Still Clueless, Leaderless and Out of Control
It is obvious that our economy is sinking. If we do not make immediate changes we will be so far off course that we will not be able to prevent another disaster like the job crisis we are experiencing now, or the economic crisis seen in 2008.
We produce less and less each year and import more and more. The only thing curbing our ever increasing trade deficit is the lack of jobs – no one has money to buy anything!
But our trade deficit still worsens in relation to the trade surplus of countries like China. In 2009, China had a surplus of $296 billion. Their surplus means that our money is leaving the U.S. and benefiting the Chinese, while we remain jobless.
America has forgotten where we came from. Our nation was born in a trade war, not a tax war. England was taking our raw materials and selling us finished goods. They got the wealth, we got the leftovers. We fought back to become an industrial nation.
Today we are no longer in control. We are run by our treaties, not our Constitution. The two biggest trade problems we face are not England or China, but the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
The WTO is a powerful self-serving organization, operating without concern for what is in our best interest. The bylaws of the organization supersede our own Constitution, which is a total contradiction to the intent of our Constitution.
The U.S. Constitution states that all treaties made under the authority of the United States become supreme law of the land. Our government, under pressure from foreign paid lobbyists, mistakenly invited the WTO to rule over us when we signed the treaty. Now we have no choice but to conform our laws, regulation and administrative procedures to the agreement, instead of to our own Constitution.
NAFTA has rendered us uncompetitive in the world economy, has destroyed our industrial base, caused us to outsource most of our production, and killed most of our manufacturing jobs. American workers are now forced to compete directly with Mexican workers who, on average, make just $3 per hour. Their American counterparts make $18 per hour.
Why would any manufacturer want to produce here in America and pay $18-20 per hour when the same product can be produced across the border in Mexico for just $3 per hour and then shipped back to the U.S. duty and restriction free?
We MUST rid ourselves of these strangling entanglements if we are ever to attain successes similar to those in our past. If we cannot do what is in the best interest of our nation, who are we working for? Why would our leaders do this to us?
In 2008 we voted against the Bush administration’s policies only to replace them with more debt and foreign entanglement. Now in 2012 the American people are speaking up again, but who did we vote in but the very party that was in power when our economy really started to collapse?
Regardless of which party we put in power, we are still clueless, leaderless and out of control. As long as our hands are tied by these treaties, we will never get back on a strong, positive economic course.