Of course, Reagan was for international trade, but he did not see it or use it as a stepping-stone to global governance, accepting cheating by foreign countries, rules set by panels of countries that hate and envy us, or any vision of globalism. Reagan looked upon foreign trade as a component of American economic and military superiority, and as a vehicle to bring down the Soviet Union, otherwise known as the "evil empire." Reagan stood for the United States maintaining a strong industrial base not only because that translates into good jobs for Americans and an expansion of the middle class. Reagan came from the generation who understood that America's World War II victory was based on our tremendous manufacturing industry that overnight turned from producing automobiles into military weapons and tractors into tanks.
Reagan signed a Buy America policy for federal highway and transit projects. No way would he have approved building a Keystone XL oil pipeline with steel pipe imported from a Russian-owned mill. No way would he have approved the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge assembled from steel sections made in China. It's impossible to believe that Reagan would have knuckled under to impertinent edicts of a bunch of anti-American countries in Geneva called the World Trade Organization, which is demanding that we repeal our COOL law (Country Of Origin Labeling).
Reagan imposed tariffs on motorcycles to protect Harley-Davidson and on electronic products from Japan. Like Alexander Hamilton and Republican party policy for many decades, Reagan understood that a strong manufacturing base is a major element of America's greatness, military superiority, and prosperity.
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