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Ever since World War II, and specifically since the launch of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade in 1947, the United States both its government and its people has been squarely in support of free trade.Yet programs like Trade Adjustment Assistance in the United States, a government policy to partially reimburse people who lost their jobs due to free trade, do not always garner public support, primarily because these programs can look like redistribution.Losing one's job in the U.S. steel industry due to foreign competition may look awfully permanent, but it is hard to imagine governments subsidizing displaced workers for decades.Another solution is to have the government subsidize private livelihood insurance to help cover the cost of jobs lost to foreign trade.
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