TRADE: Protectionists Test Carter

Amid all the good fellowship that Jimmy Carter enjoyed last week when he attended a town meeting in Clinton, Mass., there was one discordant note. The President was greeted by a full-page ad in the Clinton daily Item urging him to save the American shoe industry by imposing stiff tariffs and quotas on imports. Earlier in the week, the Government's independent International Trade Commission, which is already on record in favor of protecting the shoemakers, had called for tight curbs on U.S. imports of sugar and color-television sets as well. "The protectionist heat is on," said a top Carter economic...

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