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How Abysmally Pathetic is the Wall Street Journal's John Harwood?

Allow me to show you.

Wall Street Journal: Republicans Grow Skeptical On Free Trade

The sign of broadening resistance to globalization came in a new Wall Street Journal-NBC News Poll that showed a fraying of Republican Party orthodoxy on the economy. While 60% of respondents said they want the next president and Congress to continue cutting taxes, 32% said it's time for some tax increases on the wealthiest Americans to reduce the budget deficit and pay for health care.

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.

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One fresh indication of the party's ideological crosswinds: Presidential candidate Ron Paul of Texas, who opposes the Iraq war and calls free-trade deals "a threat to our independence as a nation," announced yesterday that he raised $5 million in third-quarter donations. That nearly matches what one-time front-runner John McCain is expected to report.

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Mr. Harwood is terriffically lazy, fantastically ignorant of Ron Paul's campaign, or biased against him or his message. Whatever the reason, this is seriously shitty journalism.

Ron Paul is against free trade?

Has Mr. Harwood bothered to look into why Paul opposes things like NAFTA? Has he even glanced at his website, his copious archives at LewRockwell.com, or the writing he's done for the Ludwig von Mises Institute?

There's hardly anything "free" about agreements like those. It's managed trade. It's government-regulated trade. For every cherry-picked market marginally opened by these agreements, ten others are hammered with laws, restrictions, quotas, requirements, and paperwork.

Free trade happens when individuals decide to trade with each other voluntarily, not when a thousand pages of government documents declare it.

Getting this so completely wrong is a new low. It's bad enough reading how support for economic freedom is slipping among Republicans.

Via Instapundit.

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