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May 6, 2009
Free trade rebounds
Here's a buried news item: free trade has recovered its support with the American public. People now want it, and two big polls (from lefty pollsters CNN and CBS) show it. But I have yet to see anyone in the msm reporting on this. Most amazingly, support has rebounded most strongly among Democrats, blacks and poor people, the very people the msm has always portrayed as dead-set against free trade.
Two things seem to be identifiable as reasons -- one is that the economy is recovering, as it recovers, it gives people confidence in reaching out to trade other countries, makes them more interested in greater choices and better bargains, along with the big one: more American jobs.
But the other factor seems to be the election of Obama. His own supporters trust him, and they like the fact that he has begun to move toward free trade already, beginning in March.