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Letter: It’s that same old ‘sucking sound’ again

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

In this day and age of stagnant incomes and declining job opportunities, one might have noticed how America has become embroiled in various trade agreements, the latest being the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, and its Atlantic counterpart, the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

One might also recall the history of such free enterprise treaties of the past with similar acronyms such as GATT, WTO, NAFTA, FTAA and SPP. One might have also noticed that since ratification of these trade treaties, American jobs have been disappearing and heading overseas.

Those of us old enough to recall the candidacy of Ross Perot for president can still reflect on his prescient warning involving one such free enterprise proposal, the North American Free Trade Agreement or NAFTA. Mr. Perot described it as producing “a giant sucking sound on our southern border of American jobs heading south.” It now appears that Mr. Perot was precisely on poin...

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