style of the comment.

Since Dobbs wasn't happy with the post, and with some of the early commenters, I thought I'd bring up his comment to the main thread:

The author of this post tortured reason and reality to avoid the acknowlegment that American and Canadian rights have been won with blood over more than two centuries, and that there is no nation in the world that assures greater individual freedom than the United States.

Your commentariat didn't listen to my statements, or didn't understand them. They obviously find the Canadian trade surplus with America to be greatly supportive of their politics and fascination with irrelevant, and grossly misplaced, labels. I am an American independent traditional conservative, and immensely taken with the idea that the American democratic constitutional republic is worth preserving.

Posted by: lou dobbs | 2010-07-14 4:01:21 AM

Posted by P.M. Jaworski on July 14, 2010 in Canadian Conservative Politics, Free trade, U.S. politics | Permalink | Comments (1)

Sunday, October 18, 2009

What Happened to Arnold?

This is what happens when you go into politics, you get morally corrupted.

Hard to believe that this clip of Arnold Schwarzenegger in the early 1990's talking about free markets is the same man who recently pushed to ban plasma tv's in California that are over 40".




I welcome feedback and I ask for civility in the exchange of comments. Vulgarity is discouraged. Please express yourself creatively with other language. We discuss ideas here, attacks on a person are discouraged.

Posted by Freedom Manitoba on October 18, 2009 in Economic freedom, Free trade | Permalink | Comments (5)

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Canada to be exempted from "Buy American" rules UPDATE: Not so fast

According to the CBC, Canada is likely to be exempted from the "Buy America" laws passed by Congress. This is undoubtedly good news. It keeps trade free(ish) between Canada and the United States.

It does raise a question; if the buy America clause is stupid when applied to Canada then why is it not stupid when applied to other countries?

The answer is that it is stupid.

It rips off taxpayers who are forced to pay more. It harms the economy by diverting capital in inefficient ways. It also harms economic freedom, because people cannot sell products to those who demand them.

I truly am glad that it is looking like Canada will be exempt. I just wish that everyone was exempt.

Update (by KK): A Canadian exemption to the "Buy America" provisions? Not so fast, say US and Canadian officials:

Government officials on both sides of the border say they have not yet struck a deal that will see the United States exempt Canada from protectionist Buy American provisions, despite a report to the contrary.

“Canada has submitted our proposal. Our negotiators are meeting. At this time however we have not reached an agreement,” a senior Canadian official said.

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk also said there is no deal.

“We don't have it nailed down, but I'm going to be talking with [Canadian Trade] Minister [Stockwell] Day this afternoon on another matter,” Mr. Kirk said. 

Posted by Hugh MacIntyre on September 30, 2009 in Free trade | Permalink | Comments (5)