Hillary Clinton's convenient turnabout on NAFTA and free trade
Friday, March 07, 2008
Cleveland Plain Dealer Letters Editorial Page
Voters are shopping their jobs away at places like Wal-Mart and now are vot ing their jobs away by supporting Hillary Clinton. Here is the real timeline behind free trade:
1956 - U.S. government starts moving factories outside the United States.
1970 - 120 factories moved from the United States to Mexico.
1980 - 400 maquiladora factories in Mexico.
1980s - While Hillary Clinton was on the Board of Directors of Wal-Mart, about 1,000 U.S. factories were moved to Mexico.
1992 - 2,000 maquiladora factories in Mexico.
1994 - NAFTA is passed by a Democrat-controlled Congress and signed by Democratic President Bill Clinton; number of factories moved to Mexico doubles to more than 4,000; reports tell of "dirty manufacturing" in Mexico causing health problems and birth defects.
1995 - President Clinton rushes $20 billion to save the Mexican economy. Then he uses other means to rush even more money to Mexico. ( President asked Congress for $40 billion but they gave him just $20 billion instead- he said he would use other means to get the extra money to bail out the Mexican peso )
1996 - Hillary says NAFTA is good for everyone.
2000 - Hillary, at an economic forum in Switzerland, praises business efforts in supporting NAFTA.
None of the above stopped the flood of Mexican workers to the United States seeking economic survival.
Now, after all of that, Hillary says free trade has to be tweaked at bit.
Cleveland Plain Dealer
March 7, 2008
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