Has Anyone Seen The Nafta Blueprint?
As former New York Mets manager Casey Stengel once remarked: Can't anybody here play this game? That's what supporters are starting to wonder about President Clinton's efforts to win passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement. On Oct. 19, the Administration proposed--and then quickly backed away from--a plan to impose a $5 fee increase on airline tickets to pay for lost tariffs from trade liberalization with Mexico and Canada. The Administration has to come up with $2.4 billion over five years to fund NAFTA, under pay-as-you-go budget rules. The Clintonites are now considering changes in income-tax deduction schemes.
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