We do not need a Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), but a Fair Trade Agreement with other nations.
We need politicians who fight for freedom in the markets, but still put moral and not just regulatory pressure on companies to do right thing for it's consumers, workers and shareholders.
They need to make sure that these agreements are win/win for everyone, which requires a compromise of processes, policies and profits (Our parents called it sharing out of good will and not compulsion).
Also, as we engage in trade it is of national interest that America be able to keep vital aspects of the market and be able to always produce, service and optimize the "basic needs of life" from farming, shelter, communications, infrastructure, machinery, defense, etc-in it's own lands.
We cannot export essential production and skills to other countries who will have exclusive control of critical markets and knowledge.
What if they close their markets to us, black mail us, put higher tariffs on us for imports, and posses the labor pool and skills to build products that are key for American life?
Suddenly we find ourselves naked, poor and blind! We become the tail and not the head. We become led by foreigners in our own land as God warned Israel in Deuteronomy 28:43-44. Please read Deuteronomy 28:43-44!
USA has to be self sustainable. The first responsibility of politicians is to protect this capacity on behalf of it's citizens and not their personal pockets.
That is why character matters in the politicians we elect. They must posses a history of fighting for everyone in the game without punishing hard work and innovation. We must choose the noblest of hearts with proven abilities to get things done.
When politicians and multi-national corporate leaders surrender these capacities as have both Democrats and Republicans, they hurt us, including themselves.
Selfishness always blinds the practitioner of it's self destructive nature. The Gospel brings light, selflessness and wisdom to our souls.
We realize in equity and generosity their is long term sustained growth. It produces a culture where everyone wins without government having to choose winners and losers through compulsory legislation.
Our leaders need to take into consideration labor markets, knowledge capital, self sustainable production, and other key components as they enter into trade agreements.
If not, we will get into more and more in trouble and debt as a nation.
Christian social and economic ethics in politics and economics matter more than we think!
Our pastors have fallen asleep in the pulpit, Bible study groups do not go beyond the self/marriage/budgeting help teachings of Scripture and our schools no longer teach civics and American idealism.
We need multinational corporate leaders and politicians to care for everyone involved in our cities from the consumer, worker, shareholder and governing institutions. Not just the shareholders and bottom line profits!
Our foreign neighbors must be the last priority. If America begins to sink socially and economically we wont be able to help anyone. You need power to empower, you need wisdom to give wisdom, you need resources to resource.
Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days (James 5:1-3 NIV)
For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers (Proverbs 11:14 NIV)
By justice a king gives a country stability, but those who are greedy for bribes tear it down (Proverbs 29:4 NIV)