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At on February 23rd, 2011, Dave Paulson wrote:

At on February 23rd, 2011, Dave Paulson wrote: "Hundreds of

thousands of manufacturing jobs were lost during Clinton's presidency, 

but those losses pale when compared to what happened under George W. 

Bush. By the end of the junior Bush's first term, the U.S. trade deficit

with Canada and Mexico had swelled to 12 times its pre-NAFTA level, and

2.8 million manufacturing jobs had been lost. Many factors contributed 

to these losses, but trade policy that allows unfair conditions and tax 

policy that promotes offshoring have been major factors leading to the 

20 million high-paying manufacturing jobs that were lost between the 

1970s and the present." Free Trade Agreements are often condemned with 

claims like those made above. What do you think about the validity of 

such claims? What other factors might one consider when trying to 

determine whether a Free Trade Agreement is "fair" or not?

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