by Ramona du Houx
President Barack Obama recognizes that NAFTA hurt American manufacturing. But the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal is not NAFTA. It should be judged on it’s own merits or faults. Obama invites lawmakers to look at his agreement and ask him specific questions.
Though the American Recovery Act Obama was able to lift up the nation out of a near Depression, by investing in jobs, industries, healthcare and infrastructure. Even Maine's Republican Senators, Snowe and Collins voted for the ARA. Those funds helped the Baldacci administration continue to invest in alternative energy, innovations, healthcare, infastructure and education. Thereby creating needed jobs.
He helped rebuild and saved the American Auto industry but USA auto manufactures can’t sell their products to many Pacific nations, holding back progress. His trade agreement would open that door.
The country needs to be selling more products overseas, as most exporting businesses pay higher wages and it’s a vast marketplace.
We need a next step to keep the economy growing. Republicans are holding back proposed laws for building highways, railways, bridges … infrastructure improvements that would infuse billions into local economies across America.