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Emile Pope

Will people forget that he’s a crook?

Keith Gray

They've already forgotten Hillary is.

Dan Freeman

Still not indicted.

Carlos Ponce

Patience, Dan, patience.

Gary Miller

People are more likely to remember YOU were wrong about him.

Carlos Ponce

Emile has forgotten that the US Senate ruled him NOT GUILTY on the two charges against him. The crooks are still in charge of the US House.

Gary Miller

Carlos> Emile hasn't forgot. He just hopes we will forget. Sorry Emile we will remember in November.

Gary Miller

The editor got carried away with the heading on this. The US economy is already doing great. The advantages of free and FAIR trade of USMCA will help keep it going great. More sales for producers, lower prices for consumers, more jobs to make it or buy it.

Gary Miller

USMCA will take time to show it's full effect. More profits for exporters and lower prices for consumers of imports will help the economies of all three countries. The trade deal with China Trump is working on will help exporters and consumers of both China and the US. Another win-win. A president that understands the importance of free and fair trade instead of just taxing and spending is good for us and them.

Bailey Jones

I doubt that the updates to NAFTA included in the USMCA warrant the Trumpism from "worst trade deal ever" to "a terrific trade deal", but it seems like a reasonable modernizing of NAFTA. I appreciate the strengthening of labor unions in Mexico and the requirement for a $16 minimum wage, the expansion of the duty free levels with Canada, additional access to Canadian dairy, and the requirement for more "in zone" auto manufacturing.

Ted Gillis

Whoever Donald Trump had working on this deal needs to be commended, however I doubt it was Donald Trump himself. History will remember Donald Trump for a lot of things, but being a uniter of people will not be one of them.

Carlos Ponce

President Trump proposed changing NAFTA in the 2016 campaign. After elected, Trump appointed Robert Lighthizer as the United States Trade Representative to negotiate USMCA.

Gary Miller

Ted> Trump's main feature is dividing people into opposing factions. His peace and prosperity faction is growing much faster than the Progressive Tax and poverty faction. Yes He divides and the divisions are good.

David Hardee

A little history - presidential election - 1992 - incumbent Bush vs Clinton and Perot. Perot too 18.9% of the popular vote causing Clinton's win with 43% to Bush's 37%.

Most prophetic quote was Perot's " We have got to stop sending jobs overseas. It's pretty simple: If you're paying $12, $13, $14 an hour for factory workers and you can move your factory South of the border, pay a dollar an hour for labor, ... have no health care—that's the most expensive single element in making a car— have no environmental controls, no pollution controls and no retirement, and you don't care about anything but making money, there will be a giant sucking sound going south.

... when [Mexico's] jobs come up from a dollar an hour to six dollars an hour, and ours go down to six dollars an hour, and then it's leveled again. But in the meantime, you've wrecked the country with these kinds of deals.[1]"

History proved Perot right.

Emile Pope

When the government makes it profitable, the republican government, to ship jobs overseas then they have no right complaining about it being done. Republicans have always been pro-business anti-labor and their trickle down economics theory has never been successful. And it never will be...

Carlos Ponce

Hence trade agreements like USMCA to 'even the field". NAFTA was negotiated during the GW Bush administration but met with opposition since if favored Canada and Mexico making it advantageous for companies to move operations to those countries. NAFTA was ratified in 1993 with a Democrat majority House and Senate and President Bill Clinton. USMCA made it lucrative for those companies to return or stay in the USA. Emile's post sounds like the "America First" campaign proposed by President Donald Trump.

David Hardee

Your, Correct! - NAFTA was bipartisan with Clinton non-veto. Perot was correct and Trump is fixing that situation which harmed the country (mostly the middle class). Can you give Trump a thumbs-up for this achievement?

David Hardee

Emile -Your, Correct! - NAFTA was bipartisan with Clinton non-veto. Perot was correct and Trump is fixing that situation which harmed the country (mostly the middle class). Can you give Trump a thumbs-up for this achievement?

Gary Miller

David> One of the factors making the difference between high cost American labor and cheap forign labor is Unions. Non union labor is cheaper than union labor even if the hourly pay rate is the same. Union rules are designed to make union labor cost more.

Miceal O'Laochdha

So right Gary. If only we could erase all the changes made to American labor conditions caused by collective bargaining, we could return the average American working man and his family back to the excellent standards enjoyed by the happy "middle class" of Berserkistan and Elbonia.

Ted Gillis

What is your point Gary?

We already gave Trump a thumbs up for this new trade deal, however you feel compelled to take stab at unions. Of course union rules makes labor costs higher. That’s the whole point of being in a union, so that you can negotiate a living wage. You fail to note that union employees are better trained, higher skilled and more productive than non union employees. Most companies prefer that.

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