David Harsanyi

Higher productivity means a higher standard of living for most Americans. Unproductive jobs? We have that covered with the stimulus.

"Our philosophy has to be not how many protectionist measures can we put in place, but how do we invent new things to sell," Rudy Giuliani once explained, nearly perfectly. "That's the view of the future. What (protectionists) are trying to do is lock in the inadequacies of the past."

Any Republican who votes for tariffs in the midst of a major economic downturn is locking in to the inadequacies of the past. And now that Bill Clinton's Democratic Party is no longer around, once the right surrenders on trade, we're going to be in a lot of trouble.

David Harsanyi

David Harsanyi is a senior editor at The Federalist and the author of "The People Have Spoken (and They Are Wrong): The Case Against Democracy." Follow him on Twitter @davidharsanyi.