Eagle Forum Legislative Alerts

Friday, January 06, 2012

Free Trade and Jobs

I'm eager to hear our presidential candidates discuss the colossal failure of the doctrine of free trade and how it enables protectionist countries, especially Communist China, to play the U.S. for a sucker while using the tremendous profits China makes on sales to the U.S. to build an awesome and threatening military. For those without blinders on their eyes, it's apparent that Communist China is using our obsession with free trade to cheat us coming and going, steal our patents and intellectual property, and sell us fake and dangerous merchandise, all the way from computer chips to ingredients in our prescription drugs.

I want to hear the presidential candidates show some empathy for the nearly three million Americans who lost manufacturing jobs that went overseas. Those were well-paid blue-collar jobs that enabled men to join the Middle Class, support a full-time homemaker, and buy a house.

Let's hear the presidential candidates address the political shenanigan that put us into the World Trade Organization, enabling a bunch of anti-American bureaucrats in Geneva to dictate our foreign trade policies. The power "to regulate trade with foreign nations" is one of the explicit powers given to Congress and no part of that power should be given away. I'd like to hear our presidential candidates answer the question, Do you support a global economy in which Americans must compete with foreigners who are paid 50 cents an hour, working long hours with no benefits, and living in a company dormitory?

Immigration and socialism have destroyed Europe, financially and culturally. Let's hear our presidential candidates tell us how they will restore respect for the U.S. Constitution and reject any accommodation with the laws and practices of other countries and the presumptuous dictates of United Nations treaties.

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