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I don’t think Nafta has been good for America — and I never have

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That is a far cry from the language of Candidate Obama. He said in a Democratic debate last year that the United States should consider leaving Nafta if the agreement could not be renegotiated. And at another point he sharply attacked Mrs. Clinton, his chief Democratic rival, for what he asserted was a shift in her stance on Nafta.

“Ten years after Nafta passed, Senator Clinton said it was good for America,” Mr. Obama told the crowd at that time. “Well, I don’t think Nafta has been good for America — and I never have.”
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One of the problems with NAFTA is that it clumps Canada and Mexico into the same bucket.

Canada provides a reasonably robust economy with living wages and a fair quid pro quo to the agreement.

Mexico, on the other hand did not raise wages or improve standards of living for its work force, is a dumping ground for manufacturers who want to cut labor costs to absolute minimums without regard to what it does to the overall economy.

I would imagine that any talks to "re-tune" NAFTA will be focused SOUTH of the border, not North.

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