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I read with interest an editorial of “America’s workers need better jobs” by Michael Stumo posted in the Gazette OP/ED of December 5, 2019.He correctly identified that manufacturing jobs were often replaced with lower-wage work—and at reduced weekly hours. However, he failed to mention the cause of the loss of manufacturing jobs in the U.S.
According to Public Citizen and Breitbart, close to 5 million American manufacturing jobs were lost from the U.S. due to the closing of nearly 50 thousand U.S. manufacturing facilities. This occurred after the enactment of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Recall that NAFTA proponents along with former President Bill Clinton claimed it would create a million new jobs in the first five years.
Now we are hearing that the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA, often referred to as NAFTA 2.0) is going to create new jobs. However, we should have learned from NAFTA that such predictions cannot be trusted. Fool us once, shame on you; fool us twice, shame on us.
Researchers from the University of Ottawa found that 57% of the USMCA is copied from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), which President Trump opposed. The USMCA, if passed, would transfer the Constitutional power of Congress to regulate commerce with foreign nations to unaccountable international bureaucracy. USMCA critics point to the almost certain loss of American Sovereignty. If President Trump wants to Keep America Great, he along with Congress would oppose the passage of the USMCA or any other similar so-called Free Trade Agreement.