“Trade agreements” like NAFTA and the WTO, plus the growing number initiated by George Bush, are premeditated attacks by the corporate/government alliance designed to destroy “the social contract that allows the benefits of capitalism to be broadly shared.” [Jeff Faux, The Global Class War, 2006]
When Bush gives American citizens that smirk and tells them that free trade will create good-paying jobs for American workers or that 20 million illegal aliens will only do jobs that Americans won’t do, he’s lying.
Trade agreements have cost American workers millions of jobs to illegal aliens from Mexico, H-1B visas from India and outsourcing to factories in China and other third world countries. Wages have dropped as a result. If this 2007 amnesty bill is passed, the number of foreign workers, many from Mexico, will soar.
Ask yourself if all these foreign workers are getting paid much lower wages and little or no benefits, how will Americans get good paying jobs, or for that matter, any jobs at all?
Consider this. America’s corporate elite are moving fast to cut their ties with the United States and its citizens as they seek to become managers of global corporations. A sample of Fortune 500 company managers “roundly rejected” the following statement:
“Multinational corporations are not really multinational. They are national companies with units abroad.”
The sampling of corporate leaders revealed that they “considered their corporations to be in a transitional state between the multinational corporation and the global corporation.” [Sklair, The Transnational Capitalist Class, p.73]
There would be a “globalizing moment” when they would “stop thinking and acting primarily in terms of ” ‘developing foreign markets and meeting competition from abroad’ and begin thinking about ‘competitive strategies for global marketing.’
At this moment, “the corporation becomes intentionally stateless, breaking from its national culture.” There is no bond between the corporation, the nation or its citizens.
For example, Alex Trotman, former head of Ford Motor Company, said in 1995, “Ford isn’t even an American company…We’re global. We’re investing all over the world. Forty percent of our employees already live and work outside the United States, and that’s rising. Our managers are international. We teach them to think and act globally.” [ Robert B. Reich, Locked in the Cabinet, New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1997, p.275]
For the United States it means becoming part of a trading region (North America or the Western Hemisphere) where corporations “do business–like any other place.” Corporate leaders and their government co-conspirators in the United States, Mexico and Canada no longer have an allegiance to their nation.
Sovereignty is being transferred to organizations created by the alliance under NAFTA and the SPP of North America (based on the CFR plan for Building a North American Community). They are following the path of the European Union, which now has a constitution and is currently consolidating control over its member states.
George Bush has pushed this merger of North America as well as a merger of the Western Hemisphere (FTAA). On March 23, 2005, he said:
“In order to make sure the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas has a chance to succeed, it is important to show the sovereign nations in South America that trade has worked amongst the three of us.” (SPP, Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America). He added that CAFTA (Central American Free Trade Agreement) is an “important part” of this hemispheric merger (FTAA).
American corporate leaders are not interested in the prosperity of American workers.
“In today’s flatter world, many key U.S companies now make most of their profits abroad and can increasingly recruit the best (and cheapest) talent in the world today without ever hiring another American.” [Thomas Friedman, ‘C.E.O.s, M.I.A.’, New York Times, May 25, 2005, p. 25
Powerful forces are at work to destroy the “American way of life.” They include: the current immigration (amnesty) bill, the SPP (a North American union), integration with the western Hemisphere, and deep economic integration with the European Union, an agreement signed by George Bush and leaders of the EU at the White House on April 30, 2007 and is now being implemented.
The goal of this corporate/government alliance is to increase profits for corporations without the restraints imposed by national laws and regulations. This is being done at the expense of the worker and the environment. If you are an American worker, the good times are coming to an end.
Jorge Castaneda’s comment on the NAFTA applies to all trade agreements. It is “an accord among magnates and potentates: an agreement for the rich and powerful in the United States, Mexico, and Canada, an agreement effectively excluding ordinary people in all three societies.’