Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Free Trade - How has that Worked Out?

Free Trade Destroying American Workers
By Frosty Wooldridge
June 20, 2011
You have to wonder what 535 Congress critters do all day other than “sex-texting” pictures to their constituents. Thankfully, the latest pervert of Weiner-gate resigned to give us all a breath of fresh air.
The question remains as to how so many in power can be so completely morally bankrupt—and still show their faces in public. Cheating on your wife is no different than cheating on your country. In the case of cheating on your wife, you cheat her and your family and you disillusion your entire family from your lack of integrity, character and honesty.
You’ve seen how Tiger Woods destroyed his family. You watched Bill Clinton destroy his legacy. You saw how Eliot Spitzer, Senator Lee, Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Edwards and more to come have and will wreck their lives.
But when a Congress critter cheats or lies or misrepresents, it affects millions of Americans as to jobs, lives, communities and our country.
Unfortunately, Congress cheats on American citizens everyday they are in session. They lie, carry on bogus
wars and cheat every taxpayer 24/7. The two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan constitute a 10 year nightmare of death, destruction, financial rat hole, arrogance and sheer stupidity. The War on Drugs is a 40 year farce. Foreign aid is absurd. TSA pats down gray-haired old ladies to make sure they don’t create a problem on a flight while Congress leaves the borders wide open 24/7 for any terrorists to inject himself and his intentions into America. Congress allows 10 million illegal aliens to maintain full time jobs by not enforcing employment laws while it watches 14 million Americans out of work. We’re up to our eyeballs in debt, but neither party will make rational, logical and realistic decisions to employ our citizens. We suffer $700 billion annually in trade debt, but Congress won’t create manufacturing jobs for Americans, but it keeps China’s factories humming.
“No man’s life, liberty or property is safe while the legislature is in session,” purportedly said by Mark Twain.
All 535 critters cheat the American worker with “Free Trade” because it’s killing our standard of living and quality of life. They flood us with 200,000 legal immigrants every 30 days while 15 million of us stand in unemployment lines and food stamp lines.
Barry McKenna, president of Mckenna Service Company, Mundelein, Illinois spoke to me about his take on Congress:
“Most of our miss-Representatives in Washington DC suffer from “Potomac Fever,” McKenna said. “The special interests & the greedy have bought and paid for these guys 1,000 times over.
The Nation is in a financial ''meltdown'' and all these imbeciles are worried about is their image, and seeking ''re-election'' campaign ''bribes.”
“Their focus is about whether to place a “cap” on how much more money we can waste on government programs that do not work versus real issues that will both balance our budget and create jobs, which create taxes, which will balance the budget:
1- Bring all our troops home from ''everywhere'' (Save two Billion DOLLARS per week.)
2- Drill Baby Drill... (Eliminate our dependency on foreign oil and at the same time create 100,000 new jobs)
3- Lessen the over-reach on American business by ''OSHA & the EPA (this will help us be more competitive in the ''world'' markets)
4- Cancel our NAFTA agreements. (I can still hear that sucking sound of American Jobs going especially to Mexico)
5- Place a dollar cap on the amount of goods China can import to the USA. and/or make the playing field more equal by using the dollar for dollar theory. For every dollar China exports to the USA, they must accept an equal dollar amount of American goods exported from the USA to China. This will create the 20,000,000 jobs we lost to China and generate both new taxes but also get this stalled economy moving again. And just think we didn’t have to spend one single dime extra of taxpayer money to accomplish this!
To my readers, does this make common sense? You betcha! It makes sense and it is SO easily manifest by responsible congressmen and women representing you and me as U.S. citizens. However, they have been representing moneyed interests for so long; they think their corruption and lying are normal.
“Some sobering information,” said McKenna. “Most of us in the manufacturing sector are living this day to day and have been preaching about it as well. “Trying to get Washington to listen is impossible. We know because most of us have written countless letters, visited our Reps and Congress people, invited them to our plants, sent them studies like the ones sited here, and even traveled to DC to plead our case (America's case).
“But, all of the above has been to no avail! Can these Representatives be that "stupid"? One really has to wonder. How can anyone with a pulse not read this type of hard data and not see what is going on and then look around them.
“How can they not see the damaging effects of making everything someplace else? Shame on the multinational corps and their self interests! Shame on Washington! Many in the U.S. are nearly killing themselves trying to compete and the whole time our own government is working against us.
“If I had my way, they'd all be tried for treason.”
I echo Mr. McKenna’s feelings. I also call for term limits for all of Congress. We don’t need the same John McCain’s (AZ) and Chucky Schumer’s (NY) in office from the day they hit Washington DC until the day they die. We need men and women with fresh ideas and minds who represent America’s best interests and not China’s or Mexico’s or every other country in the world but ours and our citizens.
Globalization is Killing Canada: Fight for Your Freedom
by Paul Hellyer
March 2011
Is Canada worth saving? Is democracy worth saving? These are the two fundamental questions we must address now - before it is too late. Canadian values are disappearing rapidly as we lose our independence and our sovereignty. The country is being dismantled after more than a century of nation building. We are losing control of our most important industries. As we give up domestic ownership of our assets, we lose the most exciting and challenging jobs, which too often move to the new corporate headquarters outside Canada - and young people who want those jobs must follow. It's part of the brain drain. In effect, Canada has become a victim of "Globalization". We are told this process is both inevitable and good. It is only inevitable if we let it happen. It is only good for two to five percent of the world's richest and most powerful people. It is bad for the vast majority.
I should make a distinction between those areas where global cooperation is both good and essential, and those areas where it is harmful. We must cooperate globally to protect our oceans, the ozone layer and prevent Global Warming. International cooperation is also required to protect endangered species, fight international crime and in other areas of mutual concern. What we have to stop is the relentless drive on the part of multinational corporations and international banks - centred largely in the five big powers - to take over governance of the world for their own benefit.
The Canada - U.S. Free Trade Agreement
The "Globalization" process got a rocket-assisted boost with the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (FTA). Canadians were led to believe that this was a trade agreement. When I read it, I found, to my dismay, that it was primarily an investment agreement. Sure it called for reductions in tariffs, but this was already happening under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). The most important parts of the FTA were about investment. The Americans wanted our industries and resources - especially energy and water. They also wanted our land. Instead of Canada being open for business again, as Prime Minister Brian Mulroney proudly boasted, it was up for sale.
Mr. Mulroney allowed the Americans to insert a "national treatment" clause which was a new concept in international law that gave U.S. investors the same rights in Canada as Canadian citizens. I think this is wrong in principle! Where is the value of citizenship if foreign investors have the same rights? In fact, the "national treatment" clause gave American investors the right to invest in Canada without conditions and without limits. We can no longer say "You can't buy more than 50% of our forest industry or oil and gas reserves" - because the treaty says they can own all our reserves. The same rule applies to our best farmland. With the FTA, Brian Mulroney accomplished two things: He virtually guaranteed the demise of Canada as a nation state, and he allowed the conquest of Canada by America. The conquest is still tentative, perhaps, for about two more years. Then we will reach the point of no return after which annexation by the United States will become inevitable. I am concerned that several hundred years of experiment in popular democracy is coming to an end because globalization is really a code word for corporate rule and colonization.
NAFTA - Canada is being sued
When we signed the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), we granted U.S. and Mexican investors greater rights in Canada than Canadian citizens enjoy. Chapter 11, the disputes settlement chapter, allows foreign investors to sue if our governments - federal, provincial or municipal - pass any law or regulation that affect their corporate profits or potential profits. And we are being sued. The first suit was the celebrated Ethyl case. When the Canadian parliament passed a law prohibiting the importation and distribution of MMT, a manganese-based gasoline additive in Canada, the U.S. Ethyl Corporation sued the government of Canada. The government settled out of court for $20 million in legal costs and agreed to repeal the law. So who is running Canada when a foreign corporation can dictate to the Canadian parliament? Equally bad, the settlement agreement required two Canadian cabinet ministers to read statements to the effect that MMT was not harmful either to the environment or to health at the very moment that the latest scientific evidence suggested that it may indeed be injurious to the health, especially of children. There are other cases pending. The Sun Belt Water Corporation of California is suing for $1.5-$10.5 billion because we won't let it sell our water. Pope & Talbot Inc., a U.S. forest company is suing for $500 million. These suits are just the tip of the iceberg.