From the Arizona Conservative CARROLL COX Happy New Year, America, and Welcome to the New World Order
December 13, 2004
It wasn't a very merry Christmas for the 480 Phoenix workers whose jobs have just been outsourced to India. Phoenix is a big city, so most people won't pay much attention to the loss of 480 jobs. But when Pillowtex left Kannapolis, N.C., half the town was unemployed. Same thing when Techneglas shuttered its factory in Jenkins Township in Ohio, Electrolux in Saginaw, Mich., and in Lewiston, Pa., where Lear, Standard Steel, Mann Edge Tool, Collins Tool and Guardian Industries all closed their plants and moved offshore. The same story has been repeated time after time in countless communities across the United States of America.
Thousands of little U.S. manufacturing businesses you never heard of that supplied the Wal-Marts and the Home Depots have shut down. Wal-Mart and Home Depot now sell you stuff made offshore by workers paid $3 or $4 a day.
What great deals you get from those stores. What matter that each deal is a nail in the coffin of American industry? "There's no place else to go," one person told me. And, in many cases, that's true. How can American manufacturers that pay $20,000 to $60,000 a year compete with India and China and many other countries that pay maybe $1,000 to $10,000 a year and have few or no government restrictions?
How can you purchase many of the items you need when the places that used to sell them are gone? These days it's the big guys that can buy shiploads that make it, not the businesses that buy a case at a time. It's popular to blame the big corporations, but thatıs not the whole story.
In America, according to a 2003 study prepared for the National Association of Manufacturers, the total compliance burden of government environmental, economic, workplace and tax compliance on the economy is about $850 billion a year!
Probably most folks have no idea that 33,000 local family farmers in the United States have gone out of business since 1994. Only big farmers can handle the overhead. Today, in America, farm and ranch families that earned their living for a hundred years are now called "hobbyists" by the government. They depend on outside jobs to keep the farm or ranch afloat.
They aren't the ones being subsidized by the government, either.
1994 was the year that NAFTA went into effect under the Clinton administration. But it wouldn't have made any difference whether it was a Clinton, a Bush or a Kerry. Because they are all fans and promoters of the New World Order, the NAFTAs and the CAFTAs, the WTOs and the FTAAs, the race to the bottom that is destroying tens of millions of small businesses and farmers around the globe as local and regional economies give way to multinationals with legal and accounting departments to cope with government, and which have economy of scale buying power.
According to Dr. Joe Wolverton II, writing in New American (9/6/04), 78 percent of the NET job loss since implementation of NAFTA -- 686,700 jobs -- were in manufacturing industries. "This is the devastation wrought by an agreement between three nations. What will happen to the factories in America if the FTAA (Free Trade Area of the Americas), an agreement between 34 nations, is made law ($3 a day wages in Brazil, $1 a day in Honduras and Haiti)?
The FTAA, which the Bush administration will be pushing hard early in 2005, will force American farmers to compete with miniscule production costs in 33 developing nations that will be given an open door. For example, the elimination of tariffs on Brazilian oranges will finish wiping out Florida's citrus industry and 100,000 more jobs.
Americans have been brainwashed through the media and government that "tariffs" are a dirty word and sinful practice. Our forefathers didn't think so. Tariffs helped ensure that American producers would be employed. Plus, tariffs are how the U.S. government was set up to be funded ... in order that enterprises and families would keep the money they earned and not be destroyed by the taxes that brought down civilization after civilization throughout history.
The very first act of the first Congress under George Washington was a tariff, signed, sealed and delivered July 4, 1789. "The safety and interests of American citizens require the nation to promote the manufacturing they needed for self-sufficiency," said Washington. Otherwise they would sacrifice their independence and sovereignty. This sentiment prevailed with John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe.
There was a shift to free trade in 1912-1816, says Charles Walters in his book "The Unforgiven," when "Richard Cobden of England conjured up the fantasy that free trade could erase cultural differences, national boundary lines, and the world's disputes."
Disaster followed, with the loss of thousands of businesses, and tariffs were restored in 1824. In 1833, free trade prevailed again and a new word entered the American vocabulary -- panic! Protection returned again in 1842. Immediately, there was full employment and an improved market.
Daniel Webster had this to say about the elimination of tariffs:
"You indulge in the luxury of taxing the poor man and the laborer. That is the whole tendency, the whole character, the whole effect of the (trade) bill. One may see everywhere the desire to revel and delight in taking away man's employment. It (the elimination of tariffs) is not a bill for the people or the masses. It is not a bill to add to the comfort of those in middle life or the poor. It is not a bill for employment."
Charles Walters says Webster might as well have been speaking about the NAFTAs, the CAFTAs, the WTOs and the FTAAs.
Woodrow Wilson is the one who truly compromised the American system, says Walters -- with an income tax to replace tariffs, with a Federal Reserve to accommodate the internationalists, with a Foundations law to protect the super-rich, and with the emasculation of the Senate so that power money could do the electing -- dismantling the U.S. Constitution to a marked degree." If NAFTA is so great, and the justification for expanded trade agreements, why are so many Mexicans flooding over the borders? Here's the true story of how trade agreements, the way they are currently practiced, slide all nations downward:
According to Christopher Bollyn, writing in the American Free Press, one year after the crash of the peso in December, 1994, three-quarters of Mexican families could no longer afford the basic foods and services to keep them out of poverty. Even former President Clinton's $50 billion Mexican bailout, composed of U.S. taxpayer funds and financing from the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, was not enough to stem the flow of desperate Mexicans flooding over the U.S. border in search of livelihoods. Mexico's inflation rate rose to 51 percent in 1996, and another 20,000 small and medium-sized businesses went bankrupt. The Mexican government's own figures revealed that between 1993 and 1999 the real wages of Mexican workers declined by 21 percent and Mexicans earning the minimum wage lost 50 percent of their buying power.
As U.S. multinational-produced corn and other subsidized commodities flooded Mexico and Wal-Mart established itself all over the country, hundreds of local farmers and other businesses could not compete. They either started growing marijuana and got into the drug network or fled to the U.S. as illegal immigrants.
The government knows this.
President Bush will not be able to ignore for much longer that while the New World Order is undoubtedly creating a number of wealthy people, the percentage of the world's people becoming impoverished through the destruction of local economies is growing much faster. And while he may apply a band-aid by granting amnesty to many of the New World Order's Mexican victims, the wounds of the entire world cannot be healed by a United States beginning to feel the loss of its own jobs, industries and productive rural communities. Announcements citing "productivity growth" mask true economic conditions for the majority of people and are therefore fraudulent.
There simply aren't enough people with money in the world to buy all the goods and services created by the consolidated giants. It has been repeatedly reported that even in the U. S., half of indebted American families are not able to scrape together $1,000 in cash.
And the gap between those who have and those who don't is growing every day.
That is why Americans need to learn about what today's "free trade" really means to the foundation of the U.S. economy and tell their elected representatives to oppose the expanded trade agreements the Bush administration has on its 2005 agenda.
Let's make the holiday season of 2005-06 look more hopeful for old-fashioned American enterprise than this year's economic scene.
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