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Well. If we can save some jobs by stopping outsourcing at the U.S. border, then just imagine how many more jobs we could save by forbidding companies to move jobs between states. And if Obama and Romney really want to create jobs, then they should propose a ban on interstate trucking – and maybe in-state trucking, too. Wall off the cities and make the inhabitants fend for themselves. That will keep ’em busy.
In rhetoric, they call this line of argument the reduction ad absurdam. (“Oh, you want to save lives by lowering the speed limit to 55 mph? Why not lower it to 10? Or five? Why not make everybody walk?”) In this case, though, what’s really absurd is the notion that the less we trade, the better off we’ll be.
Even a high-schooler can see through that.
A. Barton Hinkle is a columnist at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, where this article originally appeared.