Survey: Is Free Trade Good or Bad?
Both Clinton and Obama are trying to outdo each other in their promises to overhaul NAFTA and renegotiate free trade. No matter that Ontario has probably lost as many manufacturing jobs as Ohio, or that if there really was an open border then Ontario and Ohio, which are very close, could work together with upper New York State and Michigan to build a really strong local economy, but instead every week another border security impediment or charge is added to slow down trade. As Richard Florida noted, there are huge advantages for the economically depressed rust belt in improving links to resource and water-rich Canada. But hey, Canadians say go for it; they would love to get control of their oil and gas resources back.