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Tue Apr 5, 2016, 10:40 AM

Failed Trade Policies

We’ve Had Enough With Failed Trade Policies
04/01/2016 09:06 pm ET | Updated 3 days ago
Mark Ruffalo ~ Oscar-nominated actor, climate change activist

Many pundits were caught off-guard by the transpartisan fury over America’s trade policy rocking the presidential primary season. But it’s no surprise to me. I grew up in a working class family in Kenosha, Wisconsin. So I know why Americans have had enough of shiny promises, job-killing trade deals, and Wall Street bailouts that propel ordinary people into an economic nose dive.

Hard working Americans of all political stripes recognize when the rules have been rigged against them, because they live day-to-day with the results. No doubt revolutionary change is an appealing alternative.

Since the North American Free Trade (NAFTA) and World Trade Organization agreements in the mid-1990s, America has lost more than five million manufacturing jobs net. Millions of service sector jobs also have been offshored.

During the NAFTA era, my home state lost 68,000 manufacturing jobs — one out of seven in the state. Just one example: After Chrysler received billions in a 2009 bailout, it shut its Kenosha Engine facility, cut the last 800 jobs and moved operations to Mexico ...

More here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-ruffalo/weve-had-enough-with-failed-trade-policies_b_9596984.html



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