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Published: Friday, May 2 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

OK, it's time to examine the major justification for "free trade," namely comparative advantage. That theory has it that nations variously have specific abilities and talents such that free trade always helps everybody. But comparative advantage assumes that factors which confer comparative advantage cannot be moved from country to country.

But that is no longer true with global corporations. Abilities can be moved globally WITHIN corporations. This means that some parties can be hurt by free trade, particularly labor.

U.S. labor overall has experienced flat real wages the last 30 years, and has seen the best manufacturing jobs shipped overseas within corporate units. We are justifiably afraid of "free trade" now.

You who favor "free trade" have one tough selling job ahead of you.

Virginia Beach, VA

In other words, the Deseret News disapproves of Obama.

We get it.

Thid Barker
Victor, ID

Finally, a News organization with the courage to tell the truth! Thank you Deseret News! You are like a breath of fresh air compared to the fetid air we get from the mainstream.

salt lake city, utah

All the libs here should somehow bookmark this article as reference the next time the "conservatives" on this blog claim that Obama followers are lapdogs, simply licking up and believing everything the "Dear Leader" says.

To Marxists point high tech companies have moved high tech manufacturing overseas for over a decade now. There are potentially a number of reasons for this but the ability to move innovative advantage across the sea to manufacturing (skills advantage) is certainly one of them.

When your country lags in education, upward mobility, and value added production, "free trade" is not necessarily your friend.

liberal larry
salt lake City, utah

Headline in the Deseret News;

Obama fails at (insert President Obama's latest, utterance, proposal or diplomatic effort).

Springville, UT

What's the point of this, yet another slam by this right wing newspaper against the President? The whole purpose of the trip was not about the proposed treaty, and surely the White House knew how things would turn out and the reluctance of the Senate to fast track the treaty. Have you asked yourself how the Senate could fast track when the treaty has not been concluded? Cut through the partisanship of this editorial, which is either the result of a confused and misled writer, or this paper is part of the propaganda effort of the GOP. Please do say, which is it? By the way, the trip was about a lot of things, including building relationships. I guess you weren't really paying attention. Pretty sad for an organization that has the word "News" in its title.

Eugene, OR

I know you guys are still bummed that Romney didn't win, but really?

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

People who are wise try to fix the fixable. People who are not wise defend the indefensible.

The President failed to do what he thought was best. Is it because he's a failure or is it because he is not a leader? A leader knows how to rally people around him. FDR was considered to be a leader. JFK was considered to be a leader. Reagan was considered to be a leader. Those Presidents won the hearts of the people. Who can forget Kennedy's "Ask not" remark? When people heard Kennedy, they saw themselves as being on the verge of wonderful things. What is the message that Obama is sending to this nation and to the world? No wonder no one wants to follow him, including members of his own party.

Ed Grady
Idaho Falls, ID

Obama is bad , blah, blah, blah.

Everett, 00

Let's see,
The Deseeret News disaproves of Obama...

And the conviently ignores the Republican Off-Loading, Out-Sourcing, and Off-Shoring everything they could of what WAS America for the past 30 years to Asia,
and then maoks and cries that a single man [Obama] can't wave a magic wand and wish it all back with the do nothing Congress...

Ed Grady
Idaho Falls, ID

Say what you want about Obama - my 401k loves him.

salt lake city, UT

Of course the mainstream media dislikes this President. I'm refering to the DN, Faux News, Rush and Sean. Those outlets are the new mainstream in the 21st century. At least that's what the numbers show.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

Two things are getting in BO’s way
1.His lack of credibility. EVERYONE knows he cannot be trusted. The Asian nations look at him and think, “he says one thing, but we know he will not deliver”. They know the old proverb, keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Deal very carefully with this one.
2.The obstructionist harry reid. NOTHING gets done unless harry says so. BO rules tyrannically with his executive orders, but reid rules tyrannically with his absolute control of the legislative agenda.

GaryO, Esquire, Ed Grady, airnaut (aka open minded), FT
So BO was successful in getting harry to call a vote on the legislation?
In other words, you worship BO. OK, we get it.

All the conservatives should bookmark this article as reference the next time the liberals claim the GOP house is being obstructionist

Centerville, UT

And the conviently ignores the Republican Off-Loading, Out-Sourcing, and Off-Shoring everything they could of what WAS America for the past 30 years to Asia,

Like GE supporter of Obama, all the green technology companies subsidized by the Obama administration, like selling Chrysler to Fiat, Yes this is definitely just a one party problem. "Despite the rhetoric and TV ads this election season, Kies said, “This is not a Democratic versus Republican issue. There are Democrats such as (House Ways and Means Committee member) Rep. Richard Neal who think the U.S. multinationals need deferral in order to be competitive.”

Might as well move jobs to these countries as the world socialist believe we should pay higher taxes and give welfare payments to the third world countries.

Yet we hear the democrat liberals complain about giving these other countries a piece of the pie. It sounds like they are okay to keep all the jobs, but then will take all the workers earnings and send it over to the third world because we ripped them off. Liberal policies of conflicting reason.


In the DN's opinion everything Obama does is a failure. No news here.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

At least he didn't throw up on them...

Salt Lake City, UT

This opinion piece essentially says that the Deseret News agrees with the efforts the President is making in brokering a trade agreement, but because of the opposition he is facing from all angles, he is a failure and entirely to blame.

What kind of nuanced analysis is this?

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT


I'm wondering... did we have a "do nothing Congress" when Democrats controlled the House, the Senate, and the White House?

It's hard to blame EVERYTHING that happened during the Obama years on Republicans (when you controlled EVERYTHING in Washington for the first two years of Obama's Presidency, and still got almost nothing done).

All we have so show for those years when Democrats controlled all branches of the government and could do ANYTHING they wanted... is... ObamaCare. AND I guess he saved the economy (IF you believe he actually did that, not American businesses)...

ObamaCare is a "qualified success" at best. And the most economy stopping part hasn't even happened yet (and was strategically planned to not happen until Obama is out).


Still think the only problem in the world is... "Republicans"??

Salt Lake City, UT

Rather than focus on the failure, the article should focus on how failure to get TPP implemented is a good thing for the American people. Too few people know what the TPP is and its potential to further harm the economy. Focusing on the failure makes it look like the TPP is something that should be put in place and Obama was just not up to the task. TPP, like Obamacare, the more you know the less you will like it.

Salt Lake City, UT

@Ed Grady
Your 401K does not love Obama. It loves all the money that is being printed by the FED and propping up the stock market. Unless you have forgotten QE3 is still in effect, $85 billion plus printed each month, every month for the past year and half.

I wish you good luck in timing when to pull your money from your 401K, paper wealth can disappear in a flash. When the dollar losses its status as reserve currency and foreign nations stop buying US debt nothing can be done to stop the inevitable collapse, it can only be delayed by the printing of more and more money, until the day that that no longer work.

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