This is what results when the discussion put forward by supporters only focus on the benefits of exporting and not: 1- what the partners to these agreements do to undermine our exports after agreements are signed and 2- what they do to undermine our domestic based manufacturing by extreme mercantilist trading practices, predatory pricing, and nonexistent enforcement and follow up by us.
The last American administration and Congress to get it right on trade was that of President Reagan/ Tip O'Neil, and their actions/policies of the mid 80's. Reagan was quite clear on this! He was for free trade BUT only if it dud not result in undermining Americans businesses at home and American workers. Republicans need to really study the true Reagan legacy on trade not what has been distorted to extremes by special interest groups. Please, as a Reagan Republican, I challenge you to go back to "Rules based and Enforced" Free Trade for the future of our Country, and the World.
President Reagan gave a speech that established the principle of “free and fair trade with free and fair traders.” More specifically, he established the 3 R’s: Rules, Reciprocity and Results.
“Rules” mean that the trade must be rules based and every nation should follow them. “Reciprocity” meant that there will be a reciprocal reduction in tariffs, quotas and other barriers rather than one-sized reduction. “Results,” the point forgotten most, meant that America must gain a net benefit from trade arrangements rather than being taken advantage of.