Economic Joudeaux

I'm sure most of you are already reading Café Hayek, but none of our readers are going to miss this brilliant observation from Don Boudreaux on my watch:

If protectionists such as Patrick Buchanan and Lou Dobbs dismiss as worthless the things that American consumers buy from foreigners, consistency demands that these pundits also dismiss as worthless the things that American industry would be prompted to produce by higher tariffs and other protectionist measures.

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I was expecting him to say

I was expecting him to say that consistency demands that they also dismiss as worthless the products that foriegners buy from Americans

This is the kind of thing

This is the kind of thing that makes me think I'm an idiot. This is so obvious, but I've never thought of it before. Why does it take brilliant people to point out obvious things?