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  • Clarity please
    September 25, 2011 - 12:06

    Brian Here's your article below in a nutshell .Bascially what you have here is a distinction between a natural market demand driving a free trade economy and an American government Make-Work project .Surely no honest Canadian could knock that effort .We Newfoundlanders do it constantly.The only hitch comes when suppliers outside the USA will want to bid on some very large supply contracts .Will they have the legal right to do so if all the supplies are found in the USA and teh labor is Amercian .I don't see a problem .If any reader highly tutored in economics and free trade does see aproblem, please inform us . ( U.S. President Barack Obama wants to spend $447 billion on schools, roads, bridges and buses. The intent isn’t necessarily to improve Americans’ lives — although it might do that — but to create jobs.Obama has it in his mind that the 447 billion American dollars will be spent in America to create jobs for Americans. Obama’s proposal includes the proviso that the $447 billion must be used to purchase only goods and materials “produced in the United States.” )

  • Terry Martin
    September 20, 2011 - 21:50

    What an ignorant article!!! I cannot believe that a well-reasoned economic theory that economists of all ages and political colours will wholeheartedly agree upon is compared to a "dogma"... Mr. Jones does well, however, by keeping to himself his explanations as to the inherent irrationality of free trade... could it be because there is no reasonable/rational way to justify protectionism other than resorting to emotional, if misguided, calls to keep the jobs of a given sector of the economy? Absolutely painful reading! I am also wodering what his truly poor understanding of economics (and how the world works in general) would lead him to react to an article like this, which was publised in this paper today. For the good of NL, I hope that Chinese business people are not as ignorant and bigoted as Mr. Jones appears to be .... http://www.thetelegram.com/Business/2011-09-15/article-2748664/Chinese-demand-for-iron-ore-to-keep-prices-high/1

  • Daphne
    September 16, 2011 - 10:43

    Great column Brian. "Free trade" is only that when it suits the Americans. Otherwise, protectionism is the order of the day.

  • Wow
    September 16, 2011 - 10:08

    Looks like our boy Brian doesn't understand free trade or probably any kind of agreement.

  • Chantal
    September 16, 2011 - 08:29

    So, what does David Suzuki have to do with it? Can't help getting in a few cheap shots, eh, Brian? You didn't even mention the Muslims.