Wednesday, October 22, 2008

McCain on free trade

Senator McCain, when will you realize that it is un-American to continually send all of our manufacturing jobs overseas? When there is nothing left to make here, and all of our call centers are in India, how exactly do you propose our American citizens are going to be able to make a living?

John McCain on Free Trade:
Voted YES on free trade agreement with Oman.
Voted YES on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade.
Voted YES on establishing free trade between US & Singapore.
Voted YES on establishing free trade between the US and Chile.
Voted YES on extending free trade to Andean nations.
Voted YES on granting normal trade relations status to Vietnam.
Voted NO on removing common goods from national security export rules.
Voted YES on permanent normal trade relations with China.
Voted YES on expanding trade to the third world.
Voted YES on renewing 'fast track' presidential trade authority.
Voted NO on imposing trade sanctions on Japan for closed market.

John McCain is Pro-NAFTA, pro-GATT, pro-MFN, pro-Fast Track
John McCain promotes the Andean Free Trade Agreement.
John McCain is Rated 100% by CATO, indicating a pro-free trade voting record.
John McCain sponsored bill for trade with post-Orange Revolution Ukraine.

"Free trade is indispensable to our prosperity.
We are in a global marketplace, and that is exceptionally good news for American families. Withdrawing from it is not just inadvisable, it is impossible. Free trade is indispensable to our prosperity. In other words, the less America trades the
poorer America will be. Millions of American jobs are created by the export of American goods and services. Millions more jobs are created in companies that depend on goods and services that are imported here at lower cost than we can manufacture them." John McCain in Speech to National Press Club, 5/20/99

International Trade Buzzwords

  • 'Fast-Track' means authorizing the President to sign trade deals with a single yes-or-no Congressional vote after only limited debate.
    Supporting Fast-Track implies the speaker supports free trade.
  • 'Fair Trade' means placing restrictions on imports based on environmental, labor, or other concerns.
    Supporting Fair Trade implies the speaker is against free trade.
  • 'Trade Deficits' mean that the US imports more than we export to a particular country.
    Concern over trade deficits implies supporting trade restrictions against Mexico, Japan, and East Asia, with whom the US has large trade deficits.


  • The North American Free Trade Agreement of 1994 establishes a free-trade zone between the US, Canada, and Mexico.
  • A 'free trade zone' means that goods can cross the border in either direction without tariffs or taxes of any kind.
  • Canada is the largest trading partner of the US, accounting for over 25% of both our imports and exports.
  • Mexico & Japan account for about 15% each; Europe combined for about 20%; and East Asia combined for about 15%.
  • NAFTA passed with some important compromises to protect the environment and labor standards; these are refered to as 'Side Agreements.'
  • In 1994, President Clinton invited Chile to join NAFTA as the next step toward a Free Trade Zone for the Americas.
  • In 2001, President Bush formalized the proposal of expanding NAFTA to a Free Trade Area for the Americas, encompassing 34 countries and 800 million people by 2005.

    GATT & WTO

  • The World Trade Organization is an international organization intended to reduce trade barriers, formed in 1995.
  • The General Agreement on Trade and Tariffs is the international treaty which preceded the WTO's formation; it began in 1947.
  • The 'Uruguay Round' was the most recently completed round of GATT negotiations, completed in 1994.
  • Negotiations to start a new 'Round' took place in Seattle in Dec. 1999, but were disrupted by riots.
  • WTO members (which includes the US and most industrialized countries) grant each other 'MFN' or Most Favored Nation status, which means minimal import tariffs.


  • 'Globalization' refers generally to free trade, open borders, improved communication and transportation, and the commerce implications of the Internet.
  • Specifically, anti-globalization advocates refer to the negative aspects of free trade on environmental and labor standards.
    At issue is that open borders cause corporations to seek out the lowest environmental and labor standards to minimize production costs, thereby pressuring for lower standards globally.
  • Anti-globalization advocates primarily focus on the secrecy of WTO proceedings, but also criticize other international trade organizations as too favorable to corporate interests.
  • Anti-globalization protests have been particularly effective since a large protest at a WTO meeting in Seattle in late 1999. The 2001 WTO meeting was held in Qatar (in the Persian Gulf) partially to make protest more difficult b its remoteness.
  • While the anti-corporate aspect of anti-globalization is primarily a liberal cause, many conservatives join the anti-globalization movement on grounds of protection of national sovereignty.
    At issue is that the WTO and international trade agreements override national law, and hence place the US Congress and the US President subordinate to an unelected foreign organization.
    'Anti-Dumping Laws'

  • Dumping: A country sells goods in the US at costs lower than they are sold in the home country, presumably with the intent of capturing market share.
  • Countervailing Duties: The US imposes import tariffs -- often 100% or more -- on goods which the government determines have been dumped.
  • In the last 4 years, the federal government found dumping in 107 cases, mostly steel from Asia but also on European bananas, and imposed countervailing duties.

    How do we fix the financial problem?
    Jobs, baby, Jobs!

  • Buy USA made!

    End the Regime.
    Nov 4th VOTE
    Obama Biden!

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