Why Perot Is Still Wrong

What's wrong with this picture? Mexico's currency crash had just spoiled the first anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement, and there sat Ross Perot, looking very, very grave. "I do not want to be vindicated," the prophet of post-NAFTA doom told one newspaper reporter. "I would like to be wrong."

Loose translation: "See? I was right." Like other NAFTA critics, Perot sees Mexico's turmoil as proof at last of the trade pact's perils. And he sees more proof in the offing: after the peso's plunge, with Mexican labor even cheaper, American jobs will head south en masse. The poorly...

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