(p. A13) Mr. Frank said the Jeffersonian notion that farming was a superior form of life has led to subsidies and protectionism in the U.S. Similar problems exist in the European Union. Saying EU agriculture policy is “ridiculous,” Frank claimed European farmers should be bought out.
The idea that the “noble yeoman” must be protected at all costs leads to protectionism, Frank said.
For the full story, see:
Neal Lipschutz. “Davos Dispatch: Frank vs. Thomas Jefferson on Farming and Protectionism.” The Wall Street Journal (Thurs., Jan 28, 2010): A13.
A version of the brief story appeared online as:
Neal Lipschutz. “Davos Live; Frank Takes On Jefferson Over Farming.” Posted Jan 28, 2010. http://blogs.wsj.com/davos/2010/01/27/frank-takes-on-jefferson-over-farming/?KEYWORDS=Thomas+Jefferson+Protectionism