So what's so wrong with protectionism?

pro·tect (prə-tĕkt'): To keep from being damaged, attacked, stolen, or injured; guard.
I've written before that trade skeptics aren't really "protectionists" in the classic sense of the word; they believe in a fair rule-based trading system and the charge is meant to marginalize their voices.

Nonetheless, there's nothing wrong with protecting valuable things like high-paying jobs. I had a drink last week with Public Citizen's Deborah James -- who's written for AlterNet in the past -- as she was getting ready to go to the latest round of WTO meetings in Geneva, and she pointed out that while the U.S. has very low tariffs, most of the good, unionizd jobs are clustered in the few industries where tariffs remain high.

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