Unformatted text preview: t Journal/NBC poll, 83 percent of blue-collar
workers said our economy is struggling because of outsourcing of jobs to low-wage countries.
The Economic Policy Institute estimates that the Korea-U.S. agreement would worsen our trade deficit
with Korea by $13.9 billion over the next seven years. Rising Korean imports would displace
approximately 888,000 U.S. jobs over this same time. Taking into account all the products we trade
with South Korea — exports and imports — the proposed trade agreement would result in a net loss of
Similarly, the U.S. International Trade Commission predicts that jobs would be lost in high-wage
industries, such as electronic equipment, motor vehicles and parts, and other transportation
equipment, with deficits for these sectors totaling up to $1.8 billion.
Trade is part of our prosperity in Washington state. Workers, environmentalists, social-justice groups, family
farmers and human-rights advocates fully support a trade policy that raises our standard of living and builds
stronger communities in America and in the countries where we trade.
We have decades of experience with our failed "free trade" model. We know it works very well for
multinational companies, but works against the public interest in America and in South Korea.
Congress is expected to consider the recently renegotiated Korea-U.S. trade agreement within the next few
weeks. The first step in the right direction is to reject this agreement.
We need a new trade policy. Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011
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SKFTA Bad – kills jobs and increases trade deficit – trade history is on our side
National Farmers Union, ‘11
[3-17-11, Southwest Farm Press, “NFU delegates oppose South Korea Trade Agreement”, 3-17-11,
http://southwestfarmpress.com/markets/nfu-delegates-oppose-south-korea-trade-agreement , accessed 6-24-11]
Delegates at National Farmers Union’s (NFU) 109th annual convention in San Antonio, Texas, have
adopted a special order of business opposing recent free trade agreements, particularly the Korea-U.S.
Free Trade Agreement (KORUS). “Past free trade agreements such as the North American Free Trade
Agreement (NAFTA) and Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) have not performed as
promised for U.S. agriculture,” said Roger Johnson, NFU President, on March 15. “KORUS replicates
many of the most troubling provisions of NAFTA and CAFTA. Even more troubling is the fact that
KORUS has no provisions to counter Korean currency manipulations.” KORUS also projects to
increase the U.S. trade deficit and cost tens of thousands of jobs. “The U.S. International Trade
Commission predicts that the KORUS agreement would increase the U.S. trade deficit of $308 - $416
million,” said Johnson. “Further, the Economic Policy Institute forecasts that the agreement would
cost 159,000 U.S. jobs in its first seven years. This would be a terrible deal for the U.S., one that NFU
cannot support as it is currently written.” Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011
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