Many thought President Obama would be the hope and change our country needed to see the middle class restored. Instead of following his campaign promises to renegotiate NAFTA, he has pushed for even more “free trade” agreements including KORUS, TPP and TTIP. Each of these trade agreements have caused our country to sink further into massive trade deficits, and have stripped well-paying manufacturing jobs from our shores.
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For nearly two decades our leaders have failed us in creating “free trade” agreements that have sold out the middle class, and destroyed our manufacturing base. We must hold those accountable who made and continue to strive to pass more of these agreements.
The United States was once considered rich. We accumulated abundance throughout most of the twentieth century. We were a very productive country whose wealth, to a great extent, derived from manufacturing. Our companies invented and produced many of the things we needed and much of what the rest of the world consumed.
A fair trade relationship between countries is something to be desired. Each country can take advantage of its relative strengths and both countries grow economically. An unfair trade relationship, however, can be as destructive as the fair one is healthy, and can lead to the decline of a civilization. This latter case is precisely the malaise afflicting America. Just look at our relationship with China as an illustration.