And So I Go: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Newsletter from Heritage for Action

Posted on: June 1, 2011

Brenda,President Obama is blocking three job-creating free trade agreements that would boost domestic jobs by increasing our exports to South Korea, Panama and Columbia. The President is blocking this until he can extend an expensive and failed stimulus program.

That program, the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program, provides extensive benefits to workers displaced by foreign trade. TAA is costing taxpayers billions and billions of dollars each year and to date has produced paltry results. Furthermore, the workers the program effects are only a fraction of the currently unemployed — only 1 percent.

The program shows no evidence that those enrolled received better, higher-paying jobs than those who did not receive TAA benefits. So why is President Obama insisting that this boondoggle is funded before he agrees to sign the free trade agreements?
>> Learn more: find out why free trade creates jobs and how you can send a strong message to President Obama and the left.

Free trade creates jobs. TAA does not.

Instead of taking steps to actually reduce the number of unemployed in this country, President Obama has decided to hold jobs hostage in order to breathe new life into a failed welfare program. We cannot let this happen.

Find out how you can help Heritage Action for America counteract President Obama’s dangerous hostage-taking.

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9 Responses to "Newsletter from Heritage for Action"

Hi Brenda, I pray and hope that all is well🙂
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Here’s a link to an article about the number of jobs which California alone has lost purportedly due to NAFTA.

I did not conduct the research personally, and do not have any first hand information in this regard; however, it seems that the arguments are all over the place by both sides, with little empirical and long-term study being conducted.

Both sides seem to pick and choose the stats which support their view.

I don’t think that we will really be able to assess the impact for probably 300 years or so. By then, it will be too late to take action.

Arguably, some might take the position that protectionism is best since that is the most selfish and the most concrete position which our minds can grasp easily.

Reggie, I have to agree that the United States does lose jobs when we establish free trade agreements with other countries due to the lower incomes in other countries and therefore the cheaper costs of goods. However in the long run bringing up the standard of living and the wages of those in other countries will, I believe, benefit the United States. Think of the greater markets we are creating for our goods! Just think of the size of China and India and the wide open market that will give US producers!

The world is now a community and just as we can not live comfortably and happily in a community by staying in our own homes, we as a nation can not live happily and comfortably in our own country. BB

Can’t China manufacture virtually all of the goods that the people of China and India will need in the future? How is that creating a market for US goods? Once the Chinese have our facilities on their land, and have learned our technology and methods, what prevents them from simply taking care of their own first, and doing what is in their best interests?

I have faith that Americans if given the chance by a government getting out of their way will continue to be the creators far into the future just as they have been during this past 200 years. While China or anyone else is stealing the current products Americans will be creating new ones. There is so much yet to learn and do on Earth, and then there is outer space. this of course only if the current path of government is turned around and Americans are again allowed to be free and free to think and create and make a PROFIT> BB

Brenda, I hope you are well! I have spent a lot of time pondering Free Trade and studying it. Free Trade absolutely sounds good on paper and has benefits. But on the whole it shifts jobs to impoverished nations and rarely boosts the local population out of poverty. It often only encourages corporate institutional slavery, enriches regional elite, and MNCs.

I am a died-in-the-wool capitalist but I am also an uncompromising proponent of freedom and while I appreciate the cheap products and the import, logistical, and retail jobs FT affords I resent the American manufacturing job losses, the wage impact, and the trade imbalances that result from unbridled FT. Furthermore the abuse many foreign workers suffer is unconscionable.

TAA does nothing to address any of the real problems created by FT agreements and is merely theatrics, “bread and circuses.” Products produced by abused workers should be banned. Workers should be properly compensated according to regional standards such that their QOL is improved.

Otherwise American workers are being unfairly played and American consumers are promoting slavery and oppression. In fact that is what is currently happening.

American, I agree with you on all points. I really and truly do, but I maintain that in the long run and after several generations perhaps the free trade and lifting the entire worlds standards of living is better for mankind and the world. It may take several generations to do. My grandparents came to the United States dirt poor and lived that way but Grandpap had a job and was able to get all his kids thru school and into better jobs. His grandchildren mostly are college graduates. This is what a job will mean to a person in a third world country. A job and a glimpse of a way out of poverty also has a tendency to lower the birth rate by giving women more authority over a families life. The man is working and the wife has to care for the family and seeing just how far she can stretch the money to feed the family and she understands that another mouth is not the way to go.. We can not over look this aspect of giving a job to a poverty stricken male either. So, tho I agree with you on the short goal of the United States today I simply think we as human beings must look beyond our own immediate needs and goals.

AND, I hate to bring this up but we Americans have had the good life too damned long and we have abused it! We Americans have more money and less savings than any other nation in the world! Our country is at great risk of being over taken by evil and we have put ourselves in this position with our own immaturity and greed. Yes, greed! Look at all the good Americans storming state houses and fighting in the streets because their government hand outs are about to be cut a little bit. they won’t even give fellow Americans a chance at a job if it means cutting their own income as little as 2%. I have said for a while now that some Americans need a swift kick in the butt and they are about to get it.

How will they get it? Watch the stock market for the coming great big crash. BB

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