In a well-timed Huffington Post piece, Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, wonders when "progressives in this country gave up on free trade."
When it comes to boosting living standards in places like Colombia and Panama, we hear hardly a peep from progressives. These stalled trade deals would improve economic and humanitarian conditions in those countries while helping U.S. companies, including many consumer electronics and technology companies, access new markets. The last 15 years are proof of that.
I understand that at a time of economic pain, nations tend to look inward, but that is why it's so important for President Obama, as he heads to the G-20 Summit on April 2, to rise above insular, regressive politics and truly work to protect and expand global trade. His choice is either to embrace the world of trade or to build on the barriers Congress has begun to create.
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