CNN's Dobbs Insists Author of anti-Free Trade Book Is 'No Protectionist'
OK. Who outsourced Lou Dobbsâ€™s dictionary to
That has to be the only explanation for why CNNâ€™s resident anti-free trader Lou Dobbs claimed a guest critical of the Bush administrationâ€™s trade policies was not a â€śprotectionist.â€ť
During his July 24 â€śLou Dobbs Tonightâ€ť interview with liberal (2005 ADA rating 100 out of 100) Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) about his new book â€śTake This Job and Ship It,â€ť Dobbs praised the North Dakotan and urged viewers to pick up a copy of the senatorâ€™s anti-free trade manifesto.
â€śSenator Byron Dorgan is no protectionist. In point of fact, he is calling for expanded markets for U.S. exports,â€ť Dobbs insisted, praising Dorgan for his â€ścritical examination of what this country is doing to itself,â€ť with tax and trade policy.
But Dobbs is confusing his viewers, if not outright insulting their intelligence by insisting Dorgan isnâ€™t for protectionist policies. Dorgan supports various tariffs, including one on foreign sources of ethanol, a fuel additive mandated for gasoline by the EPA.
The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines a protectionist as â€śan advocate of government economic protection for domestic producers through restrictions on foreign competitors.â€ť
â€śIf Byron Dorganâ€™s not a protectionist, than I donâ€™t think anybody in
â€śEveryone wants to open markets abroad,â€ť he said, adding that â€śthe test is your commitment to an open, competitive, dynamic
In a March 16, 2005, publication, Griswold examined the 108th Congressâ€™s commitment to free trade. Defining free trade as â€śopposition to trade subsidies as well as trade barriers,â€ť Griswold grouped Dorgan squarely into the anti-free-trade category of the â€śinterventionists.â€ť
â€śThey tend to oppose bills and amendments that would lower trade barriers, as well as those that would cut or eliminate trade and investment subsidies,â€ť Griswold wrote of Dorgan and other â€śinterventionists.â€ť
Among the tariffs Dorgan strongly supports is one which could be partly to blame for motoristsâ€™ â€śpain at the pump.â€ť
Dorgan recently objected to President Bushâ€™s call for easing the price of gasoline by suspending the 54-cent-per-gallon tax on foreign ethanol. Ethanol has been a required additive in gasoline and earlier this year was in short supply domestically. In April, President Bush suspended some environmental regulations about gasoline.
Dorgan joined Sens. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Tim Johnson (D-S.D.), and Barack Obama (D-Ill.) in a May 9 letter to President Bush urging him â€śto abandon your focus on providing incentives to ship ethanol into the