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Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Trade Treaties Create Foreign Jobs

All the foreign trade treaties that the United States has ratified in the last 10 years come with glowing predictions of creating new jobs for Americans, and those promises always turn out to be false. Like the old saying, Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. It is definitely shame on Congress if they pass another trade treaty that creates jobs only in foreign countries.

For example, Obama promised that our free-trade deal with Korea would be a major U.S.-job creator. That was a lie: after the Korean treaty went into effect, sales of U.S. goods to Korea fell 17% (costing 40,000 U.S. jobs), and imports rose 18%, so the treaty was a jobs-creator for Koreans, not Americans.

Now Obama wants us to pass a new trade treaty with eleven countries that are notorious for their persecution of Christians, such as Malaysia, Vietnam, and Brunei. Brunei, for example, where negotiations were held in secret, has a constitution that states: "The religion of Brunei shall be the Muslim religion," which means Islamic Sharia law supersedes all other law and regulates all aspects of life. Christians and their clergy are harassed at every turn in Brunei, Malaysia, and Vietnam. Spies attend nearly every Christian gathering. Brunei is on the World Watch List of nations where Christians suffer the most persecution for their faith by Muslim governments. Brunei forbids the importation of Bibles and all non-Islamic texts or symbols, yet Obama has the gall to tell us that this treaty is "free trade" and we should give him extraordinary powers under Fast Track.

Some provisions of this treaty pretend to rewrite some U.S. laws about the environment, health, food safety, and internet freedom protections. The bottom line is, free-trade treaties are bad news for American jobs and should be defeated.

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