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Being practical about trade

Business Times - 13 Nov 2010


Being practical about trade

Most Americans have no ideological commitment in the debate over trade. They want working policies that help create new and well-paying jobs.

By LEON HADAR
WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT

IF YOU insist on challenging the notion that the vote in the recent US mid-term elections was not driven by any ideological fervour, reflecting the non-ideological and pragmatic disposition of most Americans, just consider the two politicians - a Democrat and a Republican - who represent the State of Ohio.

The Democrat Sherrod Brown was elected to the Senate in the 2006 mid-term election, when the Democrats regained control of the House of Representatives in what was described as a 'wave election' in which the Democrats were supposedly on their way to establishing a dominant position over the American political system. President Barack Obama's historic victory in the 2008 presidential election seemed to underscore that New-Democratic-Majorit…