On the topic of NAFTA, Barack Obama said he wants to open “up a dialogue with the leaders of Canada and Mexico and try to figure “how we can make this work for all people.”
That means he wants the agreement to “include enforceable labor and environmental standards in the pact.” But is that true?
Note that Obama supported the Peru Trade Agreement though he did not vote on it. That’s the agreement which, like NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement), had no labor or environmental enforcement provisions in it.
But Representatives Charles Rangel and Max Baucus, working in near “secrecy” with the White House, said they managed to have wording added that included such provisions. Obama, obviously, was satisfied with that assurance.
Hillary Clinton also favored the agreement. From her website:
“I support the trade agreement with Peru. It has very strong labor and environmental protections. This agreement makes meaningful progress on advancing worker’s rights, and also levels the playing field for American workers.”
However, many say the Peru agreement has no enforcement mechanism. From the Alliance for Responsible Trade:
“House Democratic leaders have struck a deal with Bush to put cosmetic labor and environmental ‘protections’ in these agreements that are vague and unenforceable.
“Sadly, many who opposed CAFTA (Central America Free Trade Agreement) are now hiding behind the cosmetic changes in the Peru FTA, ignoring the fact that the Peru FTA contains many of the NAFTA/CAFTA problems.”
According to citizen.org:
“The Peru expansion replicates many of the CAFTA provisions that led most Democratic senators to oppose that pact. This includes: foreign investor privileges that create incentives for U.S. firms to move offshore and expose basic environmental, health, zoning and other laws to attack in foreign tribunals; bans on “buy America’ and anti-offshoring policies; limits on food import safety standards and inspection rates; and NAFTA-style agriculture rules that are projected to displace tens of thousands of Peru’s Andean farmers (like NAFTA did to Mexican farmers) and thus increase coca production and immigration. The pact also contains terms that could subject Peru to compensation claims for reversing its unpopular Social Security privatization, the same system Democrats fought against at home.” (Remember Bush’s attempt at our Social Security “partial” privatization?)
Representative Bart Stupak (D-Mich):
“Who will enforce these labor standards? Who will enforce the environmental standards? The Bush Administration? I don’t think so.”
Remember that Bush and corporate America would not support anything that would hurt America’s “competitiveness” with the rest of the world (like decent wages and good working conditions).
In fact, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers supported the Peru FTA. Tom Donohue, President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said:
“We are encouraged by assurances that the labor provisions cannot be read to require compliance with [International Labor Organization] Conventions.”
If that is true, then the rest of the pending trade agreements (Columbia, Panama and South Korea) will have the same lack of labor and environment enforcement as the Peru FTA.
I wonder if Obama knows that he is also obligated to attend the annual summit of the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP or NAFTA Plus). The last meeting was in April of this year in New Orleans. (Photo: Bush, deconstructing America)
The leaders of Canada, Mexico and the United States meet with their ministers and members of the North American Competitiveness Council. The NACC is a permanent institution, with each nation represented by 10 CEOs. The CEOs of the three nations then present a plan (and legislation) to their respective leaders for the continuing integration of this North American trading state.
The American branch members (CEOs of Wal-Mart, Campbell Soup Company, Lockheed Martin, and others) meet with the president and tell him what they need in order to be competitive in North America. In other words, these CEOs provide him with legislation that needs to be passed or regulations and policies that need to be implemented so that they can proceed with the “establishment by 2010 of a a security and economic community for North America,” a merger of the continent with a common security perimeter and open internal borders for the free flow of commerce and people (cheap labor).
On March 31, 2006 in Cancun, Mexico, the leaders of the United States, Canada and Mexico met with business leaders of the NACC. Prime Minister Harper of Canada made it clear who was running this developing union of North America:
“We committed to further engage the private sector. We’ve agreed to set up a North American Competitiveness Council, made up of business leaders from all three countries, to advise us on ways to improve the competitiveness (integration) of our economies. They will meet with our ministers, identify priorities, and make sure we follow up and implement them.” (Click here, then see archives, “The Senator from Wal_Mart, A Bad Dream?” Oct. 10, 2006
(Yes. That means Wal-Mart and friends are constructing a new arrangement for the continent that will replace the sovereignty of the member states.
And President Obama’s job will be, like George Bush, to make this trading state, complete with cheap labor, a reality.
There is no training session needed, though, for Council on Foreign Relations member John McCain. He has been a leader in the goal of merging North America into a trading region. He brags about being a globalist and free trader. And he says that he will persue the FTAA (Free Trade Area of the Americas) if elected.
George Bush and Vicente Fox tried to implement this corporate trading state, an integration of 34 nations of the Western Hemisphere, by 2005 – with, eventually, a common currency. But they were blocked by a few key South American nations. The FTAA trade agreement clearly states that labor and the environment are not part of the agreement.
The result of this election: The next president and congress will continue to ignore the will of the people. And that doesn’t bode well for our future.
See thesigintreport archives, Dec. 22, 2007-“John McCain will Integrate the Western Hemisphere if Elected President”
Multimodal transportation corridors throughout North America are an important part of an integrated continental trading region. There are public/private coalitions in the NAFTA member nations formed for the purpose of building a system of multimodal transportation super highways throughout North America. Yes, there is plenty of documentation, including the U.S. Government. Three are listed below:
In this blog, archives, Dec. 31, 2007, “Federal Highway Administration: North America, Open Borders and More by 2020”
thesigintreport archives, Oct. 31, 2007, “North America’s SuperCorridor Coalition: America Slip Sliding Away”
U.S. Government support for North America’s Superhighway Coalition