Free Trade With Mexico: Gain, Pain, Retrain

When the fortunes of your neighbor, especially a neighbor who has been poor, begin to improve, you might smile at your neighbor's good fortune. But if you believe that the gain is owing to your loss, it's natural to feel less than charitable about the trade-off. The United Auto Workers looks at plant closings and job losses at home, compares them with factory openings and job gains in Mexico, and makes a simple calculation: Mexican workers are gaining at U.S. workers' expense, and so free trade is bad. Thanks in large part to the stunning successes of Detroit South, opposition to the planned North American Free Trade Agreement is growing.

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