Carol Moseley-Braun on Free Trade
Former IL Senator; Democratic Candidate for President
MOSELEY BRAUN: Isn't the issue really one of balance? We can't afford to go the route of just protectionism that will jump-start a depression in this country nor can we afford to just give away the store, as has happened under this administration's leadership with our trade agreements. You have to have environmental and labor standards and human rights standards in order to level the playing field for American companies so that we aren't hemorrhaging jobs as a result of our engagements with the rest of the world. But to stand and tell the American people that protectionism will somehow or another keep jobs in this country is just not true.
MOSELEY-BRAUN: We have to make certain that the globalization of trade does not create the exploitation of workers abroad and the hemorrhaging of jobs at home. We have a responsibility to see to it that our country retains a vital and robust manufacturing base. If we can take the burden of health care off manufacturers, that will go a long way to resolving trade deficit issues.
One of the reasons we have such difficulty is that we are making ourselves noncompetitive by allowing firms and other nations to enjoy the advantages, if you will, of exploiting the environment and their workforce. We have to head for the deep integration of our markets. [I agree with] "Made in America and sold abroad," but sold under conditions in which the playing field is level and we do not allow others to take advantage of us.
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