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Free trade causes job loss

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 28, 2015 at 3:51 PM

This letter is in concern of the Reflector editorial on taking business to Mexico. We must remember that putting enough of our people out of work will make less people able to buy the cheaper Wal-Mart products.

In taking these businesses out of country it is business that makes the money not the labor. Their labor still works long hours for low wages. We aren't raising their standard. We're lowering it and also lowering our own by putting people out of work.

Wouldn't it be better to pay a little more for our American products and keep our people working? Do we really want to wear clothes made by women/children working 12 to 14 hour days for low wages? Do we really want children working instead of going to school?

These business/factories do not follow environmental standards and they do not have to comply with work standards or conditions.

NAFTA has not helped anyone, only big business and I don't recall ever voting on it so how do we vote to repeal it? The Reflector says the system is working. For who? Everything I read says the system is broke and never did work. All you have to do to know it is broke is look around at the factory closings and the empty buildings. Look at the countries that have entered into our trade agreements. Their standard of living has not gone up. The rich (business) is getting richer and the poor poorer. The middle class that pays the taxes is disappearing.

These people need their money for necessities in these countries and can't afford to buy our products, making an imbalance of trade.

We're sort of stuck with NAFTA, CAFTA, etc. but we could negotiate and refuse to do business with countries that do not bring up their work standards and wages and adopt environmental standards.

Mary Nielsen

North Fairfield

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