Looking back at the year 2013, 631 people became ill due to veggies and cilantro coming from Mexico. These veggies landed in grocery stores across the U.S. and onto our dinner plates infected with cyclospora. In addition, 84 people became ill due to cucumbers containing salmonella coming from Mexico. How is it possible that we aren’t filtering these vegetables out?
Tag Archives: NAFTA
When NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) was passed, many people feared the worst. The results have indeed been disastrous for the U.S. Economy:
- The trade deficit with Mexico has exploded
- Mexican wages remain nearly as low as they were prior to NAFTA and are still a small fraction of our average wages
- Wealth and power has not filtered to the people. Most of Mexico is still controlled by less than 100 corporations in Mexico
- Many of our other trading partners have relocated facilities to Mexico to circumvent other trade agreements with the U.S.
- American manufacturing has lost 1 million jobs in the past 20 years as U.S. companies have also moved to Mexico for lower wages and lax regulation
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch and House Ways and Means Committee Member Paul Ryan both had hearings separately last week in their respective houses to put together the priorities for the disastrous Trade Promotion Authority or Fast Track bill coming out in February. Fast Track is an unconstitutional grant of power to the presidency which nearly cuts Congress out of trade negotiations, allowing the president to effectively legislate from the executive branch. Here are seven reasons why Fast Track cannot pass!
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.