Congressman Dave Brat on Free Trade

Steven Brodie Tucker, writing at the The Bull Elephant, covers Dave Brat’s recent op-ed in the Washington Examiner “When Free Trade Isn’t Free”.


I support the theoretical merits of free trade. Free and fair trade occurs when both trading partners gain from trade due to specialization and a broadened, deeper market. Historically, when we had freer markets, trade enriched the world.

However, today, truly free markets are hard to find — in any sector.

Instead, American workers have been dealt a body blow by political elites who agree to deals that keep their wages low, and threaten their very livelihoods. And then the elites, who benefit at the expense of hard-working Americans, have the audacity to call this lopsided setup “free trade.”

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