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  • Free Trade Fact of the Day

    Luis Rubio looks at NAFTA from Mexico’s perspective in the Latin Business Chronicle:

    NAFTA was the result of a new economic strategy. Above all, however, it represented a major political shift. Instead of looking at the United States as the source of conflict and irritation, as it had historically been portrayed, the new Salinas de Gortari administration (1988-1994) sought out its northern neighbor as a source of stability, support and institutional strength. The objective was to borrow a rules-based system that Mexico lacked.

    There is no question that NAFTA has not fulfilled every expectation that it created. It is also true that Mexico has yet to tackle many of the most important development issues confronting it. Yet, one cannot dismiss what NAFTA has achieved in Mexico and by extension on the Mexico-U.S. border and in the bilateral relationship.

    Many Americans are suffering the consequences of globalization and, particularly, of rapid technological change. Terminating NAFTA would not alter these processes. It would not diminish the pace of integration across North America, either. But it could create a most disorderly integration process where everybody, Americans as well as Mexicans, end up as losers.

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    One Response to Free Trade Fact of the Day

    1. Darvin Dowdy, Houst says:

      Its a long winded, rambling article full of false dichotomy and not-so-veiled threats. Nafta is a crutch for Mexico. A way for them to postpone dealing with their corrupt and inefficient gov't. "And the U.S. had better not kick that crutch out from under us and force us to walk on our own 2 feet!" Thats what I took from this article.

      His talk about "integration" and "migration". In other words 20 million illegals in the U.S. And the threat of more if we try to alter Nafta. With the tourism, oil, agriculture and their other natural resources Mexico should have a thriving middle class. And no need for "migration".

      We are propping them up. And the U.S. is coming up short on the deal hurting our "own" middle class. We're being slowly bled out by this and other so-called global free trade deals. DD

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