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Seattle Times letters to the editor

July 15, 2009 at 4:00 PM

TRADE Act: give it a chance to fix financial crisis

New bill would sort out messy trade

The Times editorial [“Anti-trade bill would hurt Washington state,” Opinion, July 15] opposing the TRADE Act of 2009 was hasty and reflexive. In 1993, “free” trade advocates promised a trade surplus, millions of new good jobs, access to markets and a solution to our immigration problems with Mexico. Since then, our trade balance rolled up $6 trillion in deficits, our economy has been de-industrialized and conditions in Mexico suffered, sending immigrants north.

We did get access to markets. As workers, we thought that meant access to consumers who would buy what we make. Businesses clearly understood that to mean access to producers who would make things for us to buy.

We are conditioned to say trade is good, all trade is good, more trade is best. Maximum possible trade. This is sloppy language and sloppy economics.

The TRADE Act is a first step to sorting out exactly how trade can raise our standard of living. The goal is mutual gain, not more trade.

— Stan Sorscher, Seattle

Citizens interests at heart in new trade policy

You guys are so right!

We need to keep the “busybodies” (i.e., citizens) out of decisions about our economy and trade policy, and instead leave it up to the corporations and their lobbyists.

After all, they have our best interests at heart, and — as recent economic trends have shown — have a great track record creating stable economic conditions and shared prosperity for all of us.

There is clearly no reason for us “little guys” to muck around with a system that is working so well not!

— Marina Skumanich, Seattle

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