Monday, March 13, 2006

Why Not Move Your Business To Canada, Eh?

Yesterday I had an interesting thought. Border patrol officers report the number of illegal border crossings from Mexico to the United States is at an all time high, and shows no sign of letting up. Yet every time I pick up the newspaper, I read about another business packing up, and heading south of the border. Many people that have been caught attempting to enter this country illegally state they merely wanted a better life for their family ... and honestly who could blame them, who doesn't want the best for their loved ones? But with NAFTA enacted and so many corporations relocating to Mexico, why are good paying jobs not in abundance? Was the whole point of NAFTA nothing more than a way to give large corporations enormous tax breaks, prevent them from adhering to local, state, and federal regulations (such as pollution ... just to name one), and to ultimately provide cheap labor without the aggravations of unions and the burden of paying health care benefits? I'm really starting to wonder. Honestly, why else would you want to move your entire business operation to a country, that in many parts, advises people NOT to drink the water?


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