The current administration’s love affair with “free trade” is snowballing. Before the dust had even settled on the new trade pacts signed in 2011 with South Korea, Panama and Colombia, President Obama initiated an intense push to join the Trans Pacific Partnership. A new agreement with the EU is also in negotiations and would mean the United States would open its economy to a large majority of the world and undermine our sovereignty. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership consists of the U.S. and the countries of the European Union currently. This “free trade” deal would undermine our ability to govern ourselves and sells out to multinational corporations.
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In Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations are equivalent to people, and thus have the same first amendment rights. Any attempt to abridge those rights (for example, the McCain-Feingold bill, which limited campaign donations) is a violation of the Constitution. This disastrous decision has paved the way for companies that care more about overseas profits than America.
China has come a long way economically. In 2012, China became the world’s largest trading nation in goods. This has moved 400 million people from poverty to the middle class. Chinese students outperform U.S. students by a far stretch. Also, China is the world’s largest auto manufacturer. This is all coming from a nation that was humiliated during the Opium wars, gone through a long and painful period of dynastic decline, civil war and a backwards economy. It is evident that China has their own plan to improve their economy whereas we in the U.S. have no plan whatsoever.
Usually, anything with the term “free” on it has a positive connotation: free cookies, free appetizer, free purse with the purchase of any item over $45, this salad dressing is fat free. However, using the example of “fat free,”when we ran some studies on supposed “fat free,” we found nasty results. Fat free use to be this great, healthy thing for our bodies and it turned out being the total opposite.