Skip to comments.US, OAS Members Sign New Environmental Agreements
Posted on 02/18/2005 5:36:56 PM PST by average american student
The United States and six members of the Organization of American States have signed new agreements on trade and the environment.
The agreements are aimed at strengthening environmental protection and creating a Secretariat for Environmental Matters to help implement the environmental provisions of the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA).
The accords were signed in Washington D.C. Friday by senior representatives of the governments of Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and the United States.
Ha HA HA Ha snicker snicker snort.
a fellow Skull & Bones member to boot!
Bwa ha ha ha ha. ROTFLOL. Stop it you're killing me.
I don't believe you are really ignorant of the amount of money that is sent south ever year that belongs to the US taxpayer. Are you just joking in hopes that Americans won't learn the truth?
That is the only chance we have!
CAFTA does not provide new tariff cuts for Central American goods. Already, most textile and apparel products enter the United States duty-free under the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI) program.CAFTA allows such duty-free treatment for goods meeting a looser rule of origin--i.e. goods with less U.S. or Central American content--but nothing in CAFTA provides new cost-reducing benefits for the region. It just eliminates the requirement of U.S. fabric and other inputs to make the products that will continue to enter duty-free.
--opening the way for China to overwhelm the textile industry in the western hemisphere.
The United States has formed a new Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) with Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Trade is supposed to bring countries together, but this week Honduras and the Dominican Republic announced they were pulling their small troop contingents out of the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq. Their governments decided they would rather follow the example of the new Socialist regime in Spain than stay true to the commitments they made to their largest trading partner, the United States, which had just granted them commercial preferences.
--William R. Hawkins
What were you saying about steadfast allies?
Please educate me on the amount and why it is being sent. If available, government sources are more convincing than your memory.
If you read it again you will see it is talking about US exports to Central America not Central American imports to the US. Your comments about CBI are interesting but not on topic.
I NEVER said a vote for Peroutka was a "wasted vote." It just happened that the President would probably have to appoint a couple of Supreme Court Judges this term, and there was NO WAY that John Kerry would have appointed conservative judges. At the very least with Bush, we have a 50 -50 chance that he will appoint conservative judges. Those judges are life time appointments so this was not the election to take that chance.
The reason he couldn't win the election was 'cuz nobody would stand up for principle & vote for him. Quit using excuses, &, like the commercial once said, JUST DO IT. (I mean no disrespect in saying that, ok?).
The reason he couldn't win the vote is because people realized that even if he won, we would have 4 years with a do nothing President because he had NO support in Congress. I voted for the man that I thought would be best for me, my family and America. THAT is NOT an excuse, FRiend. :)
Whenever you come across a liberal, act as if you are voting for Nader or whoever else would take away votes from the Dims (they don't hafta know), learn the socialist talking points, & get THEM to to move even further Left.
I don't have time to play in little RAT games. :)
If memory serves, he was a horse.
darn GOOD horse too ;-)
Clearly, this is an unconstitutional restriction on the U.S. government's ability to intervene in the market. We're all going to lose our jobs! It's a race to the bottom!
will there be emmigration available should we want to get the heck out of this overcrowded country??
Now are you sure that all this does is commit member nations to enforce their own environmental laws? If so, why is an "Environmental Secretariat" needed?
Fortunately (for the state) the Constitution "poses not serious threat to our form of government.".
In a semantic end run around the Constitution NAFTA, GATT, WTO, CAFTA and FTAA are all called "agreements" and not "treaties". Therefore the difficult to attain 2/3's senate vote requirement is neatly avoided.
No one is perfect, and I have yet to find a politician I agree with 100%. In the real world the political contributor come before the common citizen.
At least hes a darn sight better than Hanoi John would have been.
If anything, we over-enforce our own environmental laws, so this will have no effect on us. The panels that are being set up to hear complaints about labor law or environmental law are going to have an effect on these developing countries, but I can't see how it effects us.
There is nothing in CAFTA which gives it the power to change US law on any matter.
The people on this thread criticizing this agreement obviously know NOTHING about the actual agreement. This agreement so overwhelmingly benefits the US that it's amazing these other countries agreed to it.
That's correct. But the important point is that it phases out the tariffs on American exports to those countries, which means we will sell more to them.
It also opens up their government monopolies on such things as insurance and phone and internet service to American competition. The end result is that American companies can expand and the citizens of those countries will get the benefits of competition in the marketplace, better service, and lower prices.
I have had experience in transactions across the Canadian-USA border both before and after NAFTA and my experiences tell me there is no such thing as "free trade". These transactions cost plenty in fees and paperwork.
Also the transactions do not only take place between countrys. They take place between people and/or companys and no one works against their own best interests. There are always profits and benefits for both partys.