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North American Free Trade Agreement

Asian trade deal will cost American jobs

Asian trade deal will cost American jobs

America needs a strong manufacturing sector that creates new businesses, jobs and opportunities for all in order to sustain robust economic growth ("Senate vote moves Obama's trade agenda to brink of enactment," June 24). Manufacturing is responsible for 70 percent of U.S. research and development, and often spins off entire new industries. But since 2000, American manufacturing has lost thousands of factories and 5 million jobs. The top reason: poorly conceived "free trade" agreements that Washington has pushed, including NAFTA and CAFTA and the acceptance of Korea and China into the World Trade Organization. Given the record of job outsourcing and factory...