They Haven't Shut Up Yet

Economists say it's too early to gauge the overall effect of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which took effect in January. But seven months after Al Gore and Ross Perot, right, squared off over the treaty, the Administration and Perot are still going at it. The Commerce Department publishes the relentlessly upbeat NAFTA News, while Perot's United We Stand America publishes the pessimistic Afta-NAFTA Update. Some excerpts:

NAFTA News: "January trade statistics revealed that in the first month of NAFTA implementation the U.S. trade surplus with Mexico nearly doubled from December 1993. U.S. exports increased $400 million."

Afta-NAFTA Update: "Nintendo...

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