Today, Congress passed the Free Trade agreement with Colombia, South Korea, and Panama. I believe this is one of the greatest things we could do to encourage an economic recovery (but I wished we could have included Brazil, maybe next time). When Clinton passed NAFTA, there were people who noted some businesses left to go to Mexico, but the economic data showed that two major things happened, manufacturing output increased while decreasing jobs (there were several factors in this). That made goods less expensive, created more higher paying jobs, and and ultimately caused the boom in our country in the 90's. That was the biggest single economic bill enacted by Clinton, and it worked as all economists predicted. This bill is not that big, but it can be huge. If we can reign in debt, balance the budget, hold the line on taxes, cut regulations and form an alliance with Brazil, we will grow our economy like we did in the 90's. If we scare businesses away, we may be hurt. My fear is that the Dem's or Rep's will do something stupid like input money to create another bubble, try to stop natural corrections, or begin punishing winners while choosing which losers should win. Yet, this is the best economic news I have heard in years.