After Mitt Romney aired a China Cheating ad, our domestic “protect China from having to play by the rules” lobby got back in gear.
First the Club for Growth made it clear that its feelings were hurt.
Yesterday the Washington Post editorial board said that it is bad to enforce trade fairness against trade cheaters because… well, you know… some unspecified bad thing might happen.
I was interviewed by German media yesterday which asked about people who say trade enforcement is protectionism. Of course, the answer is easy. You cannot be a free trader and support flaunting the rules. When a country signs on the dotted line to follow the rules of an agreement, they have no basis to complain when they breach the agreement and are faced with an enforcement case.