When free trade proponents sold the American people on the idea of the North American Free Trade Agreement, they promised that it would be a boon economically.
Evidence, however, suggests that it has been anything but.
Since its implementation, Americans have dealt with stagnating wages, outsourced jobs, increased illegal immigration, an influx of contaminated products and rapid environmental degradation. By 2008, NAFTA had cost America nearly three million well-paying manufacturing jobs, 3,000 family farms, countless businesses - and with them tax revenues - and billions of dollars through trade deficits.
The bottom line is that NAFTA was a bad deal for America and a bad deal for our state. It should be renegotiated as President Barack Obama vowed to do during the campaign.
— Chris E. Nelson, Naperville
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