by Mish

34 Statements – Who Made Them?

  1. I do not believe in unfettered free trade. I believe in fair trade which works for the middle class and working families.
  2. I will take on corporations that take their jobs to China.
  3. I think NAFTA has been a disaster.
  4. Instead of passing such trade deals again and again, we must develop trade policies which demand that American corporations create jobs here, and not abroad.
  5. TPP is a death blow for American manufacturing.
  6. I’m for free and fair trade.
  7. We need to bring manufacturing jobs back home where they belong.
  8. Globalization has torn down the barriers that have formerly separated the national from the international markets.
  9. The top priority of any trade deal should be to help American workers.
  10. I heard it about NAFTA. I heard it about CAFTA. I heard it about permanent normal trade relations with China. Here is the fact. Since 2001, we have lost almost 60,000 factories and millions of good-paying jobs.
  11. Maybe we should have a trade policy which represents the working families of this country, that rebuilds our manufacturing base, not than just representing the CEOs of large multinational corporations.
  12. We must end our disastrous trade policies (NAFTA, CAFTA, PNTR with China, etc.) which enable corporate America to shut down plants in this country and move to China and other low-wage countries.
  13. This wave of globalization has wiped out our middle class.
  14. NAFTA was the worst trade deal in history, and China’s entrance into the World Trade Organization has enabled the greatest jobs theft in history.
  15. I think corporate America has to start investing in this country and create decent paying jobs here.
  16. It is a lot cheaper for the American companies to set up plants in China, hire Chinese workers at 50 cents an hour, 75 cents an hour, whatever it is, and have them build the product for the Chinese markets than it is to pay American workers $15 an hour, $20 an hour, provide health insurance, deal with the union, deal with the environment.
  17. Connect the dots. Our current trade deficit is causing the loss of over 2 million jobs. Over the last 20 years, while the US has run up over a trillion dollars in trade deficits, millions of American workers have been thrown into the streets.
  18. The function of trade agreements like NAFTA is to make it easier for American companies to move abroad, and to force our workers to compete against desperate people in the Third World.
  19. Our current record-breaking merchandise trade deficit of $112 billion is costing us over 2 million decent paying jobs. NAFTA, GATT, and Most Favored Nation status with China must be repealed, and a new trade policy developed.
  20. The word has to get out to corporate America, they are going to have to start reinvesting in the United States of America. They are going to have to start building the products and the goods the American people need rather than run all over in search of cheap labor.
  21. The TPP is horrible deal. It is a deal that is going to lead to nothing but trouble.
  22. I am all for free trade, but it’s got to be fair. When Ford moves their massive plants to Mexico, we get nothing. I want them to stay in Michigan.
  23. The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems.
    Globalization has made the financial elite who donate to politicians very wealthy. But it has left millions of our workers with nothing but poverty and heartache.
  24. When subsidized foreign steel is dumped into our markets, threatening our factories, the politicians do nothing.
  25. Skilled craftsmen and tradespeople and factory workers have seen the jobs they loved shipped thousands of miles away.
  26. The current global trading system is distorted not only by barriers to entry in developing and emerging economies, but by the power of special interests in developed countries.
  27. We should focus on ending currency manipulation, environmental destruction and miserable working conditions in China.
  28. We’re going to stop giving penny of your money to anybody who ships a job out to another country. We’re going to begin to get the tax code to reflect what the needs of middle class families are so we can rebuild a strong & prosperous middle class.
  29. Trade needs to become a win-win. People ask me, am I a free trader or a fair trader? I want to be a smart, pro-American trader. And that means we look for ways to maximize the impact of what we’re trying to export and quit being taken advantage of by other countries.
  30. I believe in smart trade. Pro-American trade. Trade that has labor and environmental standards, that’s not a race to the bottom but tries to lift up not only American workers but also workers around the world.
  31. It’s important that we have an idea of how to maximize the benefits from the global economy while minimizing the impact on American workers. That includes things like real trade adjustment assistance and other support.
  32. It’s important that we enforce the agreements we have. That’s why I’ve called for a trade prosecutor, to make sure that we do enforce them.
  33. What we have learned is that we have to drive a tougher bargain.
  34. Hillary Clinton Voted for virtually every trade agreement that has cost the workers of this country millions of jobs.

Sources

Answers

  • Sanders: 1, 2, 4, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
  • Trump: 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 18, 13, 14, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25
  • Clinton: 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33
  • Sanders and Trump: 34 (Sanders first, Trump quoted Sanders)

Flip a coin. As a firm believer in free trade, they are all totally hopeless.

Mike “Mish” Shedlock

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