Notes from the Brian Gongol Show on WHO Radio - July 5, 2009
In which we explore the possibility of adding some new states to the USA
We may find out soon whether the President is a protectionist
What's been odd about the Obama administration thus far is that it's shown lots of love for internationalism in political affairs (the President himself has gone on a series of foreign trips all over the world), but it's still not clear how internationalist the President's economic views are. His campaign rhetoric was decidedly protectionist (that is, anti-free-trade), but there are a lot of close advisors who are well-known free-trade enthusiasts. On the Independence Day holiday weekend, it's good to think about how much stronger America has always been because it interacted with other countries -- especially in the commercial arena. Also in honor of the holiday, perhaps we ought to think about opening the door to new states. Why shouldn't the United States in 2009 be open to entertaining the idea of other countries adding themselves to this federation?