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Wed Dec 26, 2012, 09:23 AM

The Big Dog's Big Lie [View all]

It was Bill Clinton that pushed through the NAFTA and GATT trade treaties that started the hemorrhaging of jobs from this country. Let's be honest with ourselves. It was Bill Clinton that said these trade treaties would be good for the working people of this country. Union leaders did not support his claim, although they were timid in opposing their passage.

Since NAFTA, we have seen the manufacturing base in this country shrivel up and wages sink to record lows with unemployment at levels unseen in a very long time. We no longer have enough jobs for our people.

Yes, we had record unemployment and a booming economy under Clinton, but much of it was the timing of history and a technological revolution with a computer in every garage. It sparked the economy for a while. Until Apple and other big tech firms decided to move those jobs overseas, mostly because of lower wages and higher profits. We are now paying the price for those decisions made in the 1990's.

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