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Keep American trade free.(ECONOMICS AND REGULATION)

Frances Smith, "CAFTA-DR; Can Free Trade Hold Up to Special Interest Siege?" Competitive Enterprise Institute, May 26, 2005 (

One of the most important advances in recent years for flee trade with developing nations is the U.S.-Central American and Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) of 2004. Yet its potential achievements are already under threat from a variety of special interests--from the sugar and textiles industries to labor and environmental activists. CEI adjunct fellow and consumer group head Frances Smith examines the threats and urges legislators to resist them.

The powerful sugar lobby is working hard to undermine the agreement. …

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