[Ian Fletcher | November 09, 2016 | Huffington Post]
Trump won. Well, I guess I’m going to get the trade policy I’ve been fighting for for more than a decade!
(About the rest of his agenda, no comment.)
His supporters are presumably celebrating right now, so I want to address this to his opponents:
Quite frankly, this outcome is in large part your fault.
Why? Because you (not all of you, but most of you) are the people who consistently, for decades, dismissed, pooh-poohed, and sabotaged every decent, rational attempt to fix America’s disastrous trade policy.
Trade wasn’t the sole reason Trump won, of course, but it was a big part of it. As I’ve written before, the essence of his strategy was recasting the Republican Party as an economic-nationalist movement. Trade is the issue that made him more than an anti-immigration crank. Trade, specifically her non-credible flip on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, is the issue that exposed Hillary Clinton as a phony.
And you? You were Democrats, so it was your natural political duty to care about the fates of people in our society who were suffering from economic problems. You didn’t.
This is an ideal which even your rich friends in Shanghai and Berlin don’t believe in, most successful foreign countries being economic nationalists in one way or another.
You were warned. Remember Ross Perot in 1992? The other crazy billionaire, back when this whole globalism business was just starting to get out of hand? Well, you rejected him, so now you get Trump.
You had your chance, now you get your comeuppance.
Of course, some of you didn’t fall for globalism and free trade because you were taken in by a shiny but spurious moral ideal. You actually thought the economics worked.
Well, it doesn’t. If Pres. Trump does his job of backing America out of free trade correctly (I’m hopeful, but not certain), in eight years no sensible person will even be arguing about this. Some amount of moderate, rational protectionism has historically been part of the story of every successful economy.
Lots of people, not just me, warned you that free trade doesn’t work. Look them up, read their books, figure this out. Here’s a partial list:
Robert E. Scott
As, of course, yours truly.