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Obama and Free Trade

If you enjoyed my piece about the Obama administration’s ridiculous South Korea trade debacle last week, then you should really follow up by reading trade blogger Scott Lincicome’s coverage of the collapse. His latest is a persuasive debunking of the argument that Congress was really to blame. That excuse doesn’t wash. Either the administration’s trade team has no idea what it’s doing, or, Lincicome writes, “the White House has apparently made a calculated political decision that it will not devote even an iota of political capital to fighting Congress for the KORUS FTA or to publicly defending free trade in 2011.” Possibly both.


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