Since I am not debating the logic, or theory of any previous trade beliefs, but rather am addressing the negative effects that I have been able to see personally and know well etc I am going to stick with that of which I am more knowledgeable of.
One thing that is obvious is the serious negative effects of so many years of trade imbalance that go right down to the core of our system and people.
Consider a ride through the most successful industrial states of the past century and tell everyone what you think of what you find.
Let us know your thoughts on the decaying buildings and infrastructure, resulting ranks of homeless those on government services, and all the other related negative results of our our of control imports.
I have not witnessed it directly but I understand that even the areas where many companies had originally moved production to in order to take advantage of reduced labor and environmental costs like South Carolina etc are actually seeing the same problems of the industrial or rust belt states, and share the empty buildings, job loss, and other results of losses to manufacturing from the imbalance in imports.
Also the town hall reference was meant to address the length of properly writing out full thoughts, and the benefit of being able to discuss directly in person as well as totally sarcastic.