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The Washington Post’s Front Page Editorial on Mexican Elections

The lead headline of the Washington Post this morning was “Mexico Vote Tally Gives Free-Trader a Narrow Victory.” Wrong! Felipe Calderon, the candidate who is now ahead in the vote tally to be Mexico’s next president is not a free-trader. He has supported increasing copyright and patent protection and shown no special interest in removing protectionist barriers that obstruct free trade in the services of highly paid professionals (e.g. doctors, lawyers, accountants).

The Washington Post does not own the term “free-trade.” If they want to identify Calderon by his trade position, they can call him pro-NAFTA. It is more accurate and saves 2 letters.


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