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A Protectionist is Someone Who…

… applauds gleefully when those who wield political power over him make good on promises to use that power to obstruct his and his fellow citizens’ access to goods and services.  The protectionist cheers upon learning that he and his fellow citizens will be punitively taxed whenever they buy goods and services the supplies of which his rulers have divined are too high and the prices of which these rulers insist are too low.  The protectionist jumps for joy at having his and his neighbors’ pockets picked by the economically incompetent but politically powerful.  And the protectionist drools idiotically over his rulers’ false assurances that all of this taxing and obstructing cronyism is meant to put him “first.”