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Opinions & Ideas
CAFTA LIMITS GROWTH
The overall situation for the people in Central America and the Dominican Republic is characterized by high levels of poverty and a growing gap between the rich and poor — a gap that is also widening in the United States. Trade is vitally important to the development of these countries.
However, a recent joint statement of Central American and U.S. Catholic bishops observed that trade is about more than economics; it is about people's lives and livelihoods. The trade rules that make up the Central American Free Trade Agreement severely limit the ability of these countries to use the very tools that the United States used in the past (and still uses) to build and maintain our competitive economy.
Ted Rudow III,MA