Former Republican AR Governor; possible draft candidate
Trans Pacific Partnership isn't fair trade or free trade
Huckabee complained that American wages have been stagnant since Chinese trade agreements went into effect over the past few decades: "People are working hard, and they have less to show for it," he said. "We need to quit apologizing for being
America, and we need to start making it so that Americans can prosper and not just so that the Chinese can buy Louis Vuitton and Gucci bags."
The comments came in response to questions about why the government has kept the embargo in place against Cuba, even as trade barriers with China have been lifted. "We have basically surrendered to the Chinese market,"
Huckabee said. "We've not put the pressure on them."
Huckabee expressed doubts over the Trans Pacific Partnership. "If it's not fair trade," he said, "it's not free trade."
Free AND fair trade: globalize, but help those whom it harms
I support free trade, but it has to be fair trade. We are losing jobs because of an unlevel, unfair trading arena that must be fixed.
When jobs are lost & businesses fail, people sigh & shake their heads and angrily mutter, "Globalization." But the
truth is that globalization is just one of the many reasons why individuals lose their jobs and why companies close their doors. Globalization also creates jobs, and often the benefits of globalization for outweigh the costs.
Protectionism isn't the
answer; it will only make us less prosperous. If we change our policies, we won't reverse the fall of "natural barriers" around the world, such as the flow of information technology & services.
It isn't smart to give up this benefit to our society as
a whole because of the adverse impact on the few. At the same time, it isn't right not to provide help to those who are harmed. We have to adopt policies that are both smart and right. We can never forget that real people are affected by these policies.
Diplomacy hasn't worked; impose sanctions on China
The federal government won't take the necessary steps when China refuses to play by the rules of fair trade. For the past six years, we've relied on diplomacy, when we should have imposed sanctions and brought legal actions against them. It's only very
recently that our government has at last begun minimal action. We need less talk and more of that action.
One of the most egregious violations China engages in, as do India and other Asian countries, is currency manipulation. They buy up dollars on
the currency markets to keep the value of their money low, which makes their products artificially inexpensive here. We have a right to slap countervailing duties on these goods, but we haven't done so. We've not imposed countervailing duties for any
reason for almost a quarter century on China. This year we've finally begun anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations against China.
It's a beginning. We have lots of weapons already against those who blithely break the trade rules we honor.
Supports NAFTA & CAFTA, if partners “hafta” abide by rules
Q: If you were president, you wouldn’t go forward with another version of NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement, or any of these other free-trade agreements that are in the works right now?
I think the free-trade agreements are wonderful to have, and I supported NAFTA and CAFTA. But I always say, then you “hafta” make sure that these free trade agreements are being abided by both parties, and that’s not what’s happened.
Source: FOX News Sunday tag
, Jan 13, 2008
Fair trade includes lead-free products & playing by rules
Q: What would you do to deal with this economic crisis?
A: The main thing we have to do is to make sure that our free trade agreements involve fair trade. And that’s something that we’ve got to do a better job of enforcing, is to make sure that those
products which are coming into the US are free of lead, that they’re safe, that they’re manufactured in the same kind of standards that we expect our American companies to use when they built things. And that hasn’t happened. And one of the reasons we’re
losing a lot of jobs is that we’ve been in such a rush to make sure that we exemplify the boundaries of free trade, that we forgot that we’re all supposed to play by the same rules. If somebody cheats, you’re not playing the game fairly. When the
Chinese send toys that have lead, they have dog food that causes our pets to die, when we have food that comes to us contaminated, when things that are created by people who have worked in sweatshops--how does an American worker expect to compete?
Source: FOX News Sunday tag
, Jan 13, 2008
A free country must feed, fuel, & fight for itself
Q: Does our country’s financial situation creates a security risk?
A: It’s most certainly a national security threat because a country can only be free if it can do three things.
It has to be able to feed itself.
It has to be able to put food on the table for its own citizens.
It’s got to be able to fuel itself. If it looks to somebody else for its energy needs, it’s only as free as those are willing for it to be.
And it also has to be able to fight for itself. It’s got to be able to manufacture its own weapons of defense--tanks, airplanes, bullets and bombs.
When we start outsourcing everything and we are in that kind of a trade deficit,
then just remember, who feeds us, who fuels us and who helps us to fight, that’s to whom we are enslaved. So if we can’t do those three things, our national security is very much at risk.
The fact is, we don’t have fair trade. And that’s the issue we’ve got to address. Our real problem continues to be that an American company is having to pay an extraordinarily high tax on everything they produce, but the countries who are exporting to
us don’t have the same border adjustability that we do.
And that’s why we’re losing jobs here, and that’s what has to change. This party is going to have to start addressing it, or we’re going to get our britches beat next year.
Source: 2007 Republican debate in Dearborn, Michigan
, Oct 9, 2007
This country can never yield its sovereignty for any reason
Q: Will you abolish all plans to promote economic integration of the North American Union?
A: I believe with all my heart is that this country can never, ever, ever yield its sovereignty to any other country for any reason, under any circumstance, ever
That’s why I would agree that we not only need closed and secure borders, but more importantly, we need a re-understanding that we are a sovereign nation, and we do not yield ourselves over.
Trade sanctions on Saudi Arabia for persecuting Christians
Q: Today, Christians are being beaten, jailed, and expelled throughout the Muslim world. In Saudi Arabia, no church buildings are permitted, yet Saudi extremist Wahhabis have built hundreds of mosques in the US with funding from Saudi Arabia.
If elected, will you take action to protest these gross injustices and persecution by denying visas or imposing trade sanctions?
China trade contingent on human rights & product safety
Q: Sarah Lu was forced to work in labor camps for six years, for the crime of being a Christian house church leader. Thousands of prisoners of conscience are forced to manufacture items that stock our American shelves. Would you make future trade with
China contingent on them measurably improving their record on religious freedom & human rights?
Marketplace pushes innovation to top & prices to bottom
I believe in free trade and allowing the marketplace to push innovative ideas to the top & prices to the bottom. Perhaps the most compelling challenge is ensuring that a free trade correspondingly represents a fair trade.
Three dominant factors in the
American economy make it increasingly difficult for jobs to remain here: excess LITIGATION, excess TAXATION, and excess REGULATION combine to ultimately result in the MIGRATION of American jobs to marketplaces beyond our borders.
Source: From Hope to Higher Ground, by Mike Huckabee, p.161
, Jan 4, 2007
Farm subsidies ok because Europe & Asia do same
It has been policy to pay farmers a stipend for their crops to ensure the farmers will receive a guaranteed minimum price. Some conservatives believe that all agricultural subsidies should be discontinued and allow the market to function.
In an ideal world, this would be good practice, but American farmers are competing with subsidized farmers in Europe and Asia, and the fixed costs faced by farmers involving land, equipment, seed, and supplies means that even if they do not sell a single
stalk of corn, they will have significant expenses.
Keeping American farmers in business is also good for the consumer. The theory behind subsidies is that production is maintained at a higher level, driving food costs lower.
This empowers consumers and generates stability in the farming economy so that America remains a producing rather than consuming nation.
Subsidies also help insulate farmers from natural disasters and spikes in the cost of fuel, feed, and fertilizer.
Enforce trade law against subsidized Canadian lumber imports.
Huckabee signed the Southern Governors' Association resolution:
Whereas, the US Department of Commerce has determined that the Canadian provinces subsidize lumber production by selling timber to Canadian lumber companies at non-competitive prices for a fraction of the timber’s market value, and imposed an import duty of 19.3%;
Whereas, artificially low provincial timber prices, minimum harvesting restrictions and other practices encourage over-harvesting and over-production in Canada to the detriment of US industry, forest land owners, workers and the environment;
Whereas, these unfair subsidy practices have helped Canadian imports gain an increasing share of the US softwood lumber market, rising 15% from the first to second quarter of 2001;
Whereas, highly subsidized Canadian lumber imports unfairly compete with US lumber companies and affect thousands of US jobs, and drive down the value of US forest land; Whereas an agreement between the United States and Canada on lumber trade expired in March 2001; now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the Southern Governor’s Association urges the Administration to continue to enforce fully the current United States trading laws and to encourage open and competitive sales of timber in Canada.
Source: Resolution of Southern Governor's Assn. on Lumber Subsidies 01-SGA3 on Sep 9, 2001