Author: Rory B. Bellows
The Star Ledger reports there is talk amongst New Jersey Republicans that CNN mouthpiece Lou Dobbs may enter the 2009 gubernatorial election.
While some might find Dobbs’ anti-illegal immigrant populism appealing and it admirable that he wants our nation’s laws and borders enforced, his nightly rants against free trade and “communist” China reveal a man who just doesn’t understand the world we live in.
Free trade with China has been a boon for both of our countries. Millions of Chinese have been lifted out of poverty as they have opened their markets to other countries. American consumers have benefited from free trade policies as goods and services have become cheaper. What do you think your laptop and internet would cost if the call centers were staffed with unionized American workers being paid union wages with full healthcare and pension benefits?
Dobbs had played up the role of common sense everyman who is mad as hell and ain’t gonna take it anymore, but his rants are misguided and play to people’s anxieties. Instead of educating his viewers about the world we live and why it is changing he plays to the lowest common denominator to induce fear of the guy in the foreign country who is coming to steal your job.
Dobbs’ populism has made him a champion of intrusive government and critic of free market policies. The free market only allowed to win the Cold War and that allows America to enjoy superpower status. His outrageous class warfare promoting segement, “War on the Middle Class”, has seen him advocate new and oppressive regulations, government agencies and increasing the minimum wage. This “War on the Middle Class”, like the “War on Poverty” or the the “War on Gobal Warming” is just an invented crisis that no one can really define and that is designed to promote bigger goverment, more regulations and increasing redistributive programs.
The hope is that, should he enter the race, New Jersey Republicans see him as a big government protectionist and soundly reject him.