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Monday, November 25, 2002

Finally, a Bush plan the libertarians can love.: After all this talk of TIA, a decrease in civil liberties, and a hard push for Bush's social agenda (faith-based initiatives, partial-birth abortion ban), Bush is now embracing the idea of universal free trade by 2015. As a free-trade advocate, I think it's a good plan, as long as the U.S.: a) acts first in good faith to the rest of the world. Not only will this jump start tariff reduction measures worldwide, but it will also raise the U.S.'s status in the eyes of the "international community", ultimately giving a boost to the war on terror, and b) doesn't play around with this mandate. No political politics on this, guys. You say all tariffs gone by 2015, that doesn't mean you can still pick and choose where tariffs go up and down based on where it'll win a few votes in 2004, or 2008, or whatever.

Talk is good. Action is better. Hopefully, we'll see some action from this soon.


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