Trade agreements have caused the loss of millions of jobs in US

Published: 12/30/13 @ 12:05

Back in 1992 while I was an officer in the USWA (United Steelworkers of America) at Wheatland Tube Co. the Congress and President Clinton were about to set in motion one of the worst trade agreements ever. It was NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement). From the get-go the steelworkers, autoworkers and numerous other unions were against it, stating that it would cost the U.S. jobs and manufacturing facilities. We were bombarded from all sides on how great it would be for the U.S., Mexico and Canada. It was signed, sealed and delivered in 1993 and since that time we have lost 2.5 million jobs and numerous businesses have staked out a claim in Mexico.

These figures don’t lie, and you would think that President Obama, along with the House and Senate, would do something to halt the job losses and the loss of our manufacturing base, not to mention our sovereignty. NAFTA should be repealed, but that probably will never happen because of inaction on the part of the president and Congress, but at least try.

NAFTA, CAFTA, GATT, etc., all have given us a huge trade deficit after promising just the opposite. If all of these so-called free and fair trade agreements aren’t bad enough, along comes the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) which includes 12 nations. I won’t list them all but one of them has to be mentioned. It’s Vietnam. You read it right. How in the world can our president and Congress even consider doing business with the bunch of communist thugs? What would we get from Vietnam? They use slave labor like China, and shouldn’t we remember the 58,000 men and women who gave their lives to try to stop these lowlifes. If and when this horrible trade agreement comes up for a vote in the House and Senate, I hope by that time they are swamped by hundreds of thousands of letters telling them to vote “no” on the TPP.

Bud McKelvey, Hermitage, Pa.


Posted by Photoman (anonymous) on December 30, 2013 at 8:46 a.m.

It appears that governments across the globe bemoan the enslavement of people in countries other than their own yet do nothing about them. It looks like the goal of the one world government is to enslave all of mankind to benefit but a few of the elite. As we attempt to "level the playing field" we are allowing the destruction of our own nation. We have, in fact, been sold out by our own government. There are very few patriots in or around D.C.

Posted by redeye1 (anonymous) on December 30, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

Who passed and signed most of these trade agreements . The Demoncrats that's who ! The party that says its for the middle class, they just don't say where those middle-class members reside. Keep voting them and they will keep sending jobs away. After all they feel everyone should be equal , no matter where they live in the world .

Posted by tnmartin (anonymous) on December 31, 2013 at 2:10 p.m.

conveniently overlooked is the huge role that the unions here and elsewhere in the country had in driving these jobs elsewhere. Anyone who has lived in the Valley (remember when it was still called the "Steel Valley"?) with a lick of sense can probably cite numerous examples of sickening waste, corruption, lousy "work" practices, theft, featherbedding, and much else. All of them, ALL of them due to the machinations of the AFL-CIO and in conjunction with the Democrat Party. Congratulations. You succeeded in turning an area into an nationally-recognized economic basket case. I can still recall the radio ads that proclaimed, "Youngstown! A GOOD place to work and live!". Remember them? Most readers here won't, but some of us do. And the unions and the Party combined to wreck all of that. I hope you are proud.
The heck of it is, I agree that NAFTA was an awful thing. I don't like seeing these operations go to Mexico and the like. I've actually been in a few of the operations. I'd rather see them in Struthers and Sharon and Campbell. Impossible as things now stand.