German Chancellor: “Unpatriotic”

Where have I heard this before? Chancellor Gerhard SchrË?der called the transfer of jobs to cheaper foreign locations “unpatriotic” The Chancellor’s remarks came after Ludwig Georg Braun, the president of the federation of chambers of industry and commerce, advised German businesses to “use the opportunities offered by the eastward enlargement of the European Union” rather than “wait for better policies at home.” Wonder SchrË?der is referring to BMW who has invested millions and hired thousands at its facility in South Carolina….or how Kerry would respond! Seems protectionism can work both ways…

Geoffrey Segal is the director of privatization and government reform at Reason Foundation, a nonprofit think tank advancing free minds and free markets. He is also editor of Reason's Privatization Watch.