Comment by Jim Campbell
January 17th, 2020
Trump haters are an odd lot.
They continue to show their socialist colors.
It’s time to get rid of the bad actors at the ballot box, if that is possible.
Perhaps it time for them to leave the country if they don’t like it living in the United States of America.
Please leave your passport number in the comment section and we will make sure it’s canceled.
The Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly passed President Donald Trump’s signature trade deal with Mexico and Canada, helping him fulfill a 2016 campaign promise in a rare bipartisan vote.
The deal is seen as a win for labor unions across the country.
“The biggest improvement between this deal and others is that this truly sets forward fair labor standards and enforcement standards,” Monterey Bay Central Labor Council executive director Cesar Lara said.
The new agreement will replace the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement, known as NAFTA, which tore down most trade barriers and triggered a surge in trade.
But Trump and other critics blamed that pact for encouraging U.S. companies to move their manufacturing plants south of the border to take advantage of low-wage Mexican laborers.
“We’ve lost thousands of jobs,” Lara said.
“We have a report from the NAFTA deal: 184 thousand jobs have been lost in the United States because of bad trade deals.”
Lara said the new deal does more to look after the American worker. But he also said the deal is far from perfect.
“There are still concerns around the environment, and around outsourcing that still need to be addressed,” Lara said. “Not one trade deal is the magic bullet.”
U.S. farm organizations also welcomed the Senate’s passage of USMCA.
Monterey County Farm Bureau executive director Norm Groot called it a win, “not just for Agriculture, but for America in general as we trade with our partners.”
Groot says the deal eases previous restrictions for Monterey County’s largest (Canada) and 3rd largest (Mexico) agriculture export markets.
He said it will streamline paperwork to make trade easier and update technological provisions that were not included in NAFTA.
“A lot of it pertains to technology and the protection for a lot of the technology and the patents that go along with that,” Groot said of the previous inefficiencies of NAFTA that USMCA addresses.
“It takes a lot of the new technology that we have and protects it so that we can share and trade our products on an even,level playing field.”
Mexico has already approved the agreement.
Canada is expected to do so in coming months.