Daily Revolt

October 04, 2007

Republicans Grow Skeptical On Free Trade

Free trade has been a fantastic failure. Now even Republicans realize that the experiment has been good for a handful of multi-national corporations. For the American people it's meant the decimation of our once thriving middle-class. We've become in effect a third world country dependent upon a hostile China to keep us financially afloat. The average family has trouble paying their bills. America is in decline, and free trade has been a major culprit:
By a nearly two-to-one margin, Republican voters believe free trade is bad for the U.S. economy, a shift in opinion that mirrors Democratic views and suggests trade deals could face high hurdles under a new president.

Six in 10 Republicans in the poll agreed with a statement that free trade has been bad for the U.S. and said they would agree with a Republican candidate who favored tougher regulations to limit foreign imports. That represents a challenge for Republican candidates who generally echo Mr. Bush's calls for continued trade expansion, and reflects a substantial shift in sentiment from eight years ago.

"It's a lot harder to sell the free-trade message to Republicans," said Republican pollster Neil Newhouse, who conducts the Journal/NBC poll with Democratic counterpart Peter Hart.

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