December 8, 1993, then President William Jefferson Clinton signed into law the document that nearly brought the United States economy to its knees. The North American Free Trade Agreement. This piece of paper opened our doors to cheap, overseas goods that don’t have to pass the rigorous testing processes or meet standards set in the U.S. to make sure the things we buy are safe. Owners of manufacturing facilities only saw that they would not have to deal with unions, striking workers or even pay their workers a minimum wage. They could make billions instead of millions! So with a giant sucking sound, (remember Ross Perot?) American workers lost their jobs to cheap overseas labor.
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