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Trade Truth #3: 'Trade' Talking Points
6/12/08
Here are concise statements for those who wish to be effective in opposing "free trade" rhetoric.

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Petroleum Prevarication
5/10/08
Updated: U.S. petroleum exports are about 11% of imports [UPDATE: NOW in 2010 it's 24%!!! A 150% increase over 3003!]. Want to increase U.S. oil supply by 11% [24%]? Stop exporting it. Drill in ANWR? No; that oil would likely be exported.

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Trade Truth #2: The Dollar & The Deficit
4/27/08
The falling dollar did not increase the rate of goods export growth as pro "free trade" advocates maintain it should. The trade balance was less negative by $50B in 2007 because of increased growth of services exports and decreased growth of goods imports. Oil is a problem, but it's less than 20% of the trade deficit. The petroleum deficit fell in real dollars by $4.6B in 2006 and $3.9B in 2007 despite rising oil prices. There's a major structural problem driving the U.S. toward economic collapse.

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Trade Truth #1: The NAFTA Nemesis
4/18/08
"Free trade" fundamentalists tout "export growth" as essential to economic well-being. But, after NAFTA, exports have suffered relative to imports no matter how one looks at the data. They totally ignore how imports have slammed exports on all counts: absolute level, growth, and acceleration.

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Smoot-Hawley Fiction
2/15/09
Smoot-Hawley tariff "protectionism" is continually being blamed for the Great Depression: "OMG, that would start a trade war and hurt our exports. After all, doncha know that caused the Great Depression?!!!" Trouble is, our enormous trade deficit shows we've been in, and lost, that war. Creating balanced trade and Buy American are perfectly consistent with fundamental economic development principles and are not simply "protectionism." "Free trade" proponents commit economic treason by perpetrating pro-"free trade" propaganda. Not to put too fine a point on it, they're lying. Here's why it's obvious. And it wasn't FDR's New Deal that prolonged it either.

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Economic Development: What to do locally?
5/29/09
This article uses an expanded economic development model based on what the Economic Development Corporation used for years to describe what can be done locally to respond to massive regional manufacturing and IT job losses. The same principles apply to the U.S. economy.

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Jobs & 'Trade' Data Update Jun10
8/2/10
Colorado Springs Jobs: As of Jun 2010 Colorado Springs has lost over 54% of its Mfg & IT jobs since Jan01; that's 14,300 Mfg & 7,800 IT jobs lost. Computer & Electronic Products Mfg jobs are down 69% since Apr01. Overall there are 19,500 fewer non-farm jobs than in Nov 07 ... about the same number of jobs as in July 1999.
Colorado Jobs: CO has lost 155,800 jobs since May08. The number of CO jobs now is less than the number of jobs in May 2000.
National Jobs: There are 7.4M fewer jobs than in Nov07. That's 1.3M better than the Dec09 loss of 8.7M jobs. "Official" (U-3) unemployment was 9.5%, with the more realistic expanded measure of U-6 at 16.5%. But 'real' unemployment is now ~24%. Jun10 U-2, job losers, was at a yearly rate of 5.9% of the civilian labor force (1.17M lost their jobs in June), compared to 6.7% in Oct09.
Trade Deficit: A major drag on GDP and employment is the continuing offshoring of jobs as evidenced by the again increasing trade deficit. From 2000 through May 2010 the cumulative trade deficit (trade debt) has been $5.8 trillion; that's how much GDP has been reduced by this insane policy. Since 1980 it's $7.7 trillion of debt to other nations. There's no possible amount of stimulus that can make up for this drain on GDP.
ATP Trade: The Advanced Technology Products trade deficit is $56.6B/yr projected based on the Jan - May data. In 1991, the U.S. had a $38.4B ATP surplus. The loss of high-tech jobs and intellectual capital has been enormous and continues despite the economic downturn.


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Jobs & 'Trade' Data Update Oct09
11/19/09
Economic crisis root cause: massive offshoring of good-paying manufacturing & IT jobs. Economy: increasingly unstable as U.S. wages systematically undermined. As of Sep09 Colorado Springs lost over 50% of Mfg & IT jobs since Jan01 with overall jobs lost at 14,600 since Nov 07. Colorado has lost 120,000 jobs since Aug08. Nationally in Oct09: 8.4M fewer jobs than in Nov07; "official" (U-3) unemployment rose to 10.2%, with the more realistic expanded measure of U-6 at 17.5%. But 'real' unemployment is now ~25%, approaching Great Depression levels. U-2, job losers, increased to 6.9% of the civilian labor force.

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Jobs & 'Trade' Data Update Jun09
8/2/09
Economic crisis root cause: massive offshoring of good-paying manufacturing and IT jobs. Economy: increasingly unstable as U.S. wages systematically undermined. Colorado Springs lost 47.2% of mfg jobs as of May, nationally 32.8% as of Jun. As of May, Colorado has lost 96,700 jobs since Aug 08 and Colorado Springs has lost 12,400 jobs since Nov 07. Nationally there are 6.5M fewer jobs than in Nov 07. U.S. "official" (U-3) unemployment rose to 9.5% in May, with the more realistic expanded measure of U-6 at 16.5%. But 'real' unemployment is now ~23%, approaching Great Depression levels. U-2, job losers remains at 6.2% in Jun 09. [Added: Who's responsible for how much of projected deficits.] Smoot-Hawley Hogwash

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Jobs & 'Trade' Data Update May09
6/14/09
The root cause of the current economic crisis: massive offshoring of good-paying manufacturing and IT jobs. The economy is increasingly unstable as U.S. wages have been systematically undermined. Colorado Springs lost 46.8% of mfg jobs as of Apr, nationally 32% as of May. Colorado has lost 93,300 jobs since Aug 08. Colorado Springs has lost 12,000 jobs since Nov 07. Nationally there are 6.1M fewer jobs than in Nov 07. U.S. "official" (U-3) unemployment rose to 9.4% in May, with the more realistic expanded measure of U-6 at 16.4%. But 'real' unemployment is well over 20%, comparable to the Great Depression. U-2, job losers and persons who completed temporary jobs as a % of the civilian labor force, has risen to 6.2% in May 09 (was 2% in Oct 06 & 4% in Nov 08).


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