Rick Perry on Free Trade

Republican Governor (TX)


Ex-Im Bank is corrupt; closing it helps our competitiveness

HH: You used to be a big Ex-Im supporter. I'm a big Ex-Im supporter, and you switched on this. I think we need this bank.

RP: Well, I think we need to be competitive. And I think we need to have a conversation about how we are more competitive by number one, changing our tax policy and changing our regulatory policy so that our companies can be more competitive. But here's what changed me. And I don't think anybody can stand up and defend the Ex-Im Bank after the corruption and fraud became.....

HH: But reform it. Don't end it, reform it.

RP: Well, and you know what? My deal is that sometimes, you've got to threaten people pretty deeply to get their attention, and doing away with them is a very powerful threat.

Source: Hugh Hewitt 2015 interview of 2016 presidential hopefuls , May 20, 2015

China practices communism at night & capitalism in daytime

Perry said trading with Castro's Cuba was unlikely to change the communist nation's ways. Improving trade relationships elsewhere, he added, would best serve American interests. Perry proposed China as a better trading partner. Increasing US ties with Beijing, he said, could lead the Asian nation towards democracy.

"China's different," Perry said of both countries. "China basically practices communism at night and capitalism in the daytime. There's a chance for our trade to engage with them and possibly change the culture."

Source: The Hill weblog coverage of 2015 Iowa Ag Summit , Mar 7, 2015

NAFTA is largest job stimulus of the decade

Rick Perry has a long record of public statements in support of free trade. "NAFTA is the largest job stimulus packet to come along this decade," said then-Agriculture Secretary Perry in 1993, "Instead of building trade barriers against Mexico, we need to tear them down and make it as easy to trade with Mexico as Kansas and Nebraska."

"Export markets are the future of agriculture," Perry said in 1994. "NAFTA is one of the tools that we have gotten." In 1993, he praised the GATT Agreement as a "good deal for Texas agriculture". More recently, Perry has said that he will "be urging 'our friends in Washington' not to enact regulations that would hinder free trade.

Perry did support price supports for farmers as a candidate for Agriculture Commissioner in 1990, but he has also bashed Republicans for supporting tariffs on steel.

Source: Club for Growth 2012 Presidential White Paper #10: Perry , Sep 23, 2011

Welcome market of united Europe & ever-growing China & India

I see an America where the innovation and hard work of the American people creates still more opportunities, jobs, and wealth. I see a nation that is not cowering to the prospect of a united Europe or an ever-growing China and India, but rather welcomes those markets and many others as opportunities for the entrepreneurial and industrious spirit of the American people. I see a world where free trade opens up more doors and where people embrace trade's benefit to both America and the rest of the world.
Source: Fed Up!, by Gov. Rick Perry, p.172 , Nov 15, 2010

Milk price controls are egregiously interventionist

One of the most egregious results of interventionist, unconstitutional policy is today's dairy industry. Agriculture Department bureaucrats set the price of milk, and nobody is allowed to offer a lower price. Consider the example of Dutch immigrant Hein Hettinga, who set up a dairy business outside of the federal government controls in the 1990s. He sold milk to grocery stores for 20 cents less than the government-mandated price & naturally had a booming business. He's been tied up in litigation against Washington ever since

Hettinga was quoted as saying he "had an awakening.--it's not totally free enterprise in the US." The indefensible price controls enforced by running entrepreneurs like Hettinga out of business mean that Americans pay 26% more for milk than they would otherwise.. In effect, Americans are double-taxed by these left-over New Deal farm policies: we pay higher prices in the store for food, while we pay billions of dollars in taxes to fund the Farm Bill, loaded with pork.

Source: Fed Up!, by Gov. Rick Perry, p. 68 , Nov 15, 2010

Enforce trade law against subsidized Canadian lumber imports.

Perry signed the Southern Governors' Association resolution:

Source: Resolution of Southern Governor's Assn. on Lumber Subsidies 01-SGA3 on Sep 9, 2001

Bound under state commitment to CAFTA.

Perry is profiled in ALIPAC report on Governors

States' commitments under CAFTA:

Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC) compiled a list of the status of each of the 50 states with regards to CAFTA procurement. For states that have rescinded their commitment, we infer that the incumbent governor strongly opposes CAFTA (because the state made a commitment and then un-made it). For states that declined to commit, we infer that the incumbent governor somewhat opposes CAFTA. For states that committed, we infer that the incumbent governor supports CAFTA.

CAFTA is the Central American Free Trade Agreement. CAFTA expands NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement, between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico) to five Central American nations (Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica and Nicaragua), and the Dominican Republic. It passed Congress on July 27, 2005.

Opposition to CAFTA procurement rules (by Public Citizen): Should an international trade agreement determine how we are allowed to spend our domestic tax dollars? Prior to the passage of CAFTA, the majority of state governments agreed: Subjecting decisions about how to spend state taxpayer dollars to second-guessing by foreign trade tribunals is a bad idea! As a result, a bi-partisan group of governors withdrew their initial agreement to bind their states to comply with CAFTA's procurement rules. Many other governors simply avoided binding their states to CAFTA's procurement rules in the first place. Common state economic development and environmental policies are prohibited by trade agreement procurement rules include:

Source: Americans for Legal Immigration PAC report 14_Lt_FT on Aug 7, 2005

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