The above link will take you to a post by Jonathan Tasini, executive director of the Labor Research Association, which includes a letter sent by a group of 54 Congressmen to President Obama titled “Working Together to Deliver Your Trade Reform Agenda to the American People.” Check it out.
The drumbeat of opposition to unfettered free trade is growing. This is very good news and cause for optimism about the future of the American economy. Although it’s been more than half of my long lifetime since America experienced a trade surplus back in 1975, I may live to see another.
As I expected, my Congressman, Republican Mike Rogers, is not one of the signers. However, newly-elected Democratic Congressman Gary Peters, from my neighboring district, is. I recently attended a town hall-style meeting with Congressman Peters and he expressed great concern about our trade deficit. Although I’ve been very supportive of Congressman Rogers because of his stance on immigration, he’s on the wrong side of the trade issue. If your congressman’s signature isn’t included, you may want to challenge him/her as to why.
The era of huge trade deficits may be drawing to an end, and not a moment too soon.