President Obama made an important speech to the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa yesterday. Like me, he advocates a progressive international policy agenda that both fights inequality and embraces globalization. Matt Yglesias summarized his comments (here):
Speaking to the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa on Wednesday evening, President Barack Obama took the opportunity to defend his administration’s broad approach to globalization and inequality, slamming isolationists and xenophobes on the right as well as the dogmatic laissez faire ideology that he believes gives them succor. But he also took to task critics on the left who see retreat behind national boundaries as the only way forward in a global economy — making a call for more globalization and bigger government combined as the key to a successful progressive internationalist approach to the world economy.
I am with Obama and my advocacy for more dual language immersion programs and paid high school study abroad programs are efforts to strengthen our abilities to sells more goods and services abroad and to spread the benefits of international trade.
I am going to miss Obama!