Ross Perot’s Warning of a ‘Giant Sucking Sound’ on Nafta Echoes Today

Ross Perot, who died Tuesday, has not been much in the news in the past few years. But his ideas surely have. His staunch opposition to the North American Free Trade Agreement in the 1990s found a powerful echo two decades later when Donald Trump ran for the presidency calling for a wall on the Mexican border and dismissing Nafta as “perhaps the worst trade deal ever made.” “We do the world’s dumbest trade agreements,” Mr. Perot told Vice President Al Gore in a televised debate in 1993. “You go…

Where the Good Jobs Are

You dropped out of college, or decided straight out of high school that college was not your thing. Here’s some advice if you are looking for a job: Stay out of Washington. Don’t go to New York. Forget about San Francisco. If you want to make anything near a decent wage, head for Toledo, Des Moines or Birmingham. Most of the 140 million Americans over 25 who lack a bachelor’s degree face pretty dim job prospects. The median wage for workers with some college education but no four-year degree is…

Short of Workers, U.S. Builders and Farmers Crave More Immigrants

It takes Carlos Rojas two and a half to three hours to drive from his home in Stockton, Calif., to a job spreading plaster on houses going up in Campbell, on the southern rim of Silicon Valley. The trip is worth it, though. The 30-year-old immigrant from the Mexican state of Oaxaca says he makes roughly $25 an hour, depending on the job. That’s more than twice as much as Stockton’s farmworkers typically make in the fields. And his boss pays for gas. “A lot of people returned to Mexico…