An Urban's Rural View
Urban C. Lehner Editor Emeritus
Fri Apr 11, 2014 02:00 PM CDT

As the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks continue to produce headlines, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has once again declared that while he favors a "good" TPP deal, no deal would be better than a bad one. So far, though, U.S. negotiators haven't defined "good" and "bad."

The TPP talks are supposed to be "ambitious." A perfect deal, then, would end all tariffs and non-tariff barriers among the 12 TPP nations. No one has said so but most likely a substantial reduction in tariffs -- say, to low single digits in percentage terms -- would still qualify as "good."

What if, without ...

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