Skip to comments.Free Trade's Friends
Posted on 04/18/2010 4:06:43 AM PDT by expat_panama
Something's wrong when a president's lieutenants agitate against his own policies. But Defense Secretary Gates' call for free trade with Colombia arose from a true national security need. So where's the president?
Defense Secretary Robert Gates visited Latin America and the Caribbean last week, making stops to shore up allies Colombia, Peru and Barbados, on the heels of the signing of the first major U.S. defense pact with Brazil in 30 years.
He's doing his job, and not a moment too soon, given the den of dragons the region has become. Colombia's FARC terrorists have now made common cause with Mexico's drug traffickers, whose violence is spilling over the U.S. border.
Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez has allied with Iran and Russia, touting nuclear cooperation with both. Chavez also is acquiring as much as $9.5 billion in Russian arms bad news, given his history of supplying terrorists and threatening neighbors.
His ally, Bolivia, is setting up a de facto Russian air force base to check U.S. allies in Peru and Chile. And his other ally, Ecuador, is making a name for itself as a money laundry for pariahs like Iran.
It'll be more than a bit strange if Obama's own Cabinet pleads for free trade with Colombia while Obama and Congress' Democrats continue to throw up obstacles. But that's how it looks.
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Since Free Trade is pushed by the likes of George Soros, Al Gore, Jimmy Carter, The Clinton’s, and every other major liberal and Liberal Globalist....Obama I am sure will come around and join the other Liberal Globalists and support Free Trade
I get a kick out of some who claim Free Trade is a conservative idea.....when it has been Liberal Globalists that pushed it for decades. If people knew anything about US history....American Economics was mainly the domain of conservative Republicans, while Liberal Free Trade Globalism is the agenda of Liberal Globalist Democrats
Wow. Soros is playihng both sides of that issue, if what you say is accurate, because he also promotes those anti-globalist riots whenever there is a trade conference.
Soros, etc. don’t support free trade. They support one world government, which will restrict all commerce.
Go back to your union thug bosses and tell then we aren’t buying your argument.
Free trade does not, of itself, contribute to America's economic problems. If the US practiced allowed more capitalism within its borders, it would unleash an exporting giant that would enrich not only America, but all your trading partners.
I can think of dozens of industries and hundreds of products and services and processes where America does have or could have a huge comparative advantage in their production. Why doesn't this occur? I'll give you the short answer: stifling union labor rules and contracts, environmental restrictions, excess regulation by government, excess taxation, lack of political will.
Take just one industry, energy. The US is the biggest energy importer in the world, bar none. How do you explain that a country with the largest coal reserves in the world, vast untapped petroleum reserves, and nuclear energy technology has become the world's largest energy importer? It boggles the mind.
Here is another industry, automobile production. Once again, how can a country where the industry was born fall to such a low market share in its own domestic market? Sure, management grew complacent and arrogant. But in the end, unions and government conspired to virtually kill off a dominant domestic industry. In such an environment, how do you expect to export anything? Is it any wonder imports dominate?
WAKE UP AMERICA!
One of the greatest contributions the United States can make to the world is to promote freedom as the key to economic growth. A creative, competitive America is the answer to a changing world, not trade wars that would close doors, create greater barriers, and destroy millions of jobs. We should always remember: protectionism is destructionism. America's jobs, America's growth, America's future depend on trade - trade that is free, open, and fair.Who knew Ronald Reagan was one of them?
This year, we have it within our power to take a major step toward a growing global economy and an expanding cycle of prosperity that reaches to all the free nations of this Earth. I'm speaking of the historic Free Trade Agreement negotiated between our country and Canada. And I can also tell you that we're determined to expand this concept, south as well as north. Next month I will be traveling to Mexico where trade matters will be of foremost concern. And, over the next several months, our Congress and the Canadian Parliament can make the start of such a North American accord a reality. Our goal must be a day when the free flow of trade - from the tip of Tierra del Fuego to the Arctic Circle - unites the people of the Western Hemisphere in a bond of mutually beneficial exchange; when all borders become what the U.S.-Canadian border so long has been - a meeting place, rather than a dividing line. [emphasis added]
Bingo. Someone might appear to argue that, in the interest of U.S. national security, Caterpillar must pay 30% to ship a bulldozer to Columbia from Illinois, but if it builds it in France, it pays 0%.