The Last Thing American Workers and Our Economy Need

President Obama submitted three free trade agreements to Congress; US Rep. Dennis Kucinich weighs in.

On Monday, President Obama submitted three free trade agreements to Congress based on the flawed North-American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) model that has been devastating to our economy, American workers and to labor and environmental standards. 

Hundreds of thousands of American jobs have been displaced and outsourced as a result of our pursuit of trade policies which are adverse to the economic interests of the American people. 

My home State of Ohio is one of the top-10 states posting the biggest job losses since the passage of NAFTA. 

Unfortunately, the proposed free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama do nothing to address the significant flaws in the free trade model that prioritize the rights of multinational companies over the rights of workers and the American economy. 

The Korea-U.S. and U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreements are expected to increase our trade deficit by over $16 billion and result in the displacement or loss of over 200,000 jobs. 

This is on top of the over 2 million American jobs that have been displaced or eliminated over the past ten years as a result of our increased trade deficit with China.

The last thing American workers and our economy needs is more NAFTA-style free trade agreements.

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Mike Rasor October 05, 2011 at 12:16 AM
I was going to say history book, Mr. Moyer. I have a saying for political rhetoric like Kucinich's: SGNT "Sounds good, not true."
James Thomas October 05, 2011 at 05:28 PM
RA, what I wanted? Not entirely. The fact that the war In Iraq was greatly supported (at the time) by both parties, and has achieved at least some of the goals hoped for seems to support my contention rather than disprove it. Rep. K went one way and the country went another. For all its negatives the Iraq war has achieved some good in the region.
Robin Anderson October 05, 2011 at 06:45 PM
I'm sure more than a few grins spread across the faces of folks at the likes of Haliburton when they read such comments. I haven't been able to find yet just how Rep K voted on NAFTA. From the discussions I've heard, it seems that our national leaders decided to allow an erosion of certain sectors of our base economy(trucking, lumber, manufacturing) in favor of obtaining favorable conditions of a steady supply of petroleum from Mexico & Canada.
James Thomas October 06, 2011 at 05:11 PM
RA, NAFTA was signed in 1993 under President Clinton. DK was first elected to Congress in 1997 so was not able to vote on this issue.
W Cline October 11, 2011 at 11:51 PM
Off to WA Dennis please. And why is he getting bandwidth from the Patch?


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