From the June 2002 Idaho Observer:

Is This Our Children's Future?

Is This Our Children's Future?

NAFTA and GATT are a disaster!

After 85 years, the Life Savers plant is closing and moving to Canada for cheap labor.

The Brach's candy plants are closing and moving to Argentina for cheap labor.

Tens of thousands of Americans are thrown out of well-paying jobs.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 1973, more than 2.4 million textile and apparel workers were employed in the U.S. In 1996, 1.5 million were employed (a 39% loss). The entire manufacturing sector only experienced an 8% drop. In 1995, for the first time, the majority of apparel purchased in the U.S. was imported. In 1995, the U.S. imported $48 billion in textiles and apparel -- the most from China ($7 billion). In the same year, we exported $13 billion in textiles and apparel worldwide. China was not among the top ten purchasers.

There is nothing free about free trade. NAFTA has been one of the most expensive and destructive experiments in history. Fair trade benefits America's workers and those of our valued trading partners.

Agriculture, industry and manufacturing made America great

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