Manufacturing and Technology News credits The Heritage Foundation with changing the debate on Trade Adjustment Assistance, an ineffective government program that offered training and other benefits to workers affected by foreign trade:
In the past, conservative backers of free trade understood that in order to pass trade agreements and Trade Promotion Authority, there needed to be a safety net — and political cover — for the workers losing their jobs to imports. But that compact has disappeared.
After the Heritage Foundation issued a paper in 2011 titled “Let the Ineffective and Wasteful [TAA] Program Expire,” “we saw the Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee who were pretty faithful supporters of the program take their foot off the accelerator,” says McHugh. “They weren’t interested in expanding the program with the improvements that were made.”
Here’s the 2011 report by Heritage’s David Muhlhausen, who pointed out that the program has done little to raise the wages of participants.
Do you think the government should continue an ineffective program like this?