I was somewhat amused by your editorial (‘Congress must fast-track Korean trade pact,’ 12-9) your baseless claim it “will create American jobs.”
The fact is so-called free trade agreements have shipped 5 million good manufacturing jobs overseas to cheap labor countries.
The North American Free Trade Agreement sent American jobs to Mexico, destroyed part of the Mexican economy by fueling illegal migration and established the drug trade like never before just across the border.
These agreements are the reason we are in debt to every major nation in the world – especially China.
Just one page back from your glowing recommendation to enter yet another one of these disasters, the TNT has a article on how Sen. Maria Cantwell is fighting to get Mexico to open its market to Washington products because they have refused to carry out their end of the an agreement made in 2003.
Tariffs used to pay almost all the expenses of the federal government and other countries owed us.
Free trade” is myth. It’s time for Congress to start acting in our interests again.