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AMERICA CAN GET OUT OF THE WTO IN 2005

 

 

February 21, 2005

Posted 1:00 AM Eastern
NewsWithViews.com

According to polls and feed back to Congress, the majority of the American people were against the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) back in 1994. This unconstitutional treaty was ratified anyway by a lame duck Congress. The same opposition was expressed by the American people against U.S. participation in the World Trade Organization (WTO) due to severe constitutional clashes over sovereignty. It was passed by Congress anyway.

There is a provision which allows a vote to withdraw from the WTO every five years which means 2005 is a year in which Congress can vote to remove the U.S. from the WTO.

Since 1994, America has continued to be clobbered by the WTO over ruling tax laws, pricing on goods being imported at a disadvantage to American manufacturers and essentially dictating how America can do business. Opponents of America's participation in the WTO warned a long time ago about the consequences of belonging to a foreign body of nations that would stomp on American sovereignty.

William Norman Grigg writes current facts on this issue:

"A delegation of U.S. cotton farmers had their "day in court" on December 13, seeking relief from a damaging regulatory ruling. The "court" to which they made their appeal was a dispute resolution panel of the World Trade Organization (WTO), a 148-nation global body head quartered in Geneva, Switzerland. The U.S. cotton farmers were forced to appeal to the foreign "court" because the U.S. government illegally ceded part of our sovereignty to the WTO, and the farmers have been caught in the repercussion of that action.

"Last September, noted the December 7 Delta Farm Press, a three-member WTO panel ruled that a number of federal assistance programs for the cotton industry are "prohibited export subsidies" that created "significant suppression of world cotton prices in marketing years 1999-2002, causing 'serious prejudice' to Brazil's interests." This isn't to say that the WTO uniformly bans all such subsidies. Article 13 of the WTO Agreement on Agriculture allows national governments to provide agricultural subsidies, but the global trade body claims the authority to nullify any subsidy it deems inappropriate -- and to levy punitive fines and taxes to enforce its rulings.

"As has been its habit, the Bush administration reacted to the September decision by expressing resigned disapproval -- and an eager willingness to abide by the WTO's final decision. This left U.S. cotton farmers to seek relief from the same foreign globalist body that had issued the injurious decision."

According to Grigg, Newt Gingrich, former Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives "...admitted in testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee, approval of WTO membership was nothing less than a "transformational" moment, a fundamental alteration of our system of government." Quoting Gingrich, "I am just saying that we need to be honest about the fact that we are transferring from the United States at a practical level significant authority to a new organization. This is a transformational moment. I would feel better if the people who favor this would just be honest about the scale of change.... This is not just another trade agreement. This is adopting something which twice, once in the 1940s and once in the 1950s, the U.S. Congress rejected. I am not even saying that we should reject it; I, in fact, lean toward it. But I think we have to be very careful, because it is a very big transfer of power."

Most weren't surprised by Newt Gingrich's final support for both NAFTA and the WTO since he has openly advocated for world government and alliances himself with globalists like Alvin Toffler.

President Bush fully supports America's participation in the WTO and is now pushing hard to get the so-called Free Trade of the Americas treaty passed and in place by the end of 2005. Bush has made it clear to Congress he wants this treaty to be signed soon. Bush has made his position clear on the Department of State's web site under Declaration of Quebec City.

Opponents of the FTAA state:

"Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, a member of the executive committee of the Trilateral Commission and a longtime power in the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), called the vote on NAFTA the single most important decision that Congress would make during Mr. Clinton's first term. Indeed, Kissinger acknowledged in the Los Angeles Times that passage of NAFTA "will represent the most creative step toward a new world order taken by any group of countries since the end of the Cold War...." NAFTA "is not a conventional trade agreement," he noted, "but the architecture of a new international system."

"David Rockefeller, Kissinger's superior among the Trilateralists and members of the Council on Foreign Relations, exhorted in the Wall Street Journal: "Everything is in place -- after 500 years -- to build a true 'new world' in the Western Hemisphere."

Opponents of the FTAA maintain this treaty will be the final nail in the coffin of American sovereignty and will prove the predictions of the late billionaire financier Sir James Goldsmith when he said in a December 6,1993 interview in the Washington Times:

"Global free trade will force the poor of the rich countries to subsidize the rich in the poor countries. What GATT means is that our national wealth, accumulated over centuries, will be transferred from a developed country like Britain to developing countries like Communist China, now building its first ocean going Navy in 500 years.

"Communist China with its 1.2 billion people, three indochinese states with 900 million, the former Soviet Republics with some 300 million, and many more can supply skilled labor for a fraction of Western costs. Five dollars in China is the equivalent of a $100 wage in Europe.

"It is quite amazing that Gatt is sowing the seeds for global social upheaval and that it is not even the subject of debate in America. GATT will mean social upheaval and political instability bringing far worse global consequences than the Bolshevik Revolution...If the masses understood the truth about GATT, there would be blood in the streets of many capitals. A healthy national economy has to produce a large part of its own needs. It cannot simply import what it needs and use its labor force to provide services for other country."

Since NAFTA and GATT and America's unconstitutional participation began a decade ago, America's manufacturing, industrial and agricultural sectors have been decimated with millions of jobs shipped overseas. America has begun moving more and more towards a service oriented nation which produces nothing and because of stagnant wages to keep down costs for employers, a substantial number of Americans not only have two working adults per household, but many hold two or more jobs at the same time.

President Bush, according to a news item on the Drudge Report February 8, 2005, feels that holding three jobs at one time is 'uniquely American':

"Last Friday when promoting social security reform with 'regular' citizens in Omaha, Nebraska, President Bush walked into an awkward unscripted moment in which he stated that carrying three jobs at a time is 'uniquely American.' While talking with audience participants, the president met Mary Mornin, a woman in her late fifties who told the president she was a divorced mother of three, including a 'mentally challenged' son.

The President comforted Mornin on the security of social security stating that 'the promises made will be kept by the government.' But without prompting Mornin began to elaborate on her life circumstances. Begin transcript:

Ms. Mornin: That's good, because I work three jobs and I feel like I contribute.

The President: You work three jobs?

Ms. Mornin: Three jobs, yes.

The President: Uniquely American, isn't it? I mean, that is fantastic that you're doing that. (Applause.) Get any sleep? (Laughter.)

President Bush's personal wealth is estimated to be in the area of fifty million dollars. He holds one job which provides an annual income of $400,000.

Back in 1848, Karl Marx, father of Communism said, "Free trade breaks up old nationalisites...In a word, the free trade system hastens the social revolution. Gentlemen, I am in favor of free trade!"

George Washington said in 1789, "I shall always take a peculiar pleasure in giving every proper encouragement in my power to the manufacturers of my country."

Thomas Jefferson weighed in back in 1815 with, "He, therefore, who is now against domestic manufacture, must be for reducing us either to dependence on that foreign nation, or be clothed in skins, and to live like beasts in dens and caverns. I am not one of those."

Congressman Henry Clay said back in 1824, "The measure of the wealth of a nation is indicated by the measure of its protection of its industry; the measure of the poverty of a nation is marked by the degree in which it neglects and abandons the care of its own industry, leaving it exposed to the action of foreign powers.

Abraham Lincoln said, If we buy a steel rail from England, we have the rail and they have the money. But, if we buy it from ourselves, we have both the rail and the money."

Senator George Malone warned in 1958: "The global theory of free trade is siphoning off America's wealth and bringing her economy to the level of others. The theory is displacing American workers who otherwise would be employed."

The strongest words might be those of Andy Jackson when he said back in 1833: "Tell them (the South Carolinians who wanted to nullify the Tariff Act of 1832) that I will hang the first man of them I can get my hands on to the first tree I can find."

The FTAA must be ratified by Congress. Concerned citizens can reach them toll free at: 1-877-762-8762.

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There is a provision which allows a vote to withdraw from the WTO every five years which means 2005 is a year in which Congress can vote to remove the U.S. from the WTO.