White House Gears Up for NAFTA Jobs and Products Day
The White House is continuing to gear up for NAFTA Jobs
and Products Day tomorrow. The President will be joined in
reviewing American exports to Mexico by members of Congress,
members of the Cabinet, Lee Iacocca and over one thousand workers
and representatives of exporting companies. Products will begin
to arrive today, and will be displayed by the workers who produce
them in two tents on the South Lawn. The message of this event
is clear -- U.S. exports create U.S. jobs and NAFTA will boost
more than 700,000 U.S. jobs dependant on trade with Mexico.
Rep. Bereuter Endorses NAFTA
In a floor statement last Friday, Representative Doug
Bereuter (R-NE) endorsed NAFTA, announcing that he will vote in
favor of its passage. Rep. Bereuter stated that "the approval of
NAFTA is in the overall best interest of the United States --both
in the short-term and long-term; for Nebraska the case is even
more overwhelmingly positive."
Bereuter told his House colleagues that "the low-wage
incentive to move jobs out of the United States already exists;
therefore, approval of NAFTA would actually reduce this jobrelocation
incentive rather than increase it -- by eliminating
Mexico's substantial barriers to U.S. manufactured products."
Bereuter also pointed out that NAFTA would eliminate Mexican laws
requiring U.S. producers to build in Mexico to sell in Mexico.
"Thus, it would no longer be necessary for U.S. auto makers and
auto parts manufacturers to locate facilities in Mexico to tap
Mexican markets; these products could be made in the U.S. by
American workers and exported to Mexico."
Microsoft's Gates Calls NAFTA "Key" to Ending Software Piracy
In an op-ed article in yesterday's Washington Post,
Microsoft CEO Bill Gates endorsed NAFTA, calling it "key" to
ending software piracy which costs American software
manufacturers millions each year. "Software piracy costs the
U.S. industry a staggering $10 billion a year in lost revenue
from foregone foreign sales," Gates wrote. "These increased
sales would generate more jobs at home".
Gates wrote that Microsoft's sales "grew more than 100
percent in 1992 and nearly 200 percent in 1993 while U.S.-based
employment in support of Microsoft's Latin American operations
increased more than 300 percent." Gates argued that the
precedent set in NAFTA for intellectual protection could be
extended to the rest of South America as those countries seek to
link themselves to the agreement. "In short," Gates concluded,
"approval of NAFTA is vitally important to the software industry
-- and the country. ...It is an opportunity we should not miss."