By Congressman Dave Brat (R, VA-7)
Excerpt from “Friends of Dave Brat, Inc.” message dated November 6, 2016
ICYMI: My interview with WCVE
I sat down with WCVE’s Saraya Wintersmith for a very enjoyable interview where we discussed a range of topics: My first term taking a combination of ethics and economics to D.C.; how $100 trillion in unfunded liabilities will affect every federal program in the near future; and, some common sense bills that I have introduced on immigration and religious toleration to protect the best interests of the American people.
In case you missed it, you can listen here:
My Op-Ed: When Free Trade Isn’t Free
No matter who wins the election Tuesday—and hopefully it’s Donald Trump—President Obama will be on a warpath to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal during the lame duck session. Last week, I wrote an op-ed in the Washington Examiner, “When Free Trade Isn’t Free,” where I discuss the legitimate questions behind the controversial trade pact.
I support the theoretical merits of free trade. Free and fair trade occurs when both trading partners gain from trade due to specialization and a broadened, deeper market. Historically, when we had freer markets, trade enriched the world.
However, today, truly free markets are hard to find—in any sector.
Instead, American workers have been dealt a body blow by political elites who agree to deals that keep their wages low, and threaten their very livelihoods. And then the elites, who benefit at the expense of hard-working Americans, have the audacity to call this lopsided setup “free trade.”
Steven Brodie Tucker, writing at the The Bull Elephant blog, covers my op-ed (with links to the original op-ed) here.