Unfortunately for us, many of our “free trade” agreements have resulted in closed factories, soaring unemployment, and some communities engulfed in misery.
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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.
Our nation loses 14 manufacturing plants per day and has lost over one-third of its manufacturing jobs over the last dozen years. The United States used to be a wealthy country, not one buried in debt. We accumulated abundance through most of the twentieth century, as we were a very productive country whose wealth derived to a great extent from manufacturing. Our companies invented and produced many of the things we needed and much of what the rest of the world needed.
America was once a prosperous country that was looked upon with envy by foreign nations. In the 1950s our economy was strong and the future looked promising. Our infrastructure was expanding and industrial production was booming. Clearly, we were on the right path. In the past, we produced over 90% of the goods we consumed. Our survival depended solely on the strength of our citizens—the way it should be.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a “free trade” agreement that, if passed, would unite the economies of Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam, Mexico, Canada, Japan and the United States. The trade negotiators from these countries meet secretively behind closed doors to continue their work on drafting the terms of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP). Little has been revealed about what is discussed during the closed-door meetings, other than the fact that the lobbyists and government representatives want to “accelerate” the trade negotiations. When it is finalized, the consequences for the United States will be disastrous. Below are six reasons how the TPP affects you.