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Can International Trade Save American Jobs?: Left of Center View

Proponents of “free” as opposed to fair trade often point to the need to expand international markets to American goods as a reason to make trade deals that allow for the exploitation of foreign workers in order for American companies to make higher profits and reinvest the money in America. Unfortunately most of the increased profits are not reinvested in American workers or jobs.

As factories are closed in America and jobs are sent to Asia and elsewhere American workers are forced to take lower paying jobs in order to afford even the basic necessities of life. Since the passage of NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) profits for companies have gone up while jobs have disappeared and skilled workers have had to take on unskilled positions because there are no jobs requiring their skills left where they live. Places like Pennsylvania and Michigan have been hit especially hard by the loss of high paying manufacturing jobs. Economies once supported by factories are collapsing and home foreclosures are hitting record highs due to people’s inability to pay their mortgages.

The question is how can we turn things around for the American worker? Certainly we do not need to isolate ourselves from the world but at the same time we cannot let big business write our trade policy without consideration of the jobs that may move overseas. To save American jobs we need to create self-sustaining industries here in America that are not dependent on international buyers but that are open to trade if demand exists.

As we face record fuel prices and increased costs for the basic necessities of life we need to look to alternatives to gasoline and build industries in the United States that will employ skilled workers producing those fuels and the automobiles that consume them. As we develop those technologies trade will follow. Other nations will take interest in our products and want to buy them but it requires that we act here at home first. International trade is good for America but only if it is balanced trade. If we are buying more than we are selling it will eventually collapse our economy. We must begin to increase our production of goods that the world needs and lessen our dependence on foreign goods if we are to turn around the failing American economy. That begins with making sound trade policies including guarantees of goods from American factories being on the shelves of foreign stores.


LJ Finstermore - World Citizen | E-mail Comments on this column. | Click icon to Digg this article

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Would Harsher Sentences for Undocumented Criminals Lower Crime?
Will There Ever Be Comprehensive Immigration Reform in America?
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How Will the Oil Crisis Impact Foreign Policy?
What is a Fair Path to Citizenship for Undocumented Workers?
Which of the Presidential Candidates Will Bring the Best Immigration Policy Into Office?
Outsourcing, Bad Trade Policy and Recessions
Is America Capable of Breaking Free from Foreign Oil Dependency?
What Does the Globalization of Big Business Mean for America?
Are American Car Makers Ready for the Oil Crisis or Will Japan Reign Supreme Once Again?
Does Dependency on Foreign Oil Endanger America?
What is a "Real" American?
Racial Profiling - Is It Ever OK?
Who Wins When Undocumented Workers Come to America?
NAFTA and the Election
How Can We Curb Illegal Immigration?
Fear Mongering and Illegal Immigration
Border Security and the War on Drugs
Outsourcing or Undocumented Workers: Which Hurts American Workers More?
Sierra Club vs. Border Fence
Who Owns America?
Redefining Immigration
Racism and the Immigration Debate
Free Trade vs. Fair Trade
Migrant Farm Workers and the Cost of Groceries
What Does a New Leader for Cuba Mean for America?
High Tech Worker Visas and American Unemployment
What's Wrong With Our Current Immigration System?
How Will The Upcoming Election Impact Immigration Policy?
National ID Cards for American Citizens
American Children of Undocumented Immigrants
Globalization and Immigration
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Can International Trade Save American Jobs?: Right of Center View

Free trade agreements have been a raw deal for America. Our leaders gave away the farm to foreign interests and American jobs were lost. Ross Perot got it right when he said there would be a giant sucking sound of American jobs going overseas if we passed NAFTA. Now we watch our friends and neighbors losing their jobs and wonder if we are going to be next.

If we weren’t at war our unemployment rate might cripple the nation. American companies that have been here for centuries are being put out of business by overseas companies that can send goods over here without paying more than a pittance in tariffs before selling their goods at a huge profit to American consumers. American companies have been forced to open factories in countries all over the world just to be able to compete in the American marketplace. Globally American companies are struggling to compete with subsidized or nationalized businesses in competition for the same international customers. In many cases the struggle for business is a losing battle for American companies that only a decade ago dominated the same markets.

The better question to ask might be; “Will free trade agreements kill American jobs and the economy?” It seems like we are speeding down a dark highway with no lights on. American working class people are in real danger of losing the things we have worked so hard for if we don’t change direction soon. Foreclosures are at an all time high and it’s working class people who are losing their homes in many cases to banks based overseas.

We also have real enemies that want to do us harm and if we don’t get our people back to work soon, we won’t have enough money to pay for the troops to track down and take out our enemies. America can’t afford to lose the war on terror and if we keep spending all our money with foreign companies we won’t be able to afford to fight that war. We need to pull out of NAFTA and other similar agreements and make new more favorable agreements for the future. America’s economy hasn’t collapsed yet but if we don’t watch out we could very well go beyond the point of no return in selling out our future to foreigners. Our soldiers shouldn’t be fighting for their country only to come home and be unemployed because their job went to China.

Tony M. - California | E-mail Comments on this column. | Click icon to Digg this article

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How Much Impact Will Our Faltering Economy Have on Illegal Immigration?

Previous Weeks Views from the Right:
Would Harsher Sentences for Undocumented Criminals Lower Crime?
Will There Ever Be Comprehensive Immigration Reform in America?
Do Undocumented Immigrants Pose a Health Risk for Americans?
How Will the Oil Crisis Impact Foreign Policy?
What is a Fair Path to Citizenship for Undocumented Workers?
Which of the Presidential Candidates Will Bring the Best Immigration Policy Into Office?
Outsourcing, Bad Trade Policy and Recessions
Is America Capable of Breaking Free from Foreign Oil Dependency?
What Does the Globalization of Big Business Mean for America?
Are American Car Makers Ready for the Oil Crisis or Will Japan Reign Supreme Once Again?
Does Dependency on Foreign Oil Endanger America?
What is a "Real" American?
Racial Profiling - Is It Ever OK?
Who Wins When Undocumented Workers Come to America?
NAFTA and the Election
How Can We Curb Illegal Immigration?
Fear Mongering and Illegal Immigration
Border Security and the War on Drugs
Outsourcing or Undocumented Workers: Which Hurts American Workers More?
Sierra Club vs. Border Fence
Who Owns America?
Redefining Immigration
Racism and the Immigration Debate
Free Trade vs. Fair Trade
Migrant Farm Workers and the Cost of Groceries
What Does a New Leader for Cuba Mean for America?
High Tech Worker Visas and American Unemployment
What's Wrong With Our Current Immigration System?
How Will The Upcoming Election Impact Immigration Policy?
National ID Cards for American Citizens
American Children of Undocumented Immigrants
Globalization and Immigration
Human Rights and Immigration Policy
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A Legal Immigrant’s Perspective

If you are not a Native American, you are an immigrant, so am I. I came legally to this country at the age of five with my parents who worked hard, paid taxes (even Jesus paid taxes), lived by the rules of this great nation and never took or accepted a penny from the government. We came seeking FREEDOM from a communist country. It was months before we were able to enter the US legally. I remember us getting medical exams, shots (small pox), background check, references, and going through numerous interviews once we arrived. I also remembered people coming to the US from all over the world who waited years since it was based on "Quotas". Read more...

Solving Our Immigration Problem

The major problem our country is facing with illegal immigrants today is because of the exploitation of these immigrants. We believe the solution to this problem is two-fold. First, we should allow more immigrants in this country to cut down on the number of illegal ones. Second, all immigrants should be educated about their rights at the expense of the government. Below, you will find an in-depth look at our suggested reforms.

Reforms for immigration limitations:

-New immigrants can't equal more than 1% of the US population in a given year (the population being from the last recorded census). That 1% will be further divided up to allow only a certain number of immigrants each month.
-Each country of origin for immigrants will be allowed a certain percentage of that 1%. No country could receive more than 10% of the total amount and no country can receive less than .1% of it. The left over percentage will be divided up between all countries as follows: Read more...

Do Elements Within the La Raza Movement Pose a Threat to America?

La Raza means literally “The Race” in Spanish. The movement was formed in 1968 to promote the interests of the Mexican-American community. Like the NAACP and other affirmative-action minded organizations, La Raza has many members that are interested in being part of America and promoting equality for all Americans. The fundamental goals as stated by the movement are benign and represent the ideals of American diversity and cultural pride.

There is another movement affiliated with La Raza that has historically been more militant and still maintains documents within their organization that point to isolationistic views Read More

A Plan

The one major thing that seems to be lacking in the immigration debate is a real plan that addresses the legitimate concerns with illegal immigration. There are strong opinions on both sides and a lot of rhetoric but there isn’t really any solid plan being promoted to address the illegal immigration issue in a way that is both fair and logical.

So, that being said here is my idea:Read More

Trucking Cross Borders

This is mainly a concern for the trucking business. If we allow these people to come into our country, bringing cargo that we in America have, and can supply, then we are saying that the American working people are not needed, and have lost all say to legally enforced DOT (Department of Transportation) laws.Read More



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