PRESIDENT BUSH has admitted ruefully that he's not very good when it comes to "this vision thing." Yet his success in convincing Congress to give him "fast track" authority to negotiate free trade agreements with Mexico and other nations indicates quite the opposite.
President Bush backed his vision of North America forming the biggest consumer market in the world with 360 million people and an annual production of more than $6 trillion, with hard work to convince Congress that the free trade benefits will outweigh the disadvantages. The administration estimates that only 64,000 jobs will be lost in "import-sensitive" industries. But they will be more than made up for by increased employment in export-oriented industries.
Since 1986, when Mexico began reducing its tariffs, exports from the United States have doubled to $28 billion. When the votes were in -- 231-192 in the House . . . and 59-36 . . . in the Senate -- President Bush's vision had overcome.