An op-ed in today’s Columbus Dispatch by John Engler, president of the National Association of Manufacturers, “Free-trade pacts are good for Ohio.” Excerpt:
The unrestrained attacks against free trade, specifically the North American Free Trade Agreement, are reaching a deafening pitch as Ohio’s presidential primary draws near.
Drowned out in this contest of populist one-upmanship is the economic truth about trade agreements: They create good jobs, sharpen U.S. competitiveness and keep our economy growing. When politicians demonize trade, they disparage our past progress and poison the public against future agreements that offer even more economic benefits.
It is time to set the record straight on the benefits of NAFTA by looking at the facts and then pressing Congress to pass pending free-trade agreements. These agreements will increase the state’s manufacturing competitiveness around the world and strengthen the security of Ohio’s 308,000 manufacturing jobs that depend on exports.
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