As this book went to press, Congress was hearing testimony concerning NAFTA. If this agreement is signed as it is currently drafted, the next thing you will hear will be a giant sucking sound as the remainder of our manufacturing jobs– what’s left after the two million that went to Asia in the 1980s–get pulled across our southern border. We need jobs here, and we must manufacture here if we wish to remain a superpower. We must stop shipping manufacturing jobs overseas and once again make the words “Made in the USA” the world’s standard of excellence. We can do it. The question is–will we? It’s up to us, the owners of this country–THE PEOPLE.
NAFTA and GATT have about as much to do with free trade as the Patriot Act has to do with liberty.
Michael Badnarik, Libertarian Presidential candidate
You may be sure that in this “new international system,” the American citizen will count for precious little.
Pat Buchanan, 1993
Workers and their families may starve to death in the New World Order of economic rationality, but diamond necklaces are cheaper in elegant New York shops, thanks to the miracle of the market.
If CEOs insist that middle class Americans compete with cheap foreign labor, why not outsource the jobs of CEOs? If business is all about cost, they should be the first to volunteer.
Lou Dobbs, CNN financial correspondent and author of Exporting America (September 2004)
Technology, outsourcing, a growing temp staffing industry, productivity efficiencies, have all replaced the middle class.