George Will really gave it to President Bush yesterday for his new steel tariffs. Will says the tariffs may cost 10 jobs in other industries for every steel worker’s job that they save. I heard a figure of 8 jobs lost for every steel job saved somewhere else as well. Of course voters are probably not going to pin these second order effects on Bush, so he buys the steel worker votes and doesn’t lose any others. Hardcore free trade supporters probably aren’t going to vote for a Democrat because Bush betrayed them. What sickens me is that we preach to the developing world constantly about the need for free trade, but given enough whining at home, we’re willing to ditch that for the sake of political expediency.