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March 10, 2002

Rising above principle InstaPundit doesn’t think the Bush tariffs are such a big deal, and pish-tushes blogger outrage about the issue:
The fact is, there’s no such thing as free trade in steel anyway, and never has been. […] To hear some people talk, you’d think that Bush’s action here is like pissing on the virgin snow of free trade.
Well, the Wall Street Journal called Bush’s action “the most dramatically protectionist step of any president in decades.” Perhaps they’re among the “some people” Instapundit means to dismiss as excitable silly-billies who don’t know how business really works.

Anyway, I’m certain that everyone defending the Bush tariffs, or casting aspersions on critics’ motives (Instapundit again; also, surprisingly, the normally level-headed Virginia Postrel), would have been just as quick to defend, or dismiss criticism of, similarly protectionist moves by President Gore. I also believe that ancient astronauts built the Pyramids.

What the steel move really demonstrates, of course, is the esteem in which this Administration holds all of its free-trade-supporting, libertarian-leaning supporters, the sort of people found in abundance in the blogiverse. A level of esteem which can be enumerated by forming a circle with the thumb and the index finger. As Teresa said in November 2000: “Just because you’re on their side doesn’t mean they’re on your side.” [10:57 AM]

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Jim Henley ::: (view all by) ::: March 10, 2002, 01:42 PM:

What an oddly familiar-sounding assertion...aa;-)aaaJim, who will never put comment functionality on his own blog, BTW

Perry de Havilland ::: (view all by) ::: March 11, 2002, 11:02 PM:

Glenn is quite wrong on this. The international dimensions of this idiotic tariff have the potential for being horrendous and will resonate far beyond the poxy steel industry. I am sure the anti-globo/trade reduction factions can hardly believe their eyes. This also seems an extraordinary time to antagonize Russia by bashing its steel industry just as US troops are operating in its doorstep.