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Outside the Box: The truth no politician will utter: Trade is good for America

Why do the presidential candidates refuse to state the obvious — that far from being a victim, the United States is a big overall winner from the open trading system championed by U.S. administrations for half a century?

Yes, there are winners and losers and the pain of factory closures is real. But that is only half the story. NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement, has arguably done more good than harm. U.S. and Canadian trade with Mexico is up 400% since NAFTA. Mexico is the third largest U.S. export market — for agriculture, services and manufacturing.

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