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Opening Arguments

Trade wars

Mike Pence, who is considered by some to be one of the new voices of the Republican Party, demonstrates why he deserves to be:

Pence, R-Ind., said Democrats' proposed cap-and-trade legislation to deal with carbon dioxide emissions would also drive more American manufacturing jobs to other countries.

I think, rightly understood, the cap-and-trade legislation represents an economic declaration of war on the Midwest by liberals in Washington,” Pence told The Star Press in a telephone interview.

Not literally war, but if trade turns out to fit the bill for what William James called the "moral equivalent of war," then cap-and-trade is be the moral equivalent of treason, and the casualties will be real.