A Tale of Two Jobs: One Lost, One Gained

A look at the factories of Toledo shows how NAFTA will cost some jobs but replace them with better ones

Until last week, anyone paying attention to the debate over a proposed trade pact between the U.S., Canada and Mexico might have concluded that there was no debate at all. For months, opponents of the North American Free Trade Agreement enjoyed no competition in their campaign to persuade Americans that NAFTA is a job-killing scheme cooked up by greedy corporate honchos and foreign lobbyists. So one-sided did the argument seem that it began to produce "a giant sucking sound," not of American jobs flowing to Mexico, as Ross Perot swears will happen under NAFTA, but of congressional support for the trade...

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