Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Central American Free Trade Agreement

I see there are more articles on the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) showing up in the print media. I take that to mean that the push is on to get the next big job give away passed and the supporters of free trade are afraid that United States citizens aren't going to take it very well. I read one article that said it took President Bush less than three months to push separate trade deals with Australia, Chile, Morocco and Singapore, but the biggest one CAFTA has been lingering for a year. I think they might have slipped some of those agreements past the public while everyone was reading about the War in Iraq. At one time it was predicted that Congress would vote on CAFTA in May, now supporters are saying the vote will come in late June or early July. Another article on CAFTA said that the agreement was patterned after the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Well we have had plenty of time to see how well NAFTA worked now. It was a real good deal if you had a factory you wanted to move out of the country so you could save money on the cost of labor. What made the deal even better was the idea of shipping your product into the United States tariff free and selling it for more than you sold it for when it was made in the United States. You can get information on CAFTA, and how to stop it at, http://www.stopcafta.org/ . If CAFTA is passed we'll have six new free trade partners, so you can multiply the number of jobs lost to NAFTA by about five or six to get some kind of an idea about what CAFTA will cost the United States work force. I hope you will contact your elected officials and urge them to oppose CAFTA.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

6 Comments:

Blogger John said...

Uh, just how many jobs did NAFTA lose us?

7:48 AM  
Blogger David Schantz said...

John,
The last year the number was made available was 2002, at that time we had lost 879,280 to NAFTA nation wide. 14,677 jobs were lost in the State of Missouri, where I live. I knew 4 people that lost their jobs when the Saint Joseph, Missouri H.D. LEE plant closed and moved to Mexico. A month before it was closed the company headquarters sent out a message telling them they were the best the company had.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic

11:34 AM  
Blogger Unadulterated Underdog said...

CAFTA is not a good idea. It is designed to do two things. First, it is designed to ensure that American jobs don't go to Asia but to Central America, keeping the money close but still not at home. Second, it's designed to allow Central American countries to import their cheap crops into the USA with no quotas or tariffs, which will hurt American farmers. Anyone who is a true patriot will not support CAFTA. Cheers!

11:36 AM  
Blogger John said...

I've got news you should see ASAP.

4:03 PM  
Blogger 13 Fox said...

I was optimistic about CAFTA, at first. However, it's starting to look a little too familiar.

11:13 PM  
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12:15 AM  

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