We are hearing a lot on free trade in the election rhetoric. The more astute commentators have pointed out that free trade is essentially anti-national on several different levels. The less astute, or more likely, those being paid to push a certain narrative, have the opposite POV.
We also have another issue, mass migration from poorer countries. Mostly we think of this as Mexicans, but they come from any number of countries with a poorer standard of living. These topics are closely linked in the Republican party. The Republican Elite have a vested interest in keeping input costs down for the business interests they represent.
Both the Democrats and Republican Elite have the same perspective on these issues. More mass migration. More jobs sent overseas to countries with lower labor production costs. The free flow of labor and cheaply produced products is universally recognized good.
The Detroit Free Press ran this story, 6 Reasons Ford Picked Mexico for a New Plant, this week. Of course they covered the three most obvious reasons: Free Trade, Cheap Logistics, and Cheap Labor. They threw in 2 other "reasons" to make the list longer and then a talking point to pretend that things are still good in the USA.
I want to know: "How many American's are able to migrate to Mexico to work in the new Ford plant?". If someone currently working for Ford is willing to go to Mexico and work at the new, lower wage, can they? Will Ford transfer them in their job? Will the Mexican government let the gringos move in and live as they please? Will the Mexican government start giving tax rebates to the new comers? Will they suddenly publish their paperwork and signs in English? Exactly how far will the Mexicans go to assimilate white folks into their country?
I think we all know the answer.