Sanders Spotlights Clinton’s Record on Bad Trade Deals

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders stressed his “profound and important differences” with Hillary Clinton on disastrous trade deals as he kicked off a four-state, six-city campaign swing on Monday.

Sanders said manufacturing declined and jobs disappeared across the Midwest due to trade pacts she favored and he fought.

Sanders led opposition to the North American Free Trade Agreement, normalized trade with China and other agreements that Clinton favored. Since 2001, the United States lost almost 60,000 factories and millions of decent-paying jobs.

“I proudly stood with the workers. Secretary Clinton stood with the big-money interests,” Sanders told supporters in this Mahoning River Valley city where steel mills once were the backbone of a strong middle-class economy.

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Sanders’ day began in Columbus, Ohio. After the stop in Youngstown, he headed to Akron, Ohio, best known for its tire industry. Later on Monday, Sanders scheduled stops in Charlotte, North Carolina, once home to a vibrant textile industry. The packed schedule also included an afternoon stop in St. Charles, Missouri. He was to cap the long day with a late-night rally in Chicago, once a steel and manufacturing hub.

Ohio has lost more than 300,000 manufacturing jobs – nearly one-third of the factory jobs in the state – since NAFTA passed over Sanders’ opposition but with Clinton’s outspoken support. Normalized trade with China cost Ohio more than 106,000 jobs.

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North Carolina has lost more than 361,000 manufacturing jobs – nearly half of its manufacturing jobs – since NAFTA and permanent normal trade relations with China took effect.

In Illinois, NAFTA has been blamed for the loss of 35,000 jobs. Permanent normal trade relations with China, also supported by Clinton, led to the loss of 132,000 jobs in the state.

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Missouri has lost over 105,000 manufacturing jobs – over 29 percent of factory jobs – since NAFTA. Normalized trade with China caused the loss of more than 44,000 jobs in Missouri.

Sanders also has been a long-time and consistent foe of a proposed new Pacific Rim trade deal which would be the largest such pact ever. When Clinton was secretary of state she heaped praise on the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership. She called it the “gold standard.” Under pressure from unions which uniformly oppose the deal, Clinton has backpedaled and has called for vague revisions in the deal.

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One thought on “Sanders Spotlights Clinton’s Record on Bad Trade Deals

  • March 16, 2016 at 3:02 am
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    Senator Sander’s speech in Phoenix this past evening is so “American” in its honesty and in the common values it highlights for those who care to listen that the establishment political orthodoxy is made to clearly appear vulgar and foreign to the civic sensibilities of the USA citizen, if not to the entire World political body. What seems also clear is that the economic psyche of the country goes back to the Civil War, and before, when the industrial revolution had matured to indicate new gross possibilities for the rich and well-heeled Yankee Industrialists who wanted more, more, more for what would become the robber baron economy of the North. These mighty financial interests wanted the South’s cotton for their factories and imposed strict tariffs to discourage export of that raw material to the textile mills of England. Once the greed and power of those industrialists pushed the agrarian economy of the South off its tracks by invading “Dixie,” they used the might of the Federal Government’s military to conquer the native American societies to the West. Once the great cities of the East became swollen by immigrants who were invited to work in the expanded industries of the North, the corporate boards of the industrialists with their political stooges beat down the Whites and Blacks of West Virginia and Kentucky to make them slaves to the coal mines from which cheap energy resources fueled the dirty economy of the North…and the game has gone on and on and one, without end, to the present day: to the point that the Middle Class has had to sell its soul to the Company Store. China and India and the rest of the World have had to fall in line with the political and economic power wrought by this gross system, a system that is now engaged in global battle to defend the gross practices that arose before the Civil War. Americans! Wake up and listen to the Senator from Vermont. He is sensible and he is correct in his assessment of a rigged economy that demands more, more, more, faster, faster, faster, destroy, destroy, destroy. No wonder Donald Trump has been able to conquer the GOP: he capitalizes on the fear and insecurities that the American Economic Model and its Orthodoxy has wrought upon the World. We need a new economic model based, not on more, but one that is grounded in a better life for the workere: a new system modeled on a quality life and well-being for the natural world and humanity, and not on the greedy model that has driven our nation into the same destructive ditch that killed a million American citizens during the Civil War and enslaved Blacks and Whites to work for the machine that goes on destroying nature and the consciousness of the American soul. Wake up, for God’s sake, and join Senator Sander’s political revolution to make the economy work for everyone.

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