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Thursday, September 22, 2011

How Did We Get Into the WTO?

How did we get into the situation where foreigners over in Switzerland can force the United States to change some of our laws! The bunch of bureaucrats in Geneva called the World Trade Organization think they can override the U.S. Constitution, our laws, and our sovereignty.

The World Trade Organization recently ruled that we must repeal our U.S. law requiring retailers to label our foods with their Country of Origin. Several years ago, these foreign busybodies ruled against our Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, which was designed to protect our people against the social and financial costs of internet gambling on the argument that our law interferes with free trade in "recreational services." So they gave a couple of little countries in the Caribbean the right to punish the U.S.
Locking our country into a treaty under which we are supposed to obey the dictates of international bureaucrats in Geneva was a cozy political deal made during the Bill Clinton Administration by the free-trade activists in both political parties. Clinton and Congress bypassed the Treaty Clause in the U.S. Constitution (that requires a two-thirds vote in the Senate). They declared this big bill passed as an executive agreement, which calls for only a simple majority in both Houses of Congress. President Bill Clinton, the Democratic House Speaker and the Republican leader then cooked up a deal to pass this package in the December 1994 Lame Duck session of Congress.

Anybody who says the World Trade Organization means "free trade" insults the common sense of Americans. This is not free trade at all, but is a supra-national body that sets, manages and enforces foreign rules to dictate global trade. It's time to pull out of the World Trade Outrage.

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