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Nuclear & Jobs Trade Agreement Favors India (moved from ATSNN)

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posted on Mar, 7 2006 @ 09:46 PM
During President Bush's visit to India March 1-3, he ruled out protectionism as a means to check the adverse effects of outsourcing US jobs to India. Additional US jobs aren't the only thing that will be moving to India (in exchange for mangoes). The trade agreement calls for uranium, nuclear technology, and other nuclear materials to meet demand for India's weapons program.
“The Indian leaders and press are crowing about their victory over the United States. For good reason: President Bush has done what Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and his own father refused to do - break US and international law to aid India's nuclear-weapons program. In 1974, India cheated on its agreements with the United States and other nations to do what Iran is accused of doing now: using a peaceful nuclear energy program to build a nuclear bomb. India used plutonium produced in a Canadian-supplied reactor to detonate a bomb it then called a "peaceful nuclear device". In response, president Richard Nixon and Congress stiffened US laws and Nixon organized the Nuclear Suppliers Group to prevent any other nation from following India's example.

Buffeted by political turmoil at home, US President George W Bush sought a foreign-affairs victory in India. To clinch a nuclear-weapons deal, Bush had to give in to demands from the Indian nuclear lobby to exempt large portions of the country's nuclear infrastructure from international inspection.

The trade deal endorses and assists India's nuclear-weapons program. US-supplied uranium fuel would free up India's limited uranium reserves for fuel that otherwise would be burned in these reactors to make nuclear weapons. This would allow India to increase its production from the estimated six to 10 additional nuclear bombs per year to several dozen a year. India today has enough separated plutonium for 75-110 nuclear weapons, though it is not known how many it has actually produced.“

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Many issues are raised by this mangoes trade agreement. The most contentious is the pending violation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (enhancing another country's weapons program). The promise to increase the off-shoring of jobs from US workers to India comes at a time when "replacement jobs" are rare or do not exists. Low pay, low skilled alternatives for unemployed IT workers become less of an option in light of hiring preference going to 12 million illegal aliens. Just as job loss is the product of off-shoring, raising the H-1B visa cap will increase the "collateral damage" effects on US IT workers in the form of layoffs, age discrimination, "knowledge transfers," and diminished opportunities for US college graduates. The president failed to consider that for every US IT worker who is terminated for the sake of either off-shoring or H-1B visa workers, the terminated US worker's entire family is placed into economic peril.

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