|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?
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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.
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