I can't remember being more incensed after reading an article then I was after reading Fareed Zakaria's column, "Democrats demonstrate two weaknesses" (March 4, Page B-7), in which he pillories Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for wanting to renegotiate trade agreements.
Zakaria writes, "There are no serious economists or experts who believe that low wages in Mexico or China or India is the fundamental reason that American factories close down." He should tell that to the former workers at the Hershey plant who saw their jobs outsourced because of the low wages and lack of environmental standards available in Mexico.
Zakaria quotes a New Delhi television station as saying that hearing the Democrats talk about trade "is enough to send jitters down the spine of most in India." I say that we should be more concerned about the shiver that is sent down the spine of the American workers who have just learned that their good-paying jobs are being shipped overseas.
Free trade is not fair trade, and I look forward to electing a president who will negotiate trade deals that will benefit American workers, not hurt them.
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