While our leaders continue to gamble away our jobs with harmful “free trade” agreements that benefit the elite 1 percent, the American public is seemingly content to do nothing to stop the slaughter of our economy.
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Not only has “free trade” led to the largest transfer of wealth in the history of the world, but trillions of American dollars have been lost due to the removal of tariffs, resulting in trade deficits. Additionally, “free trade” agreements are nearly impossible to enforce because they assume that every participating country will play by the same rules. This is seldom the case.
President Obama has his sights on Asia, where his administration is hoping to pursue yet another misguided “free trade” pact that will dwarf anything we have seen in the past. This president has been adept at building good will around the world, but these efforts have not translated into economic successes at home.
Last year was a bad year for food imports. From poisonous dog treats from China to tainted fish from Vietnam, thousands of Americans fell ill from imported goods coming from countries with lower food safety standards than ours. The Department of Agriculture just released a summary of the meat and poultry recalls issued in 2014 and the numbers are shocking. In 2014, more than 2.5 millions pounds of beef and poultry were recalled due to contamination. When you take in consideration that the USDA cut back meat inspections in 2013, we start to wonder how much meat went on our grocery store shelves without inspection.