These days, what would a firm that outsourced 400,000 U.S. jobs be called? The answer: labor union. Monday's Canada-Colombia free-trade pact is its masterpiece.and
Leo Gerard, the proudly Canadian president of the United Steelworkers Union, is one of many who ought to stand up and take a bow.
He and his fellow Big Labor union bosses loudly opposed the U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement, using their political muscle to keep the already-negotiated deal on ice in Congress and the White House for nearly five years.
It's come at a massive cost to American workers' jobs.
Gerard's native land put its free trade agreement with Colombia into force Monday, meaning tariffs have been cut to zero on 80% of all goods Canadian companies sell to Colombia.
Meanwhile American companies continue to shell out tariffs of 15% to 50% more.
Free trade and equal and fair competition will lead to job creation in our country. If the government and unions would only step aside and let business create the jobs needed. Will this happen? I fear not.