ABC News’ “This Week” featured a pundit panel discussion this morning on the President’s jobs forum and his upcoming speech on the economy. Notable passage from Richard N. Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations.
HAASS: But there’s also an area where working Americans — in some cases, represented by organized labor — are not on the side of working Americans, because what’s missing from this entire jobs debate is trade. The single biggest engine of American job creation is trade policy, is export promotion, and where are we? We don’t have a positive trade policy. This is the best way to have non-inflationary stimulus that doesn’t break the budget, it doesn’t cost us a dollar. Let’s start negotiating in earnest a global free trade agreement…
Or at least by enacting the pending U.S. free trade ageements with Colombia, Panama and Korea.
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