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Trade treaties

Published: Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Our free trade treaties such as the World Trade Organization and the North American Free Trade Agreement are all promoted as providing more American jobs from exports, plus foreign stability of our partners. Treaties, nonetheless, gutted our manufacturing. The proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership threatens likewise.

In 1980, many factories were shipped to Mexico, subsidized, to abroad even, by the United States.

But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s bill could end American taxpayers bankrolling and offshoring its very own jobs, as started with Mexico and Central America with NAFTA.

Regarding foreign stability, U.S. subsidized Big Agriculture to ship corn to Mexico, thereby undermining Mexican family farms and causing double migration here. Drug violence also increased.

Between 2000 and 2011, trade treaties purported to counter Japan’s and China’s influence in the West and Latin America, but Japan’s and China’s exports soared while ours fell. China’s wages typically are abysmal. The U.S. needs an import quota equal to our partners export amount.

The proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, authored by 600 corporate advisers, could further offshore America’s jobs.

Trade treaties offshore our jobs and injure foreign stability.

Bernice Russell

Crystal Lake

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