Updates

06/28/11
Geoffrey James, CBS Business Network The business case for outsourcing abroad is simple: a lower cost of goods allows your company make higher profit margins while remaining competitive against other firms. It can also reduce taxes and help you position your firm to expand sales inside the countries where you’re deployed.
06/28/11
Thomas Gibson, The News Journal Since the United States entered into the North American Free Trade Agreement and the World Trade Organization in the 1990s, more than 42,000 factories have been closed.
06/28/11
Jenni Vincent, The Journal MARTINSBURG - United Auto Workers representatives Jim Rogers and Kevin Collinson joined several other local business representatives at the United States District Court Monday morning, watching via satellite as U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller brought a Senate Commerce Committee hearing - complete with witnesses - to Charleston.
06/28/11
Sen. Fritz Hollings, Huffington Post Globalization is nothing more than a trade war with production looking for a country cheaper to produce. Our principal competitor, China, subsidizes its production, controls its market, requires foreign investment to surrender technology, and uses every trick in the book. It takes an industrial policy to compete in globalization. Talking of free trade is ridiculous. We have an industrial policy in our trade laws but don't enforce them. We wouldn't be begging Russia for helicopters for Afghanistan if we enforced the War Production Act of 1950 like Jack Kennedy did in 1961. Imposing an import surcharge like Richard Nixon imposed in 1971, when our trade deficit was a miniscule of our trade deficit today, would immediately create jobs and growth. Ronald Reagan obtained restraint agreements on steel, motor vehicles, computers, and machine tools, and imposed a 45% tariff on motorcycle imports to save Harley-Davidson. Enforcing our trade laws would create millions of jobs. The press never mentions this.
06/28/11
John Schneider, Lansing State Journal GRAND LEDGE - Yes, we all accept the reality of a global economy, in which everything comes from everywhere. But some of it seems to defy common sense.
06/28/11
Curtis W. Ellis and Marilynn Momber, Northern Express Pending free trade agreements with Korea, Colombia and Panama are bad for Michigan farmers and must be rejected if we are to preserve our way of life.
06/27/11
David Barboza, The New York Times SHANGHAI — Talk about outsourcing. At a sprawling manufacturing complex here, hundreds of Chinese laborers are now completing work on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.
06/27/11
Gary Korn, La Crosse Tribune In Colombia last year, 51 trade union leaders, organizers and activists were murdered for their pro-worker activity. That’s more than all the rest of the world combined.
06/27/11
Bill Fletcher Jr, Pittsburgh Courier (NNPA)—The Obama administration has been pushing major free trade agreements, including one with Korea and Colombia. Yet, for all of the discussion in the media, it is not always clear what a free trade agreement actually is and what it means for us.
06/27/11
William Aviles, Kearney Hub On Wednesday, Rep. Adrian Smith will conduct a town hall meeting at the Heartland Events Center in Grand Island. The event from 1-4:30 p.m. is to focus on international trade where Smith will undoubtedly re-state his demand that the United States ratify its free trade agreement with Colombia.

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