Trading on the American Dream

Trading on the American Dream

This piece was originally published in the December 2016 issue of electroindustry.

Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI)

To say we are in a period of great change and uncertainty would be an understatement, but through all of that one thing remains clear: economists of all stripes tell us that free, fair trade is good for jobs, good for families, and good for workers.

While it is unclear where the next administration’s trade policy will take us, we do know that in a rapidly changing world we have an obligation to our communities to promote a trade agenda built on U.S. values and to help support and protect those left behind by globalization.

With 95 percent of the world living outside our borders, we need to make sure that our businesses and producers have access to overseas markets. It is time to put down partisan inclinations to resist all trade deals and instead focus on getting the best deals for our workers, farmers, and businesses.

As we enter this period of potentially rekindled protectionism in America, we must remember our history does not look kindly upon those who strive to cut the United States off from the world—it is our obligation to defend our values, defend our workers here at home, and defend the world against a trade policy set by China.

The facts are on our side, and we will continue to advocate for what we believe in and what we know to be right. The American dream depends on trade, but we need to be sure not to lose sight of that in the months and years ahead.

Read the December 2016 issue of electroindustry.

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