Jesse Ventura on Free Trade

Former Independent MN Governor

Trade creates jobs & productivity

One out of every eight manufacturing jobs in Minnesota depends on exports. And Iím told that Canadaís manufacturing sector has added 220,000 new jobs since 1995 - making that industry one of the strongest job creating engines in the Canadian economy. So to those critics who talk about lost jobs, I say:
Iím afraid we WILL LOSE jobs - or the opportunity to create job -- if we DONíT encourage Minnesota companies to export.
The U.S. market is only so big - and we canít hide from the fact that the world is our marketplace.
Source: Speech to Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership , Sep 18, 2000

Jesse Ventura on China

Trading with China is a no-brainer

Trade with China could give the US economy a gigantic shot in the arm. In opening up trade with China, weíd be giving nothing and getting everything. What they sell to us will probably change very little. But what will change dramatically is our access to them. Up until now, they havenít allowed us into their market. Now weíll have access to over a billion new customers. And if we donít move on this opportunity, the rest of the world will. We could end up being the only country not trading with China.

Itís a no-brainer in my opinion. It doesnít mean that anything more will come to us from China, but weíll be selling a huge amount of stuff to them. It will drop tariff rates from 30% down to 10%. In most cases it will be particularly beneficial to our farmers, because China is out of farmland. If US farmers could sell our surplus to China, prices would rise and profit would be enormous.

Source: Do I Stand Alone, by Jesse Ventura, p.225-6 , Jul 2, 2000

Opening markets will cause Chinaís downfall

People who oppose trade with China are always quick to mention the human rights abuses going on there. I understand that unspeakable human atrocities have happened in China, and youíll never hear me excusing them. Thatís a by-product, it seems, of Communism.

But trade barriers arenít going to do anything to change the human rights situation in China. I think the opposite approach is called for: The best catalyst for change that China could possibly have is to get a taste of the good things democracy can create. By engaging us, and by becoming more associated with our view on human rights, I think theyíll be bringing a flood of new ideas into their country.

I think opening our markets to China will be the ultimate downfall of Chinaís Communism. Because when China gets a taste of what capitalism can allow them to do, its people wonít stand for it anymore. And I think the exposure the Chinese government would get in the WTO would open them up even more to international criticism.

Source: Do I Stand Alone, by Jesse Ventura, p.228-9 , Jul 2, 2000

Ease Canadian border-crossing rules.

Ventura signed the Midwestern Governors' Conference resolution:

Source: Resolution of Midwestern Governors' Conf. on Canadian Border 98-MGC3 on May 12, 1998

Grant fast-track authority to the President.

Ventura signed the Midwestern Governors' Conference resolution:

Source: Resolution of Midwestern Governors' Conf. on Agri. Trade 99-MGC4 on Nov 19, 1999

Other governors on Free Trade: Jesse Ventura on other issues:
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Mark Dayton
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Amy Klobuchar

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