Often the terms “free trade” and “fair trade” are used interchangeably. However, they mean two completely different things. “Free trade” means unrestricted, uncontrolled access to our economy, tariff- and duty-free, for goods made for $4-per-hour or less. We cannot compete with these wages so we are forced to choose between going bankrupt, outsourcing nearly all of our manufacturing or simply selling out.
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Amidst all the talk of the budget deficit, national debt and lingering joblessness, another important issue demands attention: food safety. In 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that roughly 48 million people suffered from food-borne illnesses each year in the United States. According to the CDC, 48.7 million Americans contracted a food-borne illness in 2011. Of those, 127,839 were hospitalized and 3,037 died.
It’s no secret the United States has alarming trade deficits with a number of countries, but with no country on Earth is our trade more unbalanced than with China. Back in 2013, our trade deficit with the Chinese was $318 billion. This is even more devastating when you take into account our debt owed to China, which is well over $1 trillion dollars.
Our present condition is undeniable proof that we were in a trade war and lost, which has put us on the path to colonialism. We will be controlled and managed by our economy’s conquerors. The proof that we are descending quickly is evidenced by our massive debts to our new conquerors and the ownership of a huge percentage of our companies.
The United States is increasingly at the mercy of ideologues who will hear no dissent against their ideas. The American system of government is meant to foster debate, but there are few politicians who are willing to stand up against certain ideas presented as indisputable fact. Among these is the idea that free and unregulated markets must be maintained at all costs, that “free trade” must be pursued at every turn, allegedly for the greater good.