I will not dispute what you have said about Clinton, because he also signed NAFTA, after it was pushed through congress by the repubs. The vote on NAFTA in congress tells the story here on who supported the very thing that opened the door for the china agreement. The ball was already rolling, instigated by repubs.
I will not give a pass to the dems who went along with the chinese agreement, but were the repubs totally against this? I think not! They would have embraced it heartily, because this is what big business special interests wanted. Any reticence by the pubs would have been only playing politics, and this is obvious.
I do not give the dems a pass here, but pandora's box was clearly opened up by the repubs who along with their special interests concocted free trade which led to the destruction of our middle class. So we could be more free with greater liberty. LOL. It was nothing more than a move to max profits by off shoring to cheap labor while retaining free access to the very consumer market that same industry created here in america, back when we made what we consumed. This is clear, surely.
BTW a texan republican got the ball rolling for clinton in congress if I recall correctly. Clinton was one of the better repubs we have had from the democratic party.
I understand how we got to where we are is complicated, but the big picture is rather simple. We allowed a few to max out profits by free trade, and are devastating this nation of average people. Because this lies at the very root of why free trade was concocted in the first place. That is clear.
Do you really think that when free trade was considered, that the idea of off shoring american jobs to cheap labor while retaining access to our market NEVER entered into the equation at all? By the special interests who drove this? I think not.