Free Trade for Me, but Not for Thee

Outsourcing manufacturing work to China has changed Cushla Reed’s life for the better. She was driven out of New Zealand by red tape and other headaches at home in New Zealand. Yet she opposes freer trade with China, and she seems to think it’s bad news that Chinese workers expect better wages and conditions. That makes sense coming from a heartless employer — but doesn’t she oppose an FTA out of compassion and goodwill? I’m confused. My head hurts. Also, I’m sick again. Washington is a petri dish of disease right now. My eyes are throbbing and my head is spinning. No more computer.