Another Sad Day for American Labor. Rhetoric, campaigns, protests and op-eds, all promising to listen to the American people and most of all create jobs. In the streets there are millions of voices demanding an economy for Americans, U.S. workers and what does Congress do? Why pass more glorified offshore outsourcing and corporate tax haven deals under the guise of NAFTA like trade agreements. I kid you not. Congress passed trade treaties with South Korea, Panama and Columbia. The roll call votes for the House are here and the Senate are here. We suggest you check your representatives and if they voted yea, give them an earful. Listen to Maine Representative Michael Michaud, a Democrat, calling cash on how the American people do not want these FTAs and Obama, Congress, could care less.
Public Citizen is clearly disgusted.
With nine percent unemployment and Americans desperate for job creation, it is unconscionable that President Obama and House Republicans would push through a trio of NAFTA-style job-killing trade agreements that even the government’s own studies show will increase the U.S. trade deficit.
Below is Dylan Ratigan interviewing Senator Bernie Sanders, also clearly disgusted, on these FTAs as well as China currency bill, which is being blocked by Majority leader John Boehner in the House.
As predicted, already the South Korean press is saying this bad trade deal will allow them to flood the U.S. market with cheap autos and parts.
More amazing is it seems the Panama trade deal is all about making corporate tax havens completely out of reach legally for the United States. These votes, more than any others, tell if your representatives are bought and paid fors or have a conscience.
This is a prime example of multinational corporations controlling and dismantling America, one law at a time. Polls consistently show most Americans do not want these trade deals and EPI has yet a new study proving NAFTA, the start of all of this disaster, has cost the United States 682,900 jobs.
Despite public opposition, these three trade agreements may very well gain Congressional approval. Why? Multinational corporations, so powerful now in Washington, urgently want to further deregulate trade and investment rules. If the promises of job creation and economic growth sound familiar, they should. We heard the same rhetoric before the U.S. signed the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) and the launching of the World Trade Organization.
There were many Democrats who tried to speak out, but they were not enough. Representative Slaughter, in a soft voice, points out the insanity, along with details on how these agreements actually hurt U.S. manufacturers.
There are literally clauses in these agreements which disallow Buy American provisions as well as allow more foreign guest worker Visas while Americans go begging for a job.
Just when you think you can not be more disgusted, Congress and this administration are sure to surprise and ramp up the disgust reaction farther than one believed possible.