March 26, 2003

Will the U.S. Punish Non-Co...

Posted by at March 26, 2003 03:11 PM

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Rather than the traditional forms of economic warfare which are typically counterproductive, we should follow Frum's idea last week in National Review. Offer an increased number of visa's to skilled nationals of countries who are characterized as anti-American, like France. Force them to become more copetitive, in other words more like us, or lose their best and brightest. Trade warfare only plays into the hands of socialist, communist, paleocons and other anti-globalists.

Posted by: Bob at March 26, 2003 03:49 PM

A Democrat who ran on that platform would immediately become Public Enemy Number One to the lobby that represents those nice gentlemen who were helping Michael Moore into the trunk of his car on Sunday night, for the first plank alone, and the Democratic activists who are making Howard Dean a prime contender care about fiscal discipline about as much as I care about rhythmic gymnastics. Arguably, Bill Clinton stood for the first two, but he never showed signs of any desire to stand up to the Saudis (and almost instantly dropped his anti-Chinese rhetoric from the 1992 campaign after being elected--what a shock), and he isn't running again in any event. Somehow, I don't see a candidate in either party running on that platform--more's the pity.

"Force them to become more copetitive, in other words more like us, or lose their best and brightest."

I like that idea--bring back "the brain drain." One of the things I never forgave Bush 41 for was for refusing to offer all Chinese students in the US permanent resident status after the Tienanmen Square massacre--losing thousands of their best and brightest would have been an appropriate punishment for their crimes against humanity. Of course, that would have been bad for trade relations. Some things are more important, and that may end up being true for our relations with the French and Germans; however, I'm all for trying less destructive means first.

Posted by: M. Scott Eiland at March 26, 2003 11:54 PM

The US Govt should not do this; individual consumers/businesses should. Nothing wrong with millions of people voting with their wallets.

But by all means, bring on the Brain Drain. This is the best idea of all.

Posted by: Drained Brain at March 27, 2003 02:57 PM
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Rather than the traditional forms of economic warfare which are typically counterproductive, we should follow Frum's idea last week in National Review. Offer an increased number of visa's to skilled nationals of countries who are characterized as anti-American, like France. Force them to become more copetitive, in other words more like us, or lose their best and brightest. Trade warfare only plays into the hands of socialist, communist, paleocons and other anti-globalists.

Posted by: Bob at March 26, 2003 03:49 PM

A Democrat who ran on that platform would immediately become Public Enemy Number One to the lobby that represents those nice gentlemen who were helping Michael Moore into the trunk of his car on Sunday night, for the first plank alone, and the Democratic activists who are making Howard Dean a prime contender care about fiscal discipline about as much as I care about rhythmic gymnastics. Arguably, Bill Clinton stood for the first two, but he never showed signs of any desire to stand up to the Saudis (and almost instantly dropped his anti-Chinese rhetoric from the 1992 campaign after being elected--what a shock), and he isn't running again in any event. Somehow, I don't see a candidate in either party running on that platform--more's the pity.

"Force them to become more copetitive, in other words more like us, or lose their best and brightest."

I like that idea--bring back "the brain drain." One of the things I never forgave Bush 41 for was for refusing to offer all Chinese students in the US permanent resident status after the Tienanmen Square massacre--losing thousands of their best and brightest would have been an appropriate punishment for their crimes against humanity. Of course, that would have been bad for trade relations. Some things are more important, and that may end up being true for our relations with the French and Germans; however, I'm all for trying less destructive means first.

Posted by: M. Scott Eiland at March 26, 2003 11:54 PM

The US Govt should not do this; individual consumers/businesses should. Nothing wrong with millions of people voting with their wallets.

But by all means, bring on the Brain Drain. This is the best idea of all.

Posted by: Drained Brain at March 27, 2003 02:57 PM
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