— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 23, 2016
What we have now is free trade what we need is FAIR TRADE. Main Street is losing big time thanks to the trade deficit and unfair trade agreements. Establishment politicians on both sides of the aisle have put their campaign contributors ahead of the country and our people.
Mr. Trump is well aware that unfair free trade is ruining our country. He is not only against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), but has said he would rip up all the other trade agreements. In short he wants Americans to get a fair deal with fair trade. Trump’s got it right on trade.
Politico had the greatest line “Democrats always hate on free trade—before they enact it.” For those in doubt Hillary’s Free Trade Fake Out is a must read.
Hillary Clinton is hoping people have forgotten that Bill Clinton offered to support Republicans up for re-election if they voted for NAFTA. Bill Clinton contrary to what a lot of democrats are led to believe lobbied hard to push NAFTA through. As more and more American’s have lost their decent paying jobs due to UNFAIR FREE TRADE Agreements this is going to be a Yuge issue.
Huffington Post has an article that says Hillary needs to toughen up on trade to beat Donald Trump. I’m betting that a lot of Democrats will see through the Clinton’s this time. I believe that’s why so many are switching to Trump. Here are the highlights from Huffington Post;
“Trade and jobs are at the center of Trump’s appeal. He rightly says China is killing us on trade and taking jobs, and people listen
Well-To-Do Donor Class Likes Trade As It Is
America’s well-to-do elites think everything is going fine. Their stock portfolios are way up, so they’re feeling good. They’re writing op-eds about how well things are going and how our corporate paradigm is doing so well for us and the world. The elite “donor class” is giving huge sums to “continuity” politicians. This is elites talking to other elites and not at all hearing what is going on in the country.
Donald Trump is not dependent on this donor class and he is saying that things are not fine, that wages are not going up, that jobs are hard to find, that trade is killing us. So people for whom things are not going fine, for whom jobs are hard to find, for whom wages are not going up and who trade is killing are listening. And that is most people in the U.S.
A Must-Read On Trump And Trade
There is a must-read on Trump and trade at Bloomberg: Trump Wave Builds in a Steel Town Forsaken by the World Economy
Just go read it…
Clinton Not Tough On Trade
Hillary Clinton is not seen as someone who will fight against our country’s corporate-driven trade policies. In the most recent New York primary exit polls, for example, voters who self-describe as pro-trade voted for Clinton over Sanders 61 percent to 39 percent. In Michigan voters who feel trade takes away jobs voted for Sanders 56 percent to 41 percent.
Clinton has been hedging. For example, on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) she said, just before the first Democratic primary debate, “based on what I know so far, I can’t support this agreement.” But she also said, “I still believe in the goal of a strong and fair trade agreement in the Pacific as part of a broader strategy both at home and abroad, just as I did when I was secretary of state.”
Clinton has said she will not lobby her supporters to vote against TPP and other such corporate-dominated agreements. She has not said that TPP and other corporate-dominated trade supporters won’t be invited into her administration. She certainly will not demand that Obama withdraw TPP from consideration by Congress.
The result? Clinton has a credibility problem on trade. Almost no one believes her.
“Pro-trade” voters vote for her. “Pro-trade” donors continue to give the max to her campaign. In fact, this hedging has left the donor and corporate class believing she is on their side, that she supports the “free trade” agenda that has killed off so many jobs, factories, entire industries, entire regions and left us with enormous, humongous trade deficits year after year after year – while making a very few at the top wealthy beyond belief.
Clinton is hedging, leaving herself room to appeal to the donor and corporate class. But if Clinton “moves to the center” on trade after the convention, as business and donor community believes she will, she risks losing those voters who feel that these trade agreements have ruined their lives, their towns, their regions and their country.