As families begin to round up recipes for the Thanksgiving dinner this month, don’t forget to look twice on the label to see where exactly your food and ingredients are coming from. From shrimp cocktail to honey glazed ham, these foods prepared for special holiday meals can turn your festivities from loving to deathly. We have heard month after month of unchecked food coming into our borders from countries that have lower safety standards than we do. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control estimates that 48 million people get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die from food borne diseases. Pair that with the fact that less than 2 percent of our imported seafood is actually inspected and we have a recipe for disaster.
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Leaders from first world countries are warning of a possible global downturn if the worrying trends continue. Our nation is headed toward a recession and there is little denying this. The recovery has not been as strong as it should have been because the middle class has never recovered. The little wealth that has been gained has been gained by the one percent. This means that because 70 percent of our economy is now consumer spending, Americans are spending less. Our nation is sinking further into debt to try to cope, but this can only last so long.
What is causing our lack of growth? The answer is simple- failed trade policies including “free trade” agreements, such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), have stripped our economy of middle class jobs in manufacturing leaving us with only service jobs, which have made up the vast majority of growth in the employment in the last few years.
“Free trade” is uncontrolled, unrestricted access to our economy, tariff- and duty-free, for goods made in foreign lands for $4 per hour or less. We cannot compete with these wages, so our manufacturers are forced to close up, sell out or leave the country.
Since we implemented NAFTA and the WTO, we have lost 5 million manufacturing jobs. The losses have not just been in manufacturing though and as these jobs leave unemployment has soared. When we include the long term unemployed and those who are working part time and want full time work, the unemployment rate is around 12 percent. Wages for the bottom 80 percent of Americans have stagnated or declined in the last five years. We cannot continue along these lines and expect our economy to fully recover.
This cannot continue if we want to survive as a nation. We allow other countries to use manipulative trade practices and send cheap goods here, many of which have been found to contain harmful contaminates. They then buy up our best companies and ship manufacturing jobs overseas.
Why aren’t we hearing the truth about our economy? Because the mainstream media is owned by 6 major multinational companies who have a vested interest in keeping these policies in force.
We must act now to restore our nation. To start:
- We must halt the sale of key assets to foreign entities.
- We must close opportunities for foreign corporations to compete unfairly against our home industries.
- We should institute policies to cut back our consumption, and particularly consumption of imported products including implementing a border consumption tax.
- We should look to the way other nations have established industrial superiority over us and try to copy their best policies.
- We should not allow individuals and companies to profit by selling out the Unites States.
- We must get out of the WTO and all “free trade” agreements
Wake up America! We must act now to restore the American dream. Contact your Congressional Representative and tell them about these solutions to restore America.
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We are just a week away from Thanksgiving Day and a little over a month away from the Holidays. With all of the joy and warmth that this time of the year brings us, we tend to have our guards down when it comes to food. We want our guests and loved ones to have their bellies full of delicious and savory dishes, with typically the main dish being turkey. However a bird flu outbreak has hit duck and turkey breeding farms in the UK which has been traced back to poultry coming from Asia. The United States imports about 3.8 billion pounds of meat and poultry a year from other countries, of which some contain lower food safety standards than we do. This holiday keep your family and loved ones safe by checking where your meats and vegetables are coming from in order to prevent a disaster.
The fear of obtaining Ebola caused quite a hubbub in the United States. However, what should actually be spreading more fear is the amount of people getting ill and dying from foodborne illnesses every single year. We now have to take a second look at the food we buy from grocery stores and we must pay close attention to food recalls due to the fact that imported food is simply not properly inspected.
After World War II, America was on the rise. The Axis powers of Germany, Italy and Japan were defeated. It was time to rebuild. To tighten ties with our allies and help rebuild Europe, new global organizations were created to unite against the perceived next threat to democracy: communism. Thus were the Bretton Woods institutions, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, born.