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Wed Sep 28, 2016, 12:26 PM

Ezra Klein's observations on Trump's trade/NAFTA debate argument

From: Vox's The press thought Trumpís first 30 minutes were his best. They were his worst.

From the debate, Trump's most "populist" argument:

Our jobs are fleeing the country. They're going to Mexico. They're going to many other countries. You look at what China is doing to our country in terms of making our product. They're devaluing their currency, and there's nobody in our government to fight them. And we have a very good fight. And we have a winning fight. Because they're using our country as a piggy bank to rebuild China, and many other countries are doing the same thing.

So we're losing our good jobs, so many of them. When you look at what's happening in Mexico, a friend of mine who builds plants said it's the eighth wonder of the world. They're building some of the biggest plants anywhere in the world, some of the most sophisticated, some of the best plants. With the United States, as he said, not so much.

On NAFTA and "Hillary's responsibility"?):

Well, he <President Bill Clinton> approved NAFTA. He approved NAFTA, which is the single worst trade deal ever approved in this country.

Now, can we liberal progressives really argue against this "populist" sentiment?

Ezra Klein says, "Hell, yeah! Facts matter!":

To Trump, NAFTA is some kind of original economic sin ó a core cause of our current economic troubles. So letís talk about NAFTA.

Economists disagree as to the exact effects of the treaty, but virtually every paper published on the subject finds the effect on the American economy was small. A review of 11 econometric studies of NAFTA finds effects ranging from a modest reduction in wage growth for blue-collar workers to a 0.17 percent increase in overall American wages.

<Much more on NAFTA at OP link>

On Trump's assertion jobs are "fleeing the country":

Itís a simple fact that none of this is true. Jobs arenít fleeing the United States. August marked the 78th straight month in which the US economy added jobs ó weíre in the single longest streak of private sector job growth in American history. China isnít devaluing its currency ó in fact, itís propping it up to stop investors from fleeing the country. The biggest plant in the world is being built by Tesla in Fremont, California, and the existing biggest plant in the world is a Boeing factory in Washington state.

And how did the press and M$M analyze all this as a winning argument for Trump?

And so we attempt, peculiarly, to recast ourselves as observers of voter reactions we canít observe. We judge the debate based not on what we think to be true about it but on what we think the public will think to be true about it. And so we end up asking not whether the candidates made good arguments given what we know to be true but whether they made good arguments given what we imagine voters know to be true. And once youíre in that mindset, a section where Trump sounded good can be a win even if nothing he said made sense ó after all, fairly few voters are trade policy or labor market experts.

"A Well-Informed Electorate Is a Prerequisite for Democracy"

Read it all at: http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2016/9/27/13076848/trump-trade-debate

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Response to yallerdawg (Original post)

Wed Sep 28, 2016, 12:33 PM

1. Jobs left the Rust Belt but not the USA

Texas is the number one exporting state now and much of that is due to NAFTA. Texas economy is booming, even with the slump in oil and gas drilling. I am sure other border states, also benefited from NAFTA. I recently bought some blueberries at the market and they were from Canada.

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Response to dem in texas (Reply #1)

Wed Sep 28, 2016, 12:50 PM

3. From the link:

"A separate overview of the evidence from the Congressional Research Service concluded that NAFTA "slightly increased growth in output and productivityĒ and "had little or no impact on aggregate employment.

"On some level, all this is obvious. NAFTA was enacted in January 1994 ó a few years before one of the strongest economies in American history. It would be foolish to credit NAFTA with the í90s economic boom, but it is yet more foolish to pretend NAFTA devastated the American economy given the fact that unemployment fell from 6.6 percent in January 1994 to 4.0 percent in January 2000."

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Response to yallerdawg (Original post)

Wed Sep 28, 2016, 12:49 PM

2. Sadly, too many believe the urban myth he was selling

including many on "our side." That is why people think he did well in those opening minutes. All I saw was a basket of deplorable misstatements (I was aware of the economic consensus on all this) and a lot of crazy yelling (They've left! They've all left! They're leaving!). And oh yes, the fact that every bit of it failed to answer the question asked: how are you going to create more jobs for Americans?



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Response to frazzled (Reply #2)

Wed Sep 28, 2016, 01:07 PM

4. Republicans sell Fear. Trump sells Fear & Bigotry. . . . . . nt

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Response to frazzled (Reply #2)

Wed Sep 28, 2016, 01:11 PM

5. Trump and the Republicans make no sense.

If taxes and regulations are negatively impacting "job creation" - and Trump has promised a freeze on new regulation - how does it make any sense he will create jobs by imposing new regulations to keep companies from taking jobs out of America, and then taxing the crap out of their products coming back to America if they do?

Head-snapping inconsistency - until we remember Republicans serve the corporations, and there will be no new taxes and regulations, regardless of what the candidate "promises."

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