Lies, damn lies, statistics, and Washington Post statistics:
The Post writes
a pro-NAFTA editorial. Remember, NAFTA went into effec
t in 1994.
... the impact of NAFTA seems to have been both larger and more positive in Mexico than in the United States. Mexico's gross domestic product, now more than $875 billion, has more than quadrupled since 1987.
As Dean Baker points out
, the Post
is using nominal (instead of inflation-adjusted figures) which isn't a proper measure of growth. But how about the audacity of justifying a 14 year old
program based on 20 years
In reality, there is nothing new here. The Post
supports programs that business wants. Concern for the average worker (e.g. with programs like Social Security) are ignored for the most part.