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Ed Markey’s inconvenient truth is: 175,706 manufacturing jobs lost in Massachusetts during NAFTA/WTO Period
Is this what we were promised by the politicians, who popped champagne bottles when these so-called “free trade” agreements were passed? I hope Mr. Markey celebrated their passage with a nice glass of Dom Perrion. Ignoring the pleas of many unions, Ed Markey chose a different path which resulted in Massachusetts hemorrhaging 41% of its manufacturing jobs. Before Ed Markey voted for NAFTA $ GATT, 18% of all private sector jobs in Massachusetts were in the manufacturing sector. Remember the slogan “Make It In Massachusetts”? Today, it is below 9%. Anyone for drinking some box wine?
The net loss in jobs in Massachusetts due to our trade deficit with Mexico alone is over 17,000, China has wiped out over 78,000. Does Ed Markey, by living in Chevy Chase, Maryland, have any clue of the impact these trade deals have on the middle class in Massachusetts, let alone across the entire nation? Does he even care? Is there any doubt, Stephen Lynch, who worked at the Quincy Shipyard and the GM Plant in Framingham, who witnessed these jobs vanish and moved out of the country, is fully aware of the impact the free trade deals have on real people? Politicians make choices in life. Some choose to spend most of their time living outside their district like Mr. Markey, others like Stephen Lynch return back to the district they represent, as often as possible, to get on the ground, speak to the people in the supermarkets or local sporting events, and find out what the hell is really happening, and more important, what D.C. can do better or stop doing.
In 2004, the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program was passed to help train workers who lost their job due to imports or offshoring. Since its passage, almost 50,000 Massachusetts residents have had to apply for this program. Some here applaud Mr. Markey for supporting this bill. I look at it as an indictment of his support for NAFTA and GATT a decade earlier.
If you believe America can continue this cycle of importing cheap goods while exporting our manufacturing jobs, Chevy Chase Ed Markey is your man and will fit perfectly in the U.S. Senate, where most members are oblivious to what is going on in the working middle class.
On the other hand, we can stop this insanity of incentivizing corporations to move operations offshore. We can elect a man who did at one point in his life, had to wait in an unemployment line, actually worked a very difficult blue-collar job while putting himself though college, and who doesn’t have to pander to the middle class by hanging his hat on a little factoid that he drove his dad’s milk truck one summer while on semester break.
I urge we vote for a man who struggled to maintain his middle class status for most of his life. By electing Stephen Lynch, we all get to go to D.C., and finally have a seat at the table reserved for the most affluent in our society. It should be no surprise that in 1965, there were 51 full-time workers to every one person on disability. In 1997 as the trade agreements began to take root, the ratio was 24-1. Today, the ratio is at 13-1.
The working middle class has been on an economic death spiral for 20 years. We Democrats and Unenrolled voters can either elect Ed Markey, who helped put our economy in the death spiral with his NAFTA and GATT votes, or we can elect Stephen Lynch, who will fight for a new path, that includes protection and guardrails for our fellow Americans who need it the most , the working middle class. Are you with me!
The sequel, Ed Markey makes Bain Capital look like a staffing agency.