Once again the propaganda machine is in high gear. Of course exports are good for jobs and the economy, dah! The issue is the NET trade in goods....NET! The trade agreements we negotiate don't keep imports from being dumped in our markets which overwhelms the positive benefits of exports. The proof of this lies, in of all things, the facts! WOW--How about them apples--I mean facts!!! We have an accumulated trade deficit in goods of over $10 Trillion over the last 20 years; and a total accumulated trade deficit in goods and services of over $8.8 Trillion! Along with this we have allowed our Manufacturing sector to be undermined as it has gone from over 20% of GDP to 11%. Not only do we have this huge negative trade deficit accumulating more everyday, but we have a net loss in jobs in the MILLIONS!!!
We also fail miserably at preventing non tariff trade barriers from overwhelming the, just negotiated, reduction in tariffs and thus keeping many of our exports from being cost competitive, AGAIN! This happens virtually with every trade agreement we have made. Or, we just plain don't negotiate out the non-tariff trade barriers already in place.
What is a must, is a focus that brings us "BALANCED TRADE" not one way trade. Net job creation, not destruction, net increase in GDP-not a huge NET negative. To focus on just one side of the trade equation is not only completely innacurate and deliberately misleading but borderline jury-rigging at the expense of the future economic health of our Country and future generations. But this is just what the special interests are doing.
Once again calling it like it really is, not the way they want it said.