Letter to the editor: Trading was accomplished without all these agreements
Remember the 1993 promises that the “trade” agreement, North American Free Trade Agreement, would boost U.S. exports, prosperity and jobs? And Ross Perot saying NAFTA would create a great “sucking sound” of jobs and industry leaving?
We had a $1.66 billion trade surplus with Mexico in 1993; now we have annual deficits of more than $60 billion. We imported 225,000 cars/trucks a year from Mexico; now, it is 1.4 million. And the “big three” transferred production to Mexico.
To protest NAFTA decisions, Americans must go to global “NAFTA tribunals,” not American courts.
All through 2013, we have been negotiating the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with European Union countries. Trade Representative Michael Froman said one purpose is “... to establish and enforce international norms and standards that will help inform and strengthen the multilateral, rules-based trading system.” It is like NAFTA on steroids!
The European Union started as a “trade agreement” that has transformed European countries into a federation ruled by unelected bureaucrats in Brussels, Belgium, who dictate regulations in all areas of citizens’ lives in member countries.
A Trans-Pacific Partnership is also under negotiation, but Japan is having second thoughts.
In 1796 George Washington said: “It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world.” Trade agreements have evolved into heavily regulated trade among governments and enforced by unaccountable regional entities. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership would make us a partner of the European Union.
Trading was freely accomplished before these agreements. Tell your U.S. senators and representatives you don’t want President Barack Obama’s Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and Trans-Pacific Partnership. This can easily be done online.
What if they help “trade” as much as Obamacare is helping “health?”