If NAFTA is a disaster, what’s the alternative? If trade is bad, then we should not allow trade. I for one am sick about all those Canadians who have jobs. I propose that we close our borders, and stop all trade with Canada immediately.
Is the anti-NAFTA position: trade is bad, so the less trade the better? That would mean that the best level of trade was zero. Or is there some medium amount of trade that is better than the current level and also better than no trade? If that is true, what is the optimum level of trade, and how can we discover that level? Is it fixed? Does it vary? How much is too much?
My position: trade is good, so the more trade we have the better. It does not matter where a product is made. An American does not have a god-given right to a job if someone else does it cheaper and more efficiently. Protectionism has been shown over and over to be a disaster. Every nation benefits from trade.
Suppose that NAFTA means lots of jobs in Mexico. Is that a bad thing? Why is it better for an american to have a job than a mexican? Anyway, unemployment in the US is at the lowest it’s been in years. And if the argument is that Mexico is corrupt and has lax environmental laws, well the best way to improve that is through economic development in Mexico, which means, yes, jobs.
And I never hear about people complaining about Canadians taking their jobs. Are you opposed to free trade in general or just free trade with Mexico? Has the free trade zone of the European Union been good for Europe or bad for Europe? And if free trade benefits the rest of the world, how can America benefit by shutting our borders?