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Another Dumb Trade Move

When the Bush Administration slapped tariffs on imported steel, free traders could hope it was an aberration — a short-sighted effort to build political support in rust-belt states at the expense of a sensible trade policy that would not be repeated. Then again, the administration is calling for more tariffs, this time on computer chips and catfish. At the same time, there is no serious effort to bring U.S. subsidy policy into line with WTO rulings, even though the bush Administration (rightly) seeks to prosecute WTO claims against protectionist barriers overseas.

Jonathan H. Adler — Mr. Adler is an NRO contributing editor and the inaugural Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. His latest book is Marijuana Federalism: Uncle Sam and Mary Jane.

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