Dustin Ensinger at EIC reports:
Likely Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney suddenly doesn’t sound like most of the others in his party when it comes to China.
Romney recently told radio host Laura Ingram that China’s economic rise is a major threat to the U.S., a significant departure from GOP orthodoxy. Typically, China’s rise is portrayed as mutually beneficial to the U.S. and the rest of the world.
“The emergence of China, with the trade policies they’ve pursued, has not necessarily been good for us,” Romney said. “These are real concerns, and I think we have to recognize we have a real world power emerging, and that represents a threat to us.”
Romney even said he would have thought long and hard about China’s entry into the World Trade Organization, and would have fought for stronger intellectual property rights and currency reforms.
Romney said that he fears China will use its growing economic might to become “belligerent and expansionary.”
“I think they are a great threat to the stability of the world long-term,” Romney said.
They simply do not believe in America as it was shaped by the Founders. They do not believe that the principles and values that made America a great nation still apply. They don’t really believe in free enterprise, free markets, and free trade. They favor government management over consumer choice. They delight when they can replace personal responsibility with government requirements.
Not only does Romney flip-flop; he doesn’t know his history. Tariffs were the largest source of federal revenue until the income tax. Furthermore, Romney currently receives a D from NumbersUSA.
I like Romney’s latest repositioning on trade, but he’ll need to move much further to win my vote.