Who wants to trade?

Politicians won't discuss trade on merit

DISCUSS a trade deal, and you might think that the main issues would be whether it is good for the American economy. But few debates on public policy ever reach this level of purposefulness. And in America, talking trade in an election year is no exception. Recent manoeuvres show how politicians are reluctant to talk about trade on its own merits.

George Bush?s administration signed a trade agreement with Colombia in 2006. But last week, under the auspices of Nancy Pelosi, the party?s leader in the House of Representatives, an arcane rule was invoked to prevent the bill from moving closer to ratification. Susan Schwab, America?s Trade Representative, called the move ?pure, partisan politics? in an interview on Sunday April 13th. ...


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