Becker-Posner on Union Power in the Obama Administration

Becker and Posner has a thorough write up about why Obama did what he did regarding the “Buy American” stimulus provision as well as the Chinese tire tariffs.  (here)

While we wait for the data to come in, I expect imports from elsewhere to replace the lost Chinese imports, only negatively affecting Chinese manufacturers and not creating any positive gain for the Unions.  For Obama, he has the support now when re-election comes, but if a trade war ensues, he will have more on his plate than he bargained for.

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