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Few are aware that NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) has rendered us uncompetitive in the world economy, has destroyed our industrial base, caused us to outsource most of our production, and killed most of our manufacturing jobs.

Imagine if Congress decided that a single state, such as California or Michigan, was in desperate need of jobs and investment and made dramatic changes to boost that state’s economy.

Imagine Congress did the following for only one American state:

  • Dropped the minimum wage to $3 per hour
  • Exempted them from child labor laws
  • Expanded the work week
  • Reduced health and work place safety laws
  • Banned unions
  • Reduced protection for the environment

On top of this, the companies residing in this state would still have free duty-free access to all of the others states. In other words, companies in this state could produce at a fraction of the cost of other states, yet would be able to sell directly to all other 49 states and compete at no additional cost.

What would you think of that? You and the other 49 states might agree that this was absolutely ridiculous! 

But this is exactly what is happening right now with NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement). Not with California or Michigan, but with Mexico and Canada from the time NAFTA was passed. Why would any company manufacture in the U.S. now when it can produce next-door in Mexico with all these unfair advantages?

When NAFTA was passed, many people feared the worst. The results have indeed been disastrous:

  • The trade deficit with Mexico has exploded
  • Mexican wages remain nearly as low as they were prior to NAFTA and are still a small fraction of our average wages
  • Wealth and power has not filtered to the people. Most of Mexico is still controlled by less than 100 corporations in Mexico
  • Many of our other trading partners have relocated facilities to Mexico to circumvent other trade agreements with the us
  • American manufacturing has lost 3 Million jobs in the past 10 years as U.S. companies have also moved to Mexico for lower wages and lax regulations

On the basis of the one-sided disastrous results over the past 15 years, whoever advocated NAFTA seems to be either grossly negligent of their duty of representing their constituents or is simply working contrary to the best interest of this country.

 

 
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TRUMP is making America GREAT AGAIN!!!   The good ole days are not gone for good!
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If you pay attention, when you find "Made in the USA" products in the store, you'll notice that they're waving that flag and drawing as much attention to the fact as they can. Made in America is coming back because it's in demand. I'm always looking for that flag and I'm not the only one. If I can't find what I'm looking for in stores, I'll find it online. You want my business? You know what to do.   Manufacturing has a bright future, the new generation of emerging manufacturers aren't in big factories, they aren't huge employers.   And the equipment used to produce products has shrunk in size... from the factory floor to the kitchen table.  
 
Most of our next gen manufacturers are women, they sell online through Etsy.com or at local festivals. They don't have a clue about how to price, produce, sell and grow. They produce jewelry, soap, lotions, artwork, sculpture, pottery, and other accessories in new designs that can't come from big manufacturers. How many are they? Millions! 
 
Why doesn't our government have programs to support their growth? They can't see them. They are part of the informal economy, flying under the radar of the Dept of Labor and Bureau of Labor Statistics. When free trade opened up every other country took advantage by sending their smallest producers to the USA to sell. We watched, and we did nothing. The race to enter the marketplace caused trade show costs to explode from $2000 to $20,000 per booth in many sectors, squeezing out small US producers.

THE MESSAGE- Buy American from American owned small businesses!

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Few are aware that NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) has rendered us uncompetitive in the world economy, has destroyed our industrial base, caused us to outsource most of our production, and killed most of our manufacturing jobs.

Imagine if Congress decided that a single state, such as California or Michigan, was in desperate need of jobs and investment and made dramatic changes to boost that state’s economy.

Imagine Congress did the following for only one American state:

  • Dropped the minimum wage to $3 per hour
  • Exempted them from child labor laws
  • Expanded the work week
  • Reduced health and work place safety laws
  • Banned unions
  • Reduced protection for the environment

On top of this, the companies residing in this state would still have free duty-free access to all of the others states. In other words, companies in this state could produce at a fraction of the cost of other states, yet would be able to sell directly to all other 49 states and compete at no additional cost.

What would you think of that? You and the other 49 states might agree that this was absolutely ridiculous!

But this is exactly what is happening right now with NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement). Not with California or Michigan, but with Mexico and Canada from the time NAFTA was passed. Why would any company manufacture in the U.S. now when it can produce next-door in Mexico with all these unfair advantages?

When NAFTA was passed, many people feared the worst. The results have indeed been disastrous:

  • The trade deficit with Mexico has exploded
  • Mexican wages remain nearly as low as they were prior to NAFTA and are still a small fraction of our average wages
  • Wealth and power has not filtered to the people. Most of Mexico is still controlled by less than 100 corporations in Mexico
  • Many of our other trading partners have relocated facilities to Mexico to circumvent other trade agreements with the us
  • American manufacturing has lost 3 Million jobs in the past 10 years as U.S. companies have also moved to Mexico for lower wages and lax regulations

On the basis of the one-sided disastrous results over the past 15 years, whoever advocated NAFTA seems to be either grossly negligent of their duty of representing their constituents or is simply working contrary to the best interest of this country.

 

The Truth About the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

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This video sent to us reminds us just how far we have fallen from being the manufacturing capital of the world - when we had a strong middle class!


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