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  • "After America Comes North America", Gen. Petraeus Boasts

    06/27/2014 4:55:18 PM PDT · by givemELL · 3 replies
    The New American ^ | June 27, 2014 | Alex Newman
    "Former general and CIA chief David Petraeus (shown), a key figure in the globalist Council on Foreign Relations and the shadowy Bilderberg network, boasted at a recent conference that the United States of America is set to be merged into the continental regime being erected under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Speaking at the Margaret Thatcher Conference on Liberty last week in London, the ex-commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan and Iraq essentially celebrated the end of U.S. independence — and by extension, the demise of the Constitution. “After America comes North America,” Petraeus said confidently in answering...
  • “After America Comes North America,” Gen. Petraeus Boasts

    06/27/2014 4:11:27 PM PDT · by robowombat · 84 replies
    New American ^ | Friday, 27 June 2014 12:30 | Alex Newman
    Friday, 27 June 2014 12:30 “After America Comes North America,” Gen. Petraeus Boasts Written by Alex Newman “After America Comes North America,” Gen. Petraeus Boasts Former general and CIA chief David Petraeus (shown), a key figure in the globalist Council on Foreign Relations and the shadowy Bilderberg network, boasted at a recent conference that the United States of America is set to be merged into the continental regime being erected under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Speaking at the Margaret Thatcher Conference on Liberty last week in London, the ex-commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan and Iraq essentially...
  • As Ties With China Unravel, US Companies Head to Mexico

    06/12/2014 2:19:05 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 4 replies
    New York Times ^ | MAY 31, 2014 | Damien Cave
    With labor costs rising rapidly in China, American manufacturers of all sizes are looking south to Mexico with what economists describe as an eagerness not seen since the early years of the North American Free Trade Agreement in the 1990s. From border cities like Tijuana to the central plains where new factories are filling farmland, Mexican workers are increasingly in demand. American trade with Mexico has grown by nearly 30 percent since 2010, to $507 billion annually, and foreign direct investment in Mexico last year hit a record $35 billion. Over the past few years, manufactured goods from Mexico have...
  • Why the U.S. Should Merge With Canada

    04/12/2014 9:30:20 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 97 replies
    Politico ^ | April 10, 2014 | Diane Francis
    The United States and Canada are far more integrated than most people think. In fact, a merger between the two countries isn't just desirable—it's inevitable. We share more than just the world's longest border. We share the same values, lifestyles and aspirations. Our societies and economies are becoming similar in significant ways.
  • AFL-CIO motto: Kick me again! [Ann Coulter]

    02/25/2004 4:25:00 PM PST · by perfect stranger · 10 replies · 82+ views ^ | February 25,2004 | Ann Coulter
    Posted: February 25, 2004 7:25 p.m. Eastern © 2004 Universal Press Syndicate In the past decade, the AFL-CIO has lobbied Congress on three major issues of any importance to union members: Oppose the North American Free Trade Agreement; Oppose permanent normal trade relations with China; Support drilling for oil in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The unions lost every vote. Demonstrating his savvy political skills, the head of the AFL-CIO, John Sweeney, repeatedly throws the federation's support to political candidates who opposed labor on all three issues. So if you ever find yourself negotiating with Sweeney, make sure your opening...
  • Crack In Ivory Curtain

    04/08/2014 12:32:47 PM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 7 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 8, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    When academia practices real diversity, one wonders how long it can continue. It usually doesn’t, unfortunately. Right now there is a crack in the Ivory Curtain in the person of Manuel Suarez-Mier, economist in residence at the School of International Service at American University. To call him politically incorrect would be an understatement. We mean that as a compliment. “I contend that any organization that has to use the word democratic as an adjective is anything but,” Suarez Mier said at a conference in Chicago co-sponsored by the Atlas Network and the Illinois Policy Institute. “Think about it: The Democratic...
  • Why Ron Paul Can Never Be President In 12 Quotes

    12/20/2011 3:57:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 43 replies ^ | December 20, 2011 | John Hawkins
    Ron Paul is doing surprisingly well this year in some of the early primary state polls. There's a simple reason for that: Most people in the conservative media have concluded he can't win the nomination, they don't want to get yelled at by his supporters, and so they've laid off of him while most of the other candidates have had to face ferocious criticism. I'd be content to ignore Paul, too, except for the fact that there's an outside chance he could win Iowa, which is of course, perfectly ridiculous. Why is that ridiculous? Ron Paul is absolutely, unconditionally unelectable....
  • Border buddies: A merger between the United states and Canada?

    03/23/2014 5:27:20 PM PDT · by markomalley · 161 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 3/23/2014 | Meghan Drake
    If Diane Francis had her way, the U.S. would share a lot more with its northern neighbor than the Great Lakes, maple syrup and Justin Bieber. The editor-at-large for Toronto’s National Post argues that a complete merger of Canada and the United States would create a global colossus, add 13 stars to the American flag, eliminate the border and require just a few amendments to the Constitution. But, Ms. Francis acknowledged on a visit to Washington last week, not everyone up north is thrilled with the idea. “I wanted to attack the Canadian establishment and say, ‘Wake up, there is...
  • Obama’s Free-Trade Conundrum

    01/30/2014 1:12:01 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 29, 2014 | DAVID E. BONIOR
    WASHINGTON — IN his State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Obama focused on reversing the growth of economic inequality in the United States and restoring the American dream. At the same time, he also announced his support for fast track authority that would limit Congress’s role in determining the content of trade agreements. The president’s call follows on legislation introduced earlier this month to grant him fast-track authority as a way of forcing Congress to speed up its consideration of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12-nation pact with Latin American and Asian nations. But Mr. Obama’s desire for fast-track...
  • The Most Pro-Capitalism Place to Live in North America Is…

    12/14/2013 5:00:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | December 14, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Back in February, I said Australia probably was the country most likely to survive and prosper as much of the world suffered fiscal collapse and social chaos. In hindsight, I probably should have mentioned Canada as an option, in part because of pro-growth reforms in the past two decades that have significantly reduced the burden of government spending. And I’ve already acknowledged that Canada has passed the United States in the Economic Freedom of the World rankings. So I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised to learn that the most economically free state in North America isn’t a state. It’s...
  • Economists Toast 20 Years Of NAFTA; Critics Sit Out The Party

    12/08/2013 1:14:48 PM PST · by Theoria · 66 replies
    NPR ^ | 08 Dec 2013 | Marilyn Geewax
    Twenty years ago, millions of Americans were cocking their ears — waiting to hear a "giant sucking sound."They feared Mexico would begin vacuuming up U.S. manufacturing jobs as soon as President Clinton signed the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, on Dec. 8, 1993. The "sucking sound" famously had been forecast in 1992 by Ross Perot, the businessman turned independent presidential candidate.Clinton won the election, and began pushing for NAFTA's passage. He promised the sprawling trade agreement would become a wealth generator as it pulled together the economies of Canada, the United States and Mexico.Who turned out to be...
  • The NAFTA Myth

    11/30/2013 2:29:41 PM PST · by BfloGuy · 25 replies
    The Mises Daily ^ | 11/30/13 | Murray Rothbard
    Editor’s Note: The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was approved by Congress 20 years ago this month. Rothbard’s essay on NAFTA, reprinted below, is available in the collection Making Economic Sense. For some people, it seems, all you have to do to convince them of the free enterprise nature of something is to label it “market,” and so we have the spawning of such grotesque creatures as “market socialists” or “market liberals.” The word “freedom,” of course, is also a grabber, and so another way to gain adherents in an age that exalts rhetoric over substance is simply...
  • Vanity, is gov't paying the salary difference for unemployed who accept a lower paying job?

    07/10/2013 7:44:47 AM PDT · by bigtoona · 8 replies
    me | 7/10/13 | me
    A friend of mine heard a story about an unemployed guy who finally accepted a new job that paid 50k less than the job he had before unemployment. The reason he took this job is that some part of the gov't. Is paying the 50k difference! So its essentially a program that props up the employment statistics while still spending massive amounts of money. The question is, does anyone know if this is true or the name of the program or agency that may be doing this?
  • Mexico Seeks to Limit Amount Local Governments May Borrow

    01/19/2013 12:56:56 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 1 replies
    Fox Business ^ | January 18, 2013
    Mexico's federal government may limit the amount of debt and the size of deficits that states and municipalities accumulate, as local debt levels have doubled in recent years and a handful of governments have defaulted on debt payments. The proposal is tricky to maneuver because Mexican states are independent federal entities, complete with their own constitutions, and as such they may tap as much nonguaranteed debt as they like. The states do require congressional approval to issue long-term debt backed by their shares of federal tax revenue. Local Mexican governments have limited independent revenue sources, relying instead on transfers from...
  • Obama Says One Thing in Spotlight, Another Behind Closed Doors

    09/17/2012 10:56:57 AM PDT · by Theoria · 11 replies
    Truthout ^ | 16 Sept 2012 | Kevin Zeese
    Jobs. That is the issue in the election – at least that is the issue Obama and Romney are focused on – who will create more jobs for a country in desperate need of them. During his convention speech, President Obama mentioned jobs 19 times, Romney did so 16 times. Obama promised a future where the U.S. will "outsource fewer jobs." Of course, Romney is known as someone who made hundreds of millions by outsourcing jobs. Former President Clinton put forth a job scorecard, arguing Obama and the Democrats will create more jobs. Neither candidate is arguing for a New...
  • Obama staffer gave warning of NAFTA rhetoric

    06/19/2012 10:06:33 AM PDT · by lormand · 4 replies
    CTVNews ^ | Wed. Feb. 27 2008 11:45 PM ET | News Staff
    Barack Obama has ratcheted up his attacks on NAFTA, but a senior member of his campaign team told a Canadian official not to take his criticisms seriously, CTV News has learned. Both Obama and Hillary Clinton have been critical of the long-standing North American Free Trade Agreement over the course of the Democratic primaries, saying that the deal has cost U.S. workers' jobs. Within the last month, a top staff member for Obama's campaign telephoned Michael Wilson, Canada's ambassador to the United States, and warned him that Obama would speak out against NAFTA, according to Canadian sources. The staff member...
  • NAFTA's Evolving NATO?

    05/02/2012 4:10:00 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | May 2, 2012 | Austin Bay
    NAFTA isn't NATO, at least not yet. However, the North American defense ministers conference hosted by Canada the last week of March sent the low-key but categorically public message that Mexico has emerged as the U.S. and Canada's regional security partner. The conference, held in Ottawa, was the first scheduled trilateral defense ministers meeting involving all three North American countries in which Mexico officially participated. The three countries agreed to increase their efforts to combat drug cartels, to include sharing intelligence and cooperating in land and sea missions to stop cartel operations. As allies in World War I and World...
  • Dollarisation of Ecuador

    02/04/2012 10:24:14 AM PST · by InsightSur · 11 replies ^ | February 3, 2012 | InsightSur Editor
    Due to economic instability, in January of 2000, then Ecuadorian President Jamil Mahuad instituted a policy instating the United States dollar as the official currency of Ecuador. Despite disapproval of the policy by current Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa’s administration, no plans are currently in the works to replace the US dollar as the official currency. However, the administration has indicated that it would replace the US dollar in favor of a South American currency if one became available. The dollar replaced "sucres" in Ecuador, at a rate of 1 for every 25,000 sucres. While Ecuador has officially replaced their own...
  • Mexican Trucks Are on Our Roads

    11/08/2011 10:30:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 62 replies ^ | November 8, 2011 | Phyllis Schlafly
    After years of negative votes in Congress and the opposition of the American people, on Oct. 21 Barack Obama allowed the first Mexican truck to cross the border at Laredo, Texas, and head north to deliver door-to-door service of its industrial equipment. This was implemented by an agreement quietly signed by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in Mexico City on July 6 with Mexico's secretary of Communications and Transportation. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., calls this deal a major anti-jobs program saying, "We're literally taking good jobs here in America and passing them over the line to Mexico." Todd Spencer, executive vice...
  • Mexican Truck Finally Enters US Under NAFTA

    10/22/2011 5:52:42 AM PDT · by VU4G10 · 28 replies ^ | 21 Oct 2011 09:16 PM
    SAN ANTONIO - The first Mexican long-haul truck bound for the U.S. interior crossed at the international bridge at Laredo, Texas, Friday, carrying electronic equipment destined for suburban Dallas and fulfilling a controversial provision of the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement. Business leaders on both sides of the Rio Grande praised the move while sign-waving Teamsters Union members in Laredo jeered. NAFTA called for Mexican trucks to be allowed to travel beyond a six- to 25-mile wide "commercial zone" in the United States by December 1995. However, concerns about the safety of Mexican trucks, the opposition of the Teamsters...
  • 1st Mexican truck to enter US interior within days (Isn't third world status grand?)...

    10/20/2011 7:20:11 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 58 replies
    YahooNews ^ | 10/19/11 | Julie Watson
    The first Mexican carrier is set to roll into the U.S. interior within days, but the Teamsters union and two California congressmen haven't given up on stopping the cross-border trucking program that had been stalled for years by safety concerns and political wrangling. U.S. Reps. Duncan Hunter and Bob Filner joined Teamsters President James Hoffa at the border Wednesday to take a bipartisan stand against the pilot project that will allow approved Mexican trucks to come deep into the United States. The first one will enter Texas on Friday. Hunter is a San Diego-area Republican, while Filner is a Democrat...
  • Obama Signs Trade Deals Biggest Since NAFTA (same day he announces Iraq pullout)

    10/21/2011 12:01:01 PM PDT · by Siena Dreaming · 18 replies
    Yahoo ^ | October 21, 2011 | Jill Abrams
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama signed off Friday on the first three — and possibly last — free trade agreements of his administration, deals with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama that could be worth billions to American exporters and create tens of thousands of jobs. The three deals were years in the making, and the difficulty of bringing them to fruition make it unlikely there will be another bilateral trade agreement during Obama's current term. Obama signed them with none of the ceremonial fanfare that normally accompanies such triumphs. Republicans, while supportive of the deals, continue to find fault...
  • Congressmen, Teamsters Sound Alarm As Trucks Set To Cross US-Mexico Border

    10/19/2011 3:36:22 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 24 replies
    CBS News Los Angeles ^ | 10/19/11 | Staff
    SAN DIEGO (CBS) — Union and trucking industry leaders joined a pair of Southland lawmakers on Wednesday to warn Americans about a potential economic fallout if Mexican trucks are allowed to travel unchecked across the border. Reps. Bob Filner (D-San Diego), and Duncan D. Hunter (R-El Cajon) joined James Hoffa of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and Todd Spencer, the owner-operator of the Independent Drivers Association, to voice their concerns over the bilateral pilot project that is set to roll into the U.S. interior within days. The bipartisan group argues that allowing Mexican trucking companies to travel into the U.S....
  • Obama's midwest bus tour message backfires

    08/16/2011 2:54:22 PM PDT · by americanophile · 33 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 16 August 2011 | Daniel Denvir
    While on a bus tour this week across a midwest ravaged by deindustrialisation, President Barack Obama has ironically been touting job-killing free trade agreements. Mitt Romney deemed the road trip, which goes through an archipelago of shuttered factories and mills, as Obama's "Magical Misery Tour", though the former governor and CEO would undoubtedly promote the same free trade policies even more fervently. Obama won Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois in 2008, but is set to lose them in 2012 if he remains on the free trade bandwagon. Last week, he visited Michigan, the epicentre of American manufacturing's decimation. A May report...
  • Rick Perry's NAFTA Superhighway Problem

    08/12/2011 6:56:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 88 replies ^ | August 12, 2011 | Rachel Alexander
    Move over Mitt Romney. Rick Perry has a bigger problem to defend from his tenure as governor. Remember the NAFTA Superhighway project? It was to consist of a two-mile wide $184 billion transit system of toll roads, rail lines and utilities from the Texas-Mexico border all the way up to the Minnesota-Canadian border, to make it easier to ship foreign goods from China and other countries into North America. It became so unpopular in Texas that the Texas portion of it, called the Trans-Texas Corridor, was renamed and mostly disbanded a couple of years ago. Perry was the only gubernatorial...
  • Tea Party for FAIR Trade, no more Free Trade

    08/08/2011 7:37:26 PM PDT · by indianyogi · 75 replies
    Is this something Tea Party should take as a cause? Usually Republican party is for Free Trade, but its time we keep our jobs right here in this great country of ours. Can Tea Party change the conversation on trade issues?
  • Cross-Border Trucking Agreement Threatens American Security and American Jobs, Charges FAIR

    07/08/2011 3:10:16 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 12 replies
    PRNewswire-USNewswire ^ | July 8, 2011 | Federation for American Immigration Reform
    WASHINGTON, July 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Obama administration's decision to sign an agreement allowing Mexican truckers full access to U.S. roads poses a threat to national security, American motorists, our ability to control illegal immigration, and to the viability of the U.S. trucking industry, charges the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). The agreement was signed in Mexico City on Wednesday by Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood without notice from the administration. "Implementation of this provision of NAFTA has been on hold for 17 years with good reason," stated Dan Stein, president of FAIR. "Since President Clinton signed the...
  • Mexico, U.S. Sign Cross-Border Trucking Agreement

    07/07/2011 8:39:31 PM PDT · by Sarajevo · 32 replies · 1+ views
    MEXICO CITY – Mexico and the United States have signed an agreement that will allow cargo trucks from each country to circulate without restriction on the other nation’s highways, ending a long-running dispute. The memorandum was signed here by the heads of Mexico’s Communications and Transportation Secretariat and the U.S. Department of Transportation as a follow-up to an accord reached in March by Presidents Barack Obama and Felipe Calderon. Under the terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement, Mexican trucks were to have been able to circulate freely throughout the U.S. roadway system as soon as the trade pact...
  • US, Mexico sign cross-border trucking agreement (Has NAFTA SHAFT'd Ya Today? Just Wait!)

    07/06/2011 3:05:18 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 63 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 7/6/11 | Jonathan M. Katz - ap
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — U.S. and Mexican officials signed an agreement Wednesday allowing each country's trucks to traverse the other's highways, implementing a key provision of the North American Free Trade Agreement after nearly two decades of bickering. Transportation secretaries Ray LaHood and Dionisio Perez-Jacome signed the three-year memorandum, which is based on an agreement announced in March by Presidents Barack Obama and Felipe Calderon. NAFTA, signed in 1994, had called for Mexican trucks to have unrestricted access to highways in border states by 1995 and full access to all U.S. highways by January 2000. Canadian trucks have no limits...
  • NAFTA, Agenda 21, and Border 21

    06/29/2011 7:58:06 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 25 replies · 1+ views
    What Is ^ | April 11th | Phyllis Schlafly
    Barack Obama’s deal with the president of Mexico to allow Mexican trucks to carry their loads onto U.S. highways and roads is new evidence of his high-handed solo behavior that has become Standard Operating Procedure in the Administration. Here are ten reasons why Obama’s plan is dangerous and must be stopped by Congress and public protest. 1. Obama’s deal with President Felipe Calderon, announced on March 3, bypasses Congress, defies the wishes of the American people, and looks like the action of a Third World dictator who thinks representative government is a nuisance and can be ignored.
  • Leaked U.S. cable lays out North American ‘integration’ strategy

    06/03/2011 10:35:26 PM PDT · by Palter · 18 replies · 1+ views
    National Post ^ | 02 June 2011 | Robert Hiltz
    OTTAWA — The integration of North America’s economies would best be achieved through an “incremental” approach, according to a leaked U.S. diplomatic cable. The cable, released through the WikiLeaks website and apparently written Jan. 28, 2005, discusses some of the obstacles surrounding the merger of the economies of Canada, the United States and Mexico in a fashion similar to the European Union. “An incremental and pragmatic package of tasks for a new North American Initiative (NAI) will likely gain the most support among Canadian policymakers,” the document said. “The economic payoff of the prospective North American initiative … is available,...
  • NAFTA, China, and the Red Herrings of the Unemployment Debate

    05/19/2011 3:36:58 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 4 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | May 19, 2011 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Donald Trump’s short-lived presidential campaign wasn’t the first to try to make Communist China the villain in our economic debate… but he did feature it more prominently in his attempt at populism than most do. Others choose NAFTA as their whipping post, since everybody’s heard of it, and its birth at the hands of both Bush I and Clinton makes it an easy target for folks who want to pin the blame on the domestic establishment, rather than a foreign culprit across the sea. Unfortunately for their case, they’re both wrong. The cause of our economic doldrums is much closer...
  • Mexico Detains 513 People Crammed Into Two US-Bound Trucks

    05/17/2011 1:32:04 PM PDT · by crosshairs · 16 replies
    Fox News New York ^ | 5/17/11 | unknown
    TUXTLA GUTIERREZ, Mexico - Police on Tuesday detained 513 undocumented migrants from Latin America and Asia who were crammed into two trucks bound for the United States, prosecutors in southeast Mexico said. The migrants, from Latin America, Japan, China, India and Nepal, "were traveling in inhuman conditions" in the southeastern state of Chiapas, near the Guatemalan border, the local attorney general's office said in a statement. Police stopped the trucks, carrying 240 and 273 people, on the outskirts of state capital Tuxtla Gutierrez early Tuesday, after they accelerated through a vehicle scanner at a police checkpoint, the statement said. Officers...
  • Wikileaks Exposes North American Integration Plot

    05/09/2011 3:22:05 PM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 41 replies
    The New American ^ | May 2, 2011 | Alex Newman
    snip Integration is a little-used term employed mainly by policy wonks. But while it may sound relatively harmless, it generally describes a very serious phenomenon when used in a geopolitical context — the gradual merging of separate countries under a regional authority. Similar processes are already well underway in Europe, Africa, and South America. And according to critics, the results — essentially abolishing national sovereignty in favor of supranational, unaccountable governance — have been an unmitigated disaster. But the U.S. government doesn’t think so. In North America, integration has been proceeding rapidly for years. The New American magazine was among...
  • U.S. Pays To Upgrade Mexican Trucks

    04/12/2011 5:29:40 PM PDT · by freejohn · 18 replies
    In the latest effort to accommodate its cherished trade partner in the south, the U.S. government is paying to upgrade outdated Mexican trucks that hemorrhage illegal amounts of exhaust on their trips north to deliver merchandise.
  • U.S. Pays To Upgrade Mexican Trucks (Outrageous)

    04/11/2011 1:42:59 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 43 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | April 11, 2011
    In the latest effort to accommodate its cherished trade partner in the south, the U.S. government is paying to upgrade outdated Mexican trucks that hemorrhage illegal amounts of exhaust on their trips north to deliver merchandise. The Mexican trucks enter the U.S. under a 17-year-old international trade pact known as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and they’ve created an air pollution crisis. The air quality in border towns has been especially impacted by the exorbitant levels of exhaust released by the Mexican trucks, which also fail to meet American safety standards. Since the Mexican truckers have no...
  • Mexican truck deal close to final agreement

    03/11/2011 8:14:47 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 22 replies
    HOUSTON CHRONICLE ^ | March 10, 2011, 10:15PM | RICHARD S. DUNHAM
    WASHINGTON — The final agreement to end a 2-year-old trucking dispute between the U.S. and Mexico "should be weeks, if not days" away, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said Thursday. At a lunch meeting with reporters, the highest-ranking Texan in the Obama administration said U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Mexican Transportation Minister Humberto Treviño are close to signing the deal that will end an impasse that has cost American businesses about $5 billion in retaliatory tariffs imposed by Mexico. "This could not have been better news and it could not have happened soon enough" for Texas and California agriculture...
  • U.S., Mexico reach truck deal

    03/08/2011 11:05:08 AM PST · by MissTed · 27 replies
    SignOn San Diego ^ | 3/3/11 | Elizabeth Aguilera
    President Barack Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderón agreed Thursday to remove most restrictions on trucking across the U.S.-Mexico border, sparking furor from the Teamsters and raising concerns for truckers on both sides of the border — for different reasons. The American Trucking Association praised the announcement, saying it will promote trade. The Teamsters and certain trucking companies oppose the deal, saying it sacrifices American jobs when unemployment is high so that big business can save money partly by hiring cheaper drivers. The Obama-Calderón plan comes 17 years after passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which permitted cross-border...
  • Free Trade, Made in America, I need help VANITY

    02/21/2011 12:23:56 PM PST · by JDW11235 · 20 replies
    Myself | 02/21/2011 | JDW11235
    Hey Freepers, On the subject of free trade, unions and patriotism. Earlier this morning I was thinking about the goings on in Wisconsin, and about a purchase I wanted to make later today, and I started thinking. All my life I have been told to buy things "Made in America." I have done so as much as was possible, and buy locally, if I can, but I was recently thinking about the union goings on in Wisconsin. I have been spending money on "American" tools, vehicles, clothing, foods, etc. as much as I can find, but I recently have though,...
  • U.S. agent under attack in Mexico called for help

    02/19/2011 8:41:16 AM PST · by AuntB · 33 replies
    WaPo ^ | Feb. 19, 2011 | William Booth
    MEXICO CITY - As his fellow officer was dying in the seat beside him after gunmen ambushed their vehicle this week, U.S. special agent Victor Avila, wounded himself, telephoned the U.S. Embassy here to shout that they were under attack. Avila and Jaime Zapata were traveling in an armored Chevrolet Suburban with diplomatic license plates on a popular four-lane highway four hours north of Mexico City. They were returning from a meeting with fellow agents in Monterrey, who had met them at a halfway point near San Luis Potosi to exchange technical equipment. According to U.S. officials who spoke on...
  • Turkey to set up NAFTA-like union with neighbors

    02/12/2011 6:46:57 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies
    Today's Zaman ^ | Sunday, February 13, 2011 | Ercan Yavuz, Ankara
    Turkey launched a "zero problems with neighbors" policy in 2002. The first step was to waive visas with neighbors. Since diplomatic efforts have been launched, the number of countries offering visa-free travel to Turkish citizens has risen to 61. Twelve of these visa-free travel arrangements took place under the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government's new policy. These countries are Russia, Ukraine, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Pakistan, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Georgia, Qatar and Tanzania. Thanks to the advantages that come with the new visa-free regimes, Turkey has been able to increase the trade volume with its neighbors by...
  • Exclusive Interview: Brian Mulroney remembers his friend Ronald Reagan

    02/06/2011 11:02:50 AM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 3 replies
    National Post ^ | February 4, 2010 | Tasha Kheiriddin
    Interview of the Rt. Hon. Brian Mulroney in Palm Beach, Fla., conducted by Tasha Kheiriddin on Feb 1, 2011. ---- Q: By 1984, the year you were elected, the relationship between Canada and the United States had become frosty, to put it politely. How did you set about to change that? The first time I met Ronald Reagan was in June 1984, when I was leader of the opposition. I met him for 45 minutes in the Oval Office, and he was very impressive. He had a very good command of the Canadian files that I raised, everything from acid...
  • Obama's Plan to Admit Mexican Trucks

    01/18/2011 5:21:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies ^ | January 18, 2011 | Phyllis Schlafley
    It is amazing that, with unemployment unacceptably high, the Obama administration has endorsed a plan that will cost U.S. jobs and make highway driving for Americans more dangerous and less pleasant. Barack Obama wants to admit Mexican trucks to drive on all U.S. highways and roads. Todd Spencer, executive vice president of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, explained what this means: "U.S. truckers would be forced to forfeit their own economic opportunities, while companies and drivers from Mexico, free from equivalent regulatory burdens, take over their traffic lanes." We wonder if Mexico has any regulatory standards at all. Mexican trucks...
  • It Sure Seems Like We're Done

    01/01/2011 3:39:49 PM PST · by FromLori · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 1/1/11 | Jack Curtis
    For those legislating and regulating industry out of the country and reducing our living standard back to maybe 1800 to call themselves Progressives requires a sense of humor, but in a way, they're right. Closing Post-Classical civilization to move into a new era can be called progress, at least by some. Most in the newborn Western Christian era during its early Dark Ages might not have seen it as progress but we at the intended end of its flowering of wealth and technology certainly think of it that way. History leaves no doubt that civilizations rise and fall; the fall...
  • NAFTA-gate Busted! (Obama Busted for lying about NAFTA)

    01/06/2011 6:09:00 PM PST · by GlockThe Vote · 21 replies
    Youtube ^ | January 6, 2011
    Watch this in light of the Mexican Trucking story.
  • U.S. proposes to open roads to Mexican trucks

    01/06/2011 2:42:39 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 42 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/6/11 | John Crawley - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Thursday proposed a new inspection and monitoring regime to permit long-haul trucks from Mexico on U.S. highways after years of delays over safety concerns and political wrangling. The Transportation Department's compromise seeks to revive efforts to fulfill a key provision of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which is highly unpopular with labor but supported by many businesses as a cost advantage. [ For complete coverage of politics and policy, go to Yahoo! Politics ] U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood called the plan by his agency a starting point to renew negotiations...
  • Facing Closure, U.S.'s Largest Sleeping Bag Maker Seeks Relief From Free Trade Loophole

    12/19/2010 6:38:36 PM PST · by 1rudeboy · 180 replies
    FOX News ^ | December 18, 2010 | Stephen Clark
    The country's largest manufacturer of sleeping bags says new competition from Bangladesh could force it out of business if the U.S. does not level the playing field. Exxel Outdoors Inc., which employs nearly 70 workers in its Alabama factory and makes about 2 million sleeping bags per year, has been pressing the Obama administration to lift an exemption that lets Bangladesh import sleeping bags into the country without paying a 9 percent tariff. "You can't leave an American manufacturer at a competitive disadvantage with a foreign worker," Harry Kazazian, chief executive of the company, told But that's apparently what...
  • Look Who's Now Getting Special Travel Privileges (Open Borders-North American Union)

    12/14/2010 3:06:22 PM PST · by UCFRoadWarrior · 8 replies · 1+ views
    WND ^ | December 14, 2010 | Jermone Corsi
    In a further indication that the "North American Union" agenda is quietly proceeding under what remains of the Security and Prosperity Partnership initiative in the Obama administration, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano signed, with little fanfare, an agreement in Mexico that would extend special "trusted traveler" access to the U.S. to an estimated 84 million Mexicans. "In Mexico City, Secretary Napolitano and Mexican Ministry of the Interior Secretary José Francisco Blake Mora signed an agreement expressing their intent to develop a Global Entry international trusted traveler pilot program between the United States and Mexico – leveraging the success of the United...
  • Our undefended border keeps Mexican unemployment low...while our own rises to Depression levels

    10/09/2010 10:06:11 AM PDT · by AuntB · 23 replies · 1+ views
    Examiner ^ | Oct. 4, 2010 | Dave Gibson
    For several years, Mexico has been solving their own unemployment problem by sending their jobless citizens to the United States. The result has been a low, steady rate of unemployment in Mexico since 2000. Of course, the unimpeded flow of cheap labor headed north, has had a disastrous effect on U.S. workers. Consider the following facts: -Between 1991-1999, Mexico had an average unemployment rate of 3.7 percent. Now, as economies around the world are falling apart and experiencing record joblessness, Mexico still has a relatively low unemployment rate of 5.5 percent (July 2010). -While the U.S. currently has an anemic...
  • Amtrak axes second Cascade service over high Canadian fees

    09/21/2010 3:22:20 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 24 replies
    METRO VANCOUVER ^ | Tuesday, September 21, 2010
    Washington state officials say the second Amtrak Cascades train service to Vancouver is being cancelled due to higher fees imposed by Canada. The Canadian federal government said it would require the Washington State Department of Transportation to pay nearly $550,000 a year for border-clearance services. “British Columbia and Washington are so disappointed by this news,” said Washington transportation secretary Paula Hammond. She said the second train brought an estimated $11.8 million in economic benefits to B.C. and that it doesn’t make sense to end it over $550,000. Travellers to Washington state don’t pay a U.S. customs fee.