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The ‘West Side Story’ defense of sugar subsidies

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In “West Side Story,” the Jets and Sharks both bring weapons to the big rumble — not because either side wants weapons, but just because the other side is going to. This defense is always used in the case of trade subsidies. It’s how supposed free-traders defend the Export-Import Bank, which subsidizes U.S. exports, mostly Boeing jets — Airbus does it too! they shout. And it’s how Republican...

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