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HUNTER: Stop exporting American jobs
Free trade isn’t the path to economic growth
There’s also the cross-border trucking program authorized under the North American Free Trade Agreement, now in its final planning stage. Soon Mexican trucks will have unrestricted access to U.S. roadways, hauling cargo beyond commercial border zones - once a job for U.S. truckers. Not only will the program result in more lost jobs to Mexico, it’s another mark on an already long list of security challenges for law enforcement.
Each of these examples illustrates the simple fact that American jobs, in addition to our economic and national security, are needlessly put at risk by our nation’s trade practices and obvious penchant for outsourcing. Especially during one of the toughest economic times for many families, the idea that jobs are still being shipped overseas when factories and plants all across the country are closing their doors is both illogical and offensive. Worse, it continues undercutting any chance at sustainable recovery in the near future.
To be fair, corporations aren’t necessarily at fault. The incentives they’re offered overseas are often too good to pass up, particularly when it comes to their bottom line. So the solution starts with making trade agreements fair for U.S. manufacturers. Free trade has never been fair trade, and a leveling of the playing field is long overdue, which starts with reforms to the tax code, protection against currency manipulation and other incentives to promote domestic manufacturing.
Turning back the dial on the onslaught of jobs going to other countries is a prudent and necessary step toward putting people back to work. It’s time that we put American workers first again - and keeping jobs here instead of sending them away is the way to make it happen.
Rep. Duncan Hunter, California Republican, is a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the first Marine combat veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars elected to Congress.
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