Ill-informed opinions

    U.S. Senator Hawley recently had an op-ed originally published in the “New York Times.” His criticism of past trade and financial policies is well founded. The Neo-liberals have created a system that rewarded the already wealthy at the expense of the working and middle class.

He is wrong in his description of what the Biden administration believes and is trying to do. A few facts and quotes show how wrong Hawley's statements are. What we cannot tell is if he is ignorant or lying. The following substantiated facts are from Thomas Reuters, a British news agency (March 31, 2021).*
    The incoming U.S. Trade Chief Katherine Tai speaks for the administration in saying that its approach to trade policies will put American workers at the center, ensuring “trade agreements protect and enhance U.S. jobs” adding that Biden’s vision is to “implement a worker-centered trade policy.”
    The recently released 2021 President’s Trade Policy provides this summary on their agenda: “The Biden Administration will seek to build consensus on how trade policies may address the climate crisis, bolster sustainable renewable energy supply chains, end unfair trade practices, discourage regulatory arbitrage, and foster innovation and creativity.”
    ...the trade war with China encompasses other areas that the current administration plans to address and enforce. China’s behavior in the market, which include intellectual property, piracy, and human right issues, will be in focus.
    The report and recommendations were in response to Executive Order 14017, which President Biden issued on February 24 to focus on securing critical supply chains in the United States.
    The Biden administration also announced a supply chain disruptions task force focused on four critical products: semiconductor manufacturing and advanced packaging; large capacity batteries, like those used in electric vehicles; critical minerals and materials; and pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs).
    Contrast the above statements with this from Hawley: “But President Biden seems determined to repeat the follies of the past. His administration acts as if we must embrace lower expectations and that America must come to accept that unstable supply and volatile prices are unavoidable. As if we are too weak to do otherwise.”
    Our country does not need elected officials who are willing to publish such ill-informed opinions.
James Vokac
Willow Springs, Mo.