What is in this article?:
- What women really want: roaring economy
- Fed up with politicians and pundits
Fed up with politicians and pundits
And there’s even more. One item that’s not on his website but which his advisors have talked up in recent days is the creation of the Free Trade Area of the Americas, a trade zone in the Western hemisphere. This ambitious goal went unrealized during the Bush years due to opposition from Argentina, Brazil, and several other countries. It may yet be difficult to negotiate, but it’s good to see that Romney considers it worth the effort.
As a rancher who produces beef, I have firsthand knowledge of the advantages of free trade. We sell to American customers, but much of our market lies overseas. “Approximately 95 percent of the world’s consumers live beyond our borders, and selling our world-class products and services to them is the next great frontier for economic growth,” says Romney’s website. “The fewer the barriers to cross-border commerce, the more economic growth we enjoy and the greater the number of American jobs brought into being.”
I’m fed up with politicians and pundits who want to lecture me about so-called women’s issues. Right now, no issues are more important to women than jobs and the economy–and only one candidate has much of anything to say about reviving them through global trade.
Romney’s trade policies are not without their problems. In an interview with the Detroit News last month, a press aide said that Romney does not currently support Japan’s participation in TPP–even though this should be a top goal of the United States.
What’s more, Romney sometimes sounds a bit too ready to launch a trade war with China. His website speaks of imposing new tariffs in retaliation for currency manipulation. I understand the need to talk tough with the Chinese, but everyone must understand that a trade war would be the result of diplomatic failure, not success.
Helen Reddy sings “I am woman, hear me roar.” I love that song. But when it comes to roaring, I’d rather let the U.S. economy make all the noise–and I’m glad to see that Mitt Romney understands that free trade turns up the volume.
Carol Keiser owns and operates cattle feeding operations in Kansas, Nebraska and Illinois. She volunteers as a Truth About Trade & Technology board member.