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The Level Playing Field Act
    #1936161 - 09/20/03 08:13 PM (14 years, 8 months ago)

From http://www.townhall.com/columnists/walterwilliams/ww20030917.shtml --

We need a job-saving law
Walter E. Williams

September 17, 2003

Recent advocacy of free trade in this column has caused considerable reader apoplexy and anxiety, not to mention accusations of unconcern with worker plight. Readers have protested loss of good paying jobs to low-wage countries such as India, China and other Asian countries. I'd like to propose a way to completely eliminate this angst, and I'm wondering just how many of my fellow Americans would support it.

Let's call it the Level Playing Field Act, where Congress decrees that: Neither a corporation nor an individual shall be permitted to employ a cheaper method of producing a good or service.

The Level Playing Field Act would be a blessing for all those highly paid workers in the high-tech, auto, steel and other industries who see their jobs going to overseas workers earning far less than half their wages. To produce the most successful outcome, Congress would have to complement this law with a similar decree on the consumer side of things, namely: Neither a corporation nor an individual shall be permitted to purchase a cheaper good or service.

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More at the link.

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Re: The Level Playing Field Act [Re: Phred]
    #1936168 - 09/20/03 08:18 PM (14 years, 8 months ago)

Screw that. It would make us completely uncompetitive on the world trade market. How about incentives to companies that don't move their workforces overseas. Tax breaks and such? If you think an isolationist approach to the world is a good idea, the idea presented above would be a good one I guess. Wouldn't this be the definition of what Libertarians are opposed to? I am not saying you are for this, because you didn't say, just curiuos what you think.


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Re: The Level Playing Field Act [Re: shakta]
    #1936182 - 09/20/03 08:25 PM (14 years, 8 months ago)

If this is the first column by Walter Williams you have read, you can be excused for not recognizing it as a satire. The man is as staunch a defender of free trade as they come.

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Re: The Level Playing Field Act [Re: Phred]
    #1936187 - 09/20/03 08:32 PM (14 years, 8 months ago)

Oh sorry. I did think it a bit strange coming from that site. :smile:

At least it pissed me off though. hehehe


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