Skip to comments.CAFTA Guts All “Buy American” Laws: A New Green Light for Outsourcing
Posted on 07/27/2005 10:23:01 AM PDT by w6ai5q37b
Washington, DC Buy American laws and similar state and federal legislation would be gutted by CAFTA procurement rules that prohibit all laws that give a preference to domestic or local businesses according to U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, who says CAFTA Article 9 overturns every state and federal law that requires federal, state, and local government agencies to buy American products, or use American workforces. CAFTA Article 9.2.
No Party (Nation) may treat a locally established supplier any less favorably than another locally established supplier on the basis of degree of foreign affiliation or ownership, or on the basis that goods or services are goods or services of another Party (Nation).
CAFTA would immediately overturn all the hard work of our state legislatures in trying to support local businesses and jobs, says Norwood. It would overrule all state and federal law on the issue, effectively destroying our sovereignty, and would block any action by the voters to correct this outrage.
The Article would also prohibit laws that restrict or ban the outsourcing of jobs to CAFTA nations or firms registered to CAFTA nations. Under the protection of the article, a Central American firm with a satellite office in America could contract with an Indian telemarketing company to provide a low bid for federal or state government phone banks, such as IRS hotlines or state employment office services. All state and federal laws to the contrary would be void, and the CAFTA firm could sue if they failed to win the contract after submitting the low bid. The case would be heard by a CAFTA tribunal, consisting of two Central American judges pitted against one judge from the United States.
Norwood says Article 9 is just one more glaring example of CAFTA attempts to overthrow Americans ability to govern themselves. At every turn, this bill seeks to wipe out American law, in favor of CAFTA and other world trade agreement rules. This Article makes it crystal clear that CAFTA is more than a trade agreement it is a treaty, and should be rejected.
But, but......if we send all of our jobs overseas, what will all the new guest workers be doing?
Eating your children and raping your pets, just like every invading horde.
Be happy the lords and their children will be safely behind their castle walls.
And try not to disturb them with all that screaming as your village burns.
"Be happy the lords and their children will be safely behind their castle walls.
And try not to disturb them with all that screaming as your village burns."
-you forgot....with their guest worker gardeners and guest worker maids and guest worker nannies and all those other nasty jobs that American workers won't do.
I know of a company that is making products in China. They are still advertising their products as "Made in the USA" and they have even lied on export forms.
Who is the proper authority to whom I can make a report.
I have already searched and read this page:
But I only want to go forward if someone will do something about it.
The LINK was supposed to be this one: (I mis-pasted)
When the leadership admits that we are being invaded by millions of criminals and terrorists and plans to stop it by erasing the border, how do you expect them to do anything that would interfere with the flow of chinese bribe money into their pockets?
Email Lou Dobbs about this!
It is smaller privately held company. They only do between 1-2 million in business. I don't think it would interest him.
By the way, I didn't mean to hijack your thread with my question. It just seemed like a good place to get an asnwer, and it was not worth it's own thread.
Stockpiling my my tools of self-defense - Bump -
Nothing like the light of day to flush out the roaches.
When we turn the control of sourcing policies over to an international bureaucracy, we are not, in the big picture, doing what is good for business. I predict that if CAFTA passes, the resulting precedents will at some point result in statutes which prohibit even the private sector from engaging in non global sourcing. Some firm (or group of them) from overseas will prosecute a case against some corporation for "not having a sourcing process that allows bids from the `innately best' source," which just happens to be somewhere like, for example, Laos. Mark my words - if we allow CAFTA to pass, what I speak of will happen.
Contact both the FBI and the Department of Commerce.
Free trade... isn't. And our economy can't take much more of this brand of free trade.