- Before NAFTA was enacted and went into effect 20 years ago, the United States never had, in any year of its history, a trade deficit of $135 billion or more.
- Every single year since then, for 20 years in a row, its trade deficit has been over $135 billion.
- Its last 14 trade deficits have been the 14 largest trade deficits in the history of the world.
- The nation has gone from $2 trillion in surplus with its trade to $11 trillion in debt.
- It has lost five million manufacturing jobs and roughly 15 million other jobs in the last 20 years.
Sources: Lori Wallach of Public Citizen and Representative Alan Grayson, a Democrat from Florida, as interviewed on Democracy Now!
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