"[O]pposing trade promotion authority is not a responsible position. The potential gains from trade liberalization -- to Americans and developing countries -- are too large."
The Washington Post, editorial, November 18, 2001
Trade is very important now, because trade is both good economic policy, and good foreign policy. Trade strengthens our allies, engages our potential adversaries, and its absence harms our enemies. Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) is another arrow for the president's foreign policy bow.
The Heritage Foundation's Center for International Trade and Economics has put together a convincing amount of papers -- all with cogent insight and analysis -- to highlight the benefits of TPA.