Many people from other countries view America as the land of opportunity. Families in need travel from afar and go through rigorous journeys in order to reach freedom from persecution, freedom of speech, and freedom to work. People are told that the streets are made of gold and that a life here is lived abundantly.
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“Free Trade” is a Disaster! When will we wake up to the realization that some of the agreements we have signed—most specifically our agreement with the World Trade Organization (WTO) and our agreement with Canada and Mexico, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)—are preventing us from doing what is in our best interests? Currently, we are being controlled and directed–told what to do–by other nations, for their benefit and to our detriment. Our current direction in so-called “free trade” is not just hurting us–it is destroying us.
Detroit was once a manufacturing giant—the 4th largest city in the United States, with a high employment rate and brimming with blue collar jobs. Now its unemployment rate hovers above 16 percent, and its population has shrunk so now it is only the 18th largest city. This quick erosion of the tax base has left Detroit with $18 billion in debt and no hope of recovery in sight. This caused the city of Detroit to declare bankruptcy.
President Obama promised 5 million green jobs during his presidential campaign in 2008. Not only did he fall short by a long way, but in fact we’ve lost hundreds of manufacturing companies, with thousands of employees laid off. During his 2012 re-election campaign, President Obama promised jobs again, this time promising 1 million manufacturing jobs which he has yet to come close to fulfilling. He has only added a little over 189,000 manufacturing jobs. With so little being made in the United States compared to decades ago, we must now, more than ever, join together and buy American made products.
The United States is facing economic disaster on a scale few nations have ever experienced. Most people are unaware of the easily observable signs of this emerging crisis. While we persist in our superpower mentality, we have quietly become a second-class country.