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Robert B. Reich
How trade deals boost the rich and bust the rest
How trade deals boost the rich and bust the rest

Suppose that by enacting a particular law we'd increase the U.S. gross domestic product. But almost all of that growth would go to the richest 1 percent.  The rest of us could buy some products cheaper than before. But those gains would be offset by losses of jobs and wages. This is pretty much what "free trade" has brought us over the last two decades. I used to believe in trade agreements. That was before the wages of most Americans stagnated and a relative few at the top captured just about all the economic gains. Recent trade agreements have been wins for big corporations and Wall Street, along with their executives and major shareholders. They get better...

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