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The Chinese practice managed trade, not fair trade. They manipulate their own currency to make their exports more attractive. "Dumping" products to capture the manufacturing base and/or the market for a product is a form of fraud, and fraud is something the government is duty bound to PROTECT us from. Protecting INDIVIDUAL rights is a founding concept of the republic. The founders were protectionists.
Also...The period following the Civil War up until WW1, the American economy boomed and we overtook England as the world's most powerful economy. This was a period of protectionism that also gave us 10 republican presidents.
The Chinese are protectionist and communist. Slavery is practiced in China. Some of their chickens have four drumsticks. Reacting to their protectionist, fraudulent practices by foolishly adhering to an ideology driven, self defeating practice that the misinformed call FREE TRADE, is an exercise in futility that ends in economic suicide.
Until the day that free trade can be practiced equitably, I say, PROTECTIONISM today, Protectionism tomorrow, and protectionism forever! (Apologies to George Wallace.)

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