CNN's Dobbs Insists Author of anti-Free Trade Book Is 'No Protectionist'
OK. Who outsourced Lou Dobbsâs dictionary to
That has to be the only explanation for why CNNâs resident anti-free trader Lou Dobbs claimed a guest critical of the Bush administrationâs trade policies was not a âprotectionist.â
During his July 24 âLou Dobbs Tonightâ interview with liberal (2005 ADA rating 100 out of 100) Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) about his new book âTake This Job and Ship It,â Dobbs praised the North Dakotan and urged viewers to pick up a copy of the senatorâs anti-free trade manifesto.
âSenator Byron Dorgan is no protectionist. In point of fact, he is calling for expanded markets for U.S. exports,â Dobbs insisted, praising Dorgan for his âcritical examination of what this country is doing to itself,â with tax and trade policy.
But Dobbs is confusing his viewers, if not outright insulting their intelligence by insisting Dorgan isnât 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 âan advocate of government economic protection for domestic producers through restrictions on foreign competitors.â
âIf Byron Dorganâs not a protectionist, than I donât think anybody in
âEveryone wants to open markets abroad,â he said, adding that âthe test is your commitment to an open, competitive, dynamic
In a March 16, 2005, publication, Griswold examined the 108th Congressâs commitment to free trade. Defining free trade as âopposition to trade subsidies as well as trade barriers,â Griswold grouped Dorgan squarely into the anti-free-trade category of the âinterventionists.â
âThey 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 Griswold wrote of Dorgan and other âinterventionists.â
Among the tariffs Dorgan strongly supports is one which could be partly to blame for motoristsâ âpain at the pump.â
Dorgan recently objected to President Bushâs 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 âto abandon your focus on providing incentives to ship ethanol into the