Nafta Con: A Jobs Nightmare

In the annals of strange political bedfellows, the North American Free Trade Agreement is one for the record books. It's weird enough that Bill Clinton is joining forces with his erstwhile enemies, Senate Minority Leader Bob Dole (R-Kans.) and conservative firebrand Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), the House Minority Whip, to push NAFTA through Congress. But take a gander at the opposition: Iconoclastic Ross Perot and right-wing hard-liner Patrick J. Buchanan are walking arm-in-arm with free spirit Jerry Brown, the centrist House Majority Leader Richard A. Gephardt (D-Mo.), liberal activist Jesse Jackson, and consumer crusader Ralph Nader.

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