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"NAFTA" The beginning of the End...

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posted on Aug, 3 2007 @ 05:27 PM
Well let us all first familurize ourselves again with North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and it's byproducts.

The agreement was initially pursued by conservative governments in the United States and Canada supportive of free trade, led by Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, U.S. President George H. W. Bush, and the Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari. The three-nation NAFTA was signed on 17 December 1992, pending its ratification by the legislatures of the three countries. There was considerable opposition in all three countries, but in the United States it was able to secure passage after Bill Clinton made its passage a major legislative initiative in 1993. During his presidential campaign he had promised to review the agreement, which he considered inadequate. Since the agreement had been signed by Bush under his fast-track prerogative, Clinton did not alter the original agreement, but complemented it with the aforementioned NAAEC and NAALC. After intense political debate and the negotiation of these side agreements, the U.S. House passed NAFTA by 234-200 (132 Republicans and 102 Democrats voting in favor, 156 Democrats, 43 Republicans, and 1 independent against).[2] and the U.S. Senate passed it by 61-38[3] Finally, Clinton sanctioned the ratification in November of 1993.

If you noticed that the Bill was originally signed by BUSH Sr. in 1992. Hold that thought...

What were the benifits that the conservative governments advocated?

NAFTA demonstrates the benefits trade can bring to all countries. When NAFTA was implemented 10 years ago, it created the world’s largest free trade area, which now links 426 million people in an area which produces more than $12 trillion worth of goods and services. During the past decade, NAFTA partners have been conducting business within a framework that is extremely open, governed by clear rules and accessible enforcement mechanisms, with the goal of greater economic integration and cooperation. Some examples of NAFTA’s success:


● All member economies have grown significantly from 1993-2003:
· United States: 38% economic growth
· Canada: 30.9% growth
· Mexico: 30% growth

● U.S. exports to Canada and Mexico grew from US$134.3 billion (US$46.5 billion to Mexico and US$87.8 billion to Canada) to US$250.6 billion (US$105.4 and US$145.3 billion respectively).

● Mexican exports to the United States reached over US$138 billion, while Mexican exports to Canada grew from US$2.7 billion to US$8.7 billion, an increase of almost 227%.

● Canada’s exports to its NAFTA partners increased by 104% in value.

Of course Mexico's econmy will grow, we are building our factories there and using their citizens.

Now these numbers seem to be indicative of success, although I feel that the Americans are going to be continue getting the harsher shaft by the corporate elitists that lobbied to pass this bill.

It is obvious that the idea for cheaper labor originated long before NAFTA, but I certainly believe that NAFTA has enabled the deconstruction of our nations stability, in terms of job security and longevity. These corporate jobs that are leaving the USA were the kind of jobs that our nation was built on. Big, reliable companies that entire cities & towns could form around.

My Step-father worked at GM in Ohio for 36 years. When he started 8,000 employees were there. He retired five years ago with 800 at the plant. His old job is now in Mexico.

What happens when a company finds a way to pay their 10,000 emplyees .75 cents an hour instead of 14 plus benifits? LOTS OF PROFIT.

Corporations made mistakes, now NAFTA can fix them at the sacrifice of National Pride.

Anyone remember... BUY AMERICAN? The Unions back in the day are the ones who advocated such slogans. Why? Because they knew what would happen if this ideology was not adopted by the american people, their jobs would vanish.

Jane Slaughter: There is a movement that says we should try to keep our economic interactions closer to home, both to avoid spending so much on transportation and to encourage community. But you see "Buy American" as different. What’s the logic behind "Buy American"?

Dana Frank: When we think about Buy American campaigns, we need to think about "What’s the goal we’re trying to achieve?" The economic logic seems clear: we buy goods made in the U.S., and then the manufacturers will take the money they make from that and reinvest it in the U.S. And union folks, especially, want that to be reinvested in good union jobs. We’re trying to create some kind of national community, and we’re trying to say, "We want good jobs to be sustained within the U.S."


So what we are witnessing is Good American Jobs leaving. Stable jobs, so that corporations can make more bottom line.

Why are we standing for this? We decide what we buy, no?

I also can compromise, if we continue this path, let us see all those corporate retreators get taxed heavenly for their treason to the American People. Yes, I mean treason.

To the board, what are your thoughts about this Cause & Effect?


posted on Aug, 3 2007 @ 09:58 PM
NAFTA as a small part of a more broad plan to integrate the United States, Canada, and Mexico into one nation. The goal being to create total interdependance so a merger happens whether the people approve or not.

Take a look at European Union. France and Denmark rejected the European Constitution yet it stopped nothing.

Take a look at NAFTA part 2, also known as SPP. It further integrates the 3 nations. By the time people wake up and discover whats happening, it will be too late. The nearly total media blackout (only Lou Dobbs covers this subject) keeps us in the dark. Mention a North American Union to anyone on the street and you'll get puzzled looks or the "conspiracy nut" charge.

The politicians are no help. Most sold their soul long ago. Rudy Guliani has stock interest in the company thats building the NAFTA Superhighway. A reporter tried questioning Guliani about this and was promptly arrested.

Im rather frightened about the path we are leading down. And the worse part is nobody seems to even know

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