Nafta Pros and Cons

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Joshua Ondo
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NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement. It spans all of Mexico, the United States, and Canada. It links over 440 million people and produces hundreds of billions of dollars in trade ever year. Yet, one must ask, is it a good idea or a bad idea for the United States and its friends to the north and south? Critics of NAFTA have often looked to Mexico and the US for answers. Critics claim that NAFTA has caused a “net 879,000 total job loss in the US”. (Amadeo) The reasons that this job loss is so high is because companies move to Mexico for it’s cheaper labor and a population willing to work for much less than those living in the United States. This lead to manufacturing firms in the United States to lower wages in order to compete with their fellow companies that had gone south of the border. Critics also believe that NAFTA has lead to “a decline in labor protection and degradation of the environment in Mexico” (Amadeo) This is mainly do to the fact that Mexico’s Government is not quite as into the green movement as is the states and it’s officials are often corrupt and easily bought into allowing environment slip ups or worker’s right laws and regulations to be over looked. This lead to one big problem for the US and Mexico. Many of Mexico’s famers were put out of business due to the US subsidizing farm products. In the most recent presidential election there was a lot of debate over the future of NAFTA and what it meant to the American people. Then senator Clinton said that she “wants to halt all new trade agreements and strictly enforce existing agreements, including all regional trade agreements.”(Amadeo) Yet, senator now President, Obama “blames "politicians in Washington" for signing trade agreements that he says are bad for the economy because they provide perks for businesses but don't protect workers.”(Amadeo) However, there are also those that are in favor of NAFTA. Those in favor...
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