"his colleague, Senator John Kerry, the Democratic Party's presumed nominee for president, has made those ideas part of his campaign speeches."Presented here as a conclusion without evidence.
"That has led him to question full-blown free-trade agreements with countries that are not at the same level of development as the United States, a position that remains distinctly unpopular just about everywhere except with his constituents. That does not disturb him.
'Changing the culture on trade is like changing the culture of the South on racism,' Mr. Hollings said. 'It's going to take time.'
Many of the senator's predictions have come to pass: The United States' trade deficit has reached record highs rather than disappearing under the trade accords, even as Japan and the European Union enjoy trade surpluses.
The North American Free Trade Agreement has failed to deliver on its promises to raise living standards, provide hundreds of thousands of new, well-paying jobs on both sides of the border and curb illegal immigration to the United States.
And the expanding global trading system has proved such a disappointment to poorer countries that they are clamoring for new global trade laws.They are clamoring against trade BARRIERS such as those against the African textile industry erected by the US, at the urging of Sen Hollings, although the Times does not mention this. Would interrupt the sermon, I guess.
The problem, said Mr. Hollings, is setting trade policy largely with business interests in mind.
'We need a national trade policy like Japan, China and Europe where they put the national welfare first,' he said. 'We leave our trade policy in the hands of the philistines who are out to make profits however they can.'"