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Trade agreements are restrictive

By Staff | May 28, 2014

To the Editor,

In David Kruse’s column, (May 23 issue in Farm News) he is correct when he states, “Trade makes us stronger.”

But when he goes on to equate isolationist and non-interventionist he couldn’t be more wrong.

Trade agreements do not promote free trade, they regulate it.

Regulation is the opposite of freedom. Free trade would require no government intervention.

So-called free trade agreements are always used by well-connected industries to curry favors at their competitor’s expense.

Our government political and trade policies are both interventionist in that they restrict us from free association with others, by turning otherwise peaceful into war-like relationships where government negotiates for private citizens, who should be free to deal with anyone without interference.

Government trade negotiators are simply unnecessary middlemen increasing costs for consumers.

Remember Jimmy Carter’s grain embargo against Russia in 1980? That was interventionism and isolationism, causing a depression in farm country.

We should reject interventionism and isolationism by getting government out of trade and agricultural policy altogether.

Fritz Groszkruger


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