Dem Catfish Farmers is Jumpin’

by Don Boudreaux on January 18, 2011

in Other People's Money, Trade

Here’s a letter to CBS News.com:

You write that “Back in 2003, 3 percent of U.S. catfish sales came from foreign countries.  In 2009, that grew to 57 percent.  CBS News Correspondent Mark Strassmann reports that farmers in Alabama are fed up and want the government to do something about it” (“Catfish Imports Worry U.S. Fish Farmers,” Jan. 17).

Translation: “Audaciously spending their own money as they choose, more and more American consumers are buying catfish from foreign suppliers.  CBS New Correspondent Mark Strassmann reports that catfish farmers in Alabama are fed up and want the government to stop each of these consumers from spending his or her money as that consumer sees fit and, instead, to spend his or her money in ways that American catfish farmers see fit.”

Sincerely,
Donald J. Boudreaux

(HT Tim Townsend)

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