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Jerome Lorenze

Mills River, NC

Trade agreement 

To the editor: Presidents of both parties have been complicit in approving free trade agreements that have disadvantaged this country, as evidenced by huge trade deficits each and every year since their inception.

The unintended consequence of the Trade Agreement Act of 1979 has, in my opinion, resulted in trading American manufacturing jobs to other countries, mainly China, and borrowing from them the money to buy back the goods, formerly “made in the USA.”

Some of us remember when buying U.S.-made goods was promoted as the gold standard, thereby supporting American jobs. Today one has difficulty in buying any manufactured good labeled “Made in America.”

No one who has followed this president’s machinations trusts him to make any trade agreement favorable to this country. This, for him, is just one more opportunity to knock us off our “high horse.”

But, you say, Congress gets an up or down vote to approve or disapprove the final agreement! This establishment-led Congress has, to date, only served special interests, not the people.

Mark Meadows deserves a medal, not a demotion, for voting with the American worker rather than the establishment, bought and paid for by big money contributors. 

JEROME (JACK) LORENZ 

Mills River