For almost two decades the U.S. has been living with the results of joining the World Trade Organization(WTO). The WTO is a self-serving and undemocratic organization that operates outside of our control. The U.S. Constitution states that all treaties made under the authority of the United States become supreme law of the land (Article VI). When our government signed the WTO treaty, unbeknownst to most Americans – including our legislators – our sovereignty was given away.
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Last Thursday President Obama called for a long-term investment in highway, port and other infrastructure programs during a visit to Wilmington, Delaware. Our infrastructure has been decaying for some time now. As we see bridges collapse and roads fail, we realize we must act now to rebuild and upgrade our infrastructure.
Manufacturing was always the foundation of the American economy and has been responsible for the rise of our middle class. In fact, 25% of American workers were in manufacturing in the 1960′s. However, the once global super power is now drowning in debt, dependent on imports and suffering from an outrageous unemployment rate. Whom do we have to blame? Our political figures pushing “free trade.”
For years our nation has suffered from significant income disparity. While Wall Street has recovered from the economic recession of 2008, Main Street has not. The Wal-Mart family alone is worth as much as 100 million average Americans combined. The average pay for a CEO is now $10 million in America’s large corporations.
When President Obama was elected in 2008 he promised that he would fight for trade agreements that would work for the middle class not for the 1%. He said then, “Put simply, we need tougher negotiators on our side of the table–to strike bargains that are good not just for Wall Street, but also for Main Street. And when I am President, that’s what we will do.”