You don’t have to have a Ph.D. to understand that our trade policies of the past 20 years have failed. In fact, if you were a high school graduate and had a manufacturing job that was sent to Mexico, you would get it better than any college professor or trade guru. So-called free-trade agreements were sold as a way of boosting countries’ economies. We now know how these trade deals have hurt U.S. workers.
The Colombian government is putting its prettiest face forward this week in hopes of getting an ugly trade deal with the United States. The Colombian Embassy is placing 47 giant heart sculptures throughout Washington, D.C. It is also giving away 25,000 Colombian flowers in Union Station and encouraging photo ops with Juan Valdez. But hearts, flowers and Juan Valdez don't tell the whole truth about Colombia.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said this week that workers in the United States apparently don't want to join unions because of the "very enlightened management in this country now, treating employees better and employees have decided they don't want to pay the dues."