Ms. Schlafly is way off the mark on this one. To see the free trade issue clearly, just think of money as a measure of productivity. The more money you earn, the more productive you are. If Supplier A can provide a component for less money than Supplier B, why in the world would the final manufacturer buy the parts from Supplier A - regardless of where the suppliers reside? By buying from Supplier A, the manufacturer has simply improved his own productivity. A related question is why make something yourself if it would cost you less to buy it from someone else? The money saved doesn't disappear from the face of the earth; it is available to be used in other ways.