Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Candidate Review - Fair Trade - Mike Gravel

Well Mike Gravel is also not a fan of Free Trade - and, like Kucinich, calls for an end to NAFTA. His issues page simply refers to NAFTA under the illegal immigration section (which he describes as being caused by NAFTA). However, he has a PDF that goes into more detail.
Any discussion of immigration must include NAFTA and the concept of “free trade.” The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has been a disaster for the working class of both the U.S. and Mexico and a boon to the international corporate interests. A study by the Economic Policy Institute found that over 1 million U.S. jobs were lost as a result of NAFTA, a third of them manufacturing jobs. In Mexico, 1.3 million farm workers lost their jobs in the same period. This has led to a wave of immigrants looking for work in the U.S. Reforming unfair trade policies spawned by measures like NAFTA will stimulate job growth on both sides of the border.
I'm not sure what to make of this; does he intend to fix NAFTA? End it? Or does he simply want to go on record as understanding that NAFTA is bad?

The latter, I guess.

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