A fair trade relationship between countries is something to be desired. Each country can take advantage of its relative strengths and both countries grow economically. An unfair trade relationship, however, can be as destructive as the fair one is healthy, and can lead to the decline of a civilization. This latter case is precisely the malaise afflicting America. Just look at our relationship with China as an illustration.
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Nike Inc, one of the most famous brands of shoes has come out in favor of the Trans Pacific Partnership saying that it will bring thousands of jobs to the U.S. However, the Wall Street Journal questions the validity of Nike’s claim and states that it is unclear on how lowering tariffs on imports into the U.S. would help Nike boost jobs in the country.
“Free trade” has essentially led to the most massive wealth transfer in the history of the world. The United States has not witnessed a trade surplus since 1975, and since then trillions of dollars have been lost through trade deficits caused by “free trade” on our end and protectionism on the other. The most significant flaw with all of our “free trade” agreements is that they are impossible to enforce, and because of this competition is impossible. “Free trade” depends on the premise that all countries will play by the same rules. However, in the real world, assuring that this occurs is incredibly expensive, time-consuming and inefficient to contest.
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.
Trade Deficit: The means through which foreign countries are able to amass the funds to buy out American companies and industries. Trade deficits are just like other debts in many respects. They must be repaid. When our country buys more than it sells from other countries, these other countries accept our dollars. These dollars must eventually return to the U.S. and be exchanged for something of value. Since we are producing less and less, in all likelihood, the trillions of dollars will come back to buy our assets and wealth producing companies. This has resulted in many of our core industries now being controlled and managed for the benefit of foreign companies and countries.