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One Reporter's Opinion @ 'NADA' to CAFTA

Thursday, 28 April 2005 12:00 AM

Sir James, speaking before our own Senate Commerce Committee hearings on Nov. 15, 1994, stated that NAFTA, GATT, WTO and the New World Order were the "most destructive proposal presented to the American people." He based his statement on the experience of Europe – loss of jobs, unemployment and a host of other attendant problems. But we wouldn't listen.

A few critics argued that NAFTA would be bad for U.S. workers. Others said it would hurt Mexican workers. But they were shouted down by the proponents, who optimistically predicted that a rising tide of profits and productivity would result. Look at the results today – north and south – and you'll see that the benefits of NAFTA add up to NADA. But the globalists will not give up.

On July 18, 1993, Council on Foreign Relations member and trilateralist Henry Kissinger wrote: "With NAFTA, the U.S. creates a New World Order. What Congress has before it is not a conventional trade agreement but the architecture of a new international system. The trade agreement with Mexico is the vital first step for a new kind of community of nations, a first step toward THE NEW WORLD ORDER."

There you have it! In their own words: NAFTA is an important step in the globalists' plan for a New World Order.

Now here we come with the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA). President Bush is obsessively pushing for CAFTA as an enlargement of the ill-fated NAFTA. And now President Bush is urging Hispanics to support CAFTA.

In a warning from my friend Rob Sanchez in the "Job Destruction Newsletter" (April 2005), he states that Bush is appealing to the Hispanic businessmen, the rich ruling elite of Mexico. Sanchez warns: "NAFTA is a very bad deal, especially for Mexican farmers. ... NAFTA was partly responsible for the massive economic problems in Mexico that has left their impoverished farmers with no choice but to sneak across our border in order to survive."

He believes Bush is unlikely to convince rank-and-file Hispanics to support CAFTA because so many of them are victims of NAFTA.

But Bush's public relations ploy is a deliberate attempt to shift attention away from the ones who will support CAFTA (the wealthy families who control almost all of the wealth in Latin America, along with the multinational corporations that want to exploit Central America's chief labor pool).

To find out how NAFTA fuels the illegal invasion from Mexico, there's no better authority than Philip Martin at the University of California, Davis. He says: "CAFTA is a danger to our nation. If Congress approves CAFTA, we will not only suffer massive job loss, our sovereignty will be threatened."

NewsWeek Editor Fareed Zakaria explains why: "Unlike the United Nations, the WTO can actually require that a country change its laws, regulations and precedents – not simply national laws but often state and local laws – that its rulings on disputes between nations are binding. It is undemocratic and filled with technicrats."

Surprisingly, most members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and others in the Hispanic community are either against or appear to be leaning against CAFTA. "There are great concerns about how it will affect the Latino community," says Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-Calif., chairwoman of the 21-member caucus. Napolitano says she would vote against CAFTA.

The administration would need at least 20 House Democratic votes to pass the measure and faces some opposition from Republicans worried about provisions related to sugar and textiles. Democrats cite labor-related concerns. Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., a member of the caucus, has said, "CAFTA does little to protect workers' rights, including the right to organize and collective bargaining." He says that CAFTA would leave Central Americans vulnerable to exploitation and drive down wages.

Napolitano's and Becerra's concerns are echoed elsewhere. But Bush is obsessively pushing for CAFTA, an enlargement of the ill-fated NAFTA, and the president is determined to press for a plan that would extend amnesty to a million Mexican agricultural workers in the U.S., his totalization agreement plan that would extend Social Security benefits to Mexican workers, and his determination to reform Social Security – all but ignoring our own No. 1 crisis: Medicare (with 50 million Americans struggling without health protection).

David Bacon, a labor journalist and author of "The Children of NAFTA," says: "The Bush administration, not satisfied with the current economic chaos under NAFTA, now hopes to establish a free trade area in the Americas, which would export NAFTA's principles to Central and South America and the Caribbean. But Bush may be in trouble. He has found, in dealing with the trade ministers of Brazil, Ecuador, Argentina, and Venezuela, they are not willing to repeat our experiences with Mexico and follow NAFTA's path to mass unemployment and poverty."

Has the president forgotten this nation's real priorities? As I said before, concerning NAFTA and CAFTA, we should have listened to Sir James Goldsmith. As for CAFTA and NAFTA – a great big NADA!

Bacon, David. "The Children of NAFTA: Labor Wars on the US/Mexico Border," University of California Press (February 23, 2004)

Grigg, William Norman. "CAFTA implications for our Nation," http://www.stopcafta.com

Martin, Philip. "Mexico-US Migration," http://www.iie.com/publications/papers/nafta-migration.pdf

Martin, Philip. "Trade and Migration: NAFTA and Agriculture," http://bookstore.iie.com/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=73

Sanchez, Rob. "Job Destruction Newsletter," April 21, 2005, No. 1238, http://www.zazona.com/contacts.htm

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