Obama. A change in the wrong direction as done in the past
Emilio D. Santos
( Laredo Morning Times 11/01/2008)
state of Texas is arguably the leading exporter, and also led the nation in 2007
in new jobs added to the payrolls. Exports Free markets and an open trade policy
made an important contribution in this effort. NAFTA has been a key part of
Texas’ recipe for success and growth, particularly along the border and for
our Port of Houston- the busiest international port
in the United States and tenth-busiest in the world. We cannot afford to lose
this tremendous success for our state.
Anti-business candidates blame NAFTA as the cause of
fewer jobs; American Jobs have been exported before NAFTA, and will continue to
be exported with or without NAFTA. Our
real national problem is: Failure to open other trade markets to our American
Freezing NAFTA and other
trade agreements, as some candidates are advocating, is the wrong prescription
to encourage economic growth. A
presidential scaring of the rich and corporations with more taxation will not
retain jobs but increase the relocation of companies overseas. Lower taxes, less
government regulation and increased free trade is the simple answer to increase
jobs in America.
the stock market collapsed and turned into a global depression after the United
States raised U.S. customs duties for imports. The 1930 Tariff Act were aimed at
helping domestic companies and generating jobs at home but in reality it cause
the U.S. exports to collapsed and in turn unemployment rose at record levels. We cannot afford to make the same mistake twice as was done in the
1930’s. Obama is young,
inexperience candidate offering change, but it will be a change in the wrong
direction as done in the past.
The U.S Chamber of Commerce and
The Texas Association of Business and Chambers of Commerce, (TABCC) puts out a
legislative scorecard. Lawmakers are scored from 0 to
100. All of the Valley state representatives scored below 46, Rick Noriega
candidate for U.S Senate has an anti-business score of 32 percent.
Senator Barack Obama score
was 54 and Sen. Joseph Biden Jr has worse
anti-business score of 41 percent. Democratic Congressman Henry Cuellar and
Republican Senators John McCain and John Cornyn
all scored a pro-business 100%.
I strongly believe that candidates
McCain, Cornyn and Cuellar are
commitment to issues that are important to our small businesses.
These candidates will help us to keep our employees working as well as
improving the economy.
(Emilio D. Santos is the President of the Association
of Importers & Exporters of Texas www.imp-exp-texas.org, a Texas Non-Profit
Corporation affiliated to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.)