Pledges Wide-Open Free Trade for Hemisphere at Quebec City Summit
Chinas arrogance on downing U.S. Plane may
set stage for MFN Trade Status Loss
By William J. Gill, President
American Coalition for Competitive Trade, Inc.
President George W. Bush carried Bill Clintons model for merging the U. S. economy
with all Latin America to the hemispheric conference of 34 heads-of- state and made an
impassioned plea for them to help him ram the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA)
through our Congress.
Actually, Bush must get Fast Track authority to negotiate the monster treaty first. And it
became clear at the Quebec summit he will elevate that to his No. 1 priority once the
tax-cut bill clears the Senate.
Senator Charles E. Grassley (R-IA), chairman of
the Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over trade legislation, said his panel could
approve Fast Track next month or in early July. Now known by the euphemism
trade-promotion authority (TPA), it would give bush dictatorial power over the
FTAA negotiating process. When the treaty is finally hammered out with the 33 other
countries Congress can only vote it up or down with limited debate and no amendments. But
the most critical vote will be on Fast Track debate and it is now almost certain to come
up in the House and Senate by the fall.
Our ACCT coalition of 22 organizations with an
aggregate membership of over 500,000 citizens, plus other patriotic, agricultural, labor
and environmental groups, educated enough people on the dangers of Fast Track to defeat it
in the House 243-to-180 in 1998, thus slowing the globalist march into world government.
This time, with both the AFL-CIOs John
Sweeney and House Democrat leader Richard Gephardt wavering on the issue, ACCT must mount
an even more extensive educational campaign if Fast Track is to be defeated ...again.
Further evidence of the Democrat Congressional
leaderships willingness to sell out American workers, farmers and our national
sovereignty came in the wake of Quebec summit. Senate minority leader Tom Daschle (D-SD),
was quoted as saying, Fast Track trade authority is a real possibility so long as it
recognizes other elements (i.e., labor and environmental concerns) we have to take into
account. I have always expressed a willingness to provide the president any
president with Fast Track and Im hopeful we can do it again.
The last time Congress granted it was to the
first President George Bush in 1991 and that is what gave us the disastrous NAFTA treaty
in 1993 and the GATT treaty that produced the World Trade Organization (WTO) one year
later. ACCT was the very first to sound the alarm and if it had been heeded with
sufficient funds for expanded education on NAFTA and GATT/WTO they would have been
defeated. A change of 18 House votes would have killed NAFTA!
All contributors to ACCT this month will receive
our April 1991 newsletter, Mexican Roulette, which revealed the primary motive
behind NAFTA to enable those (Latin American countries) to pay off, or at a
minimum, service the hundreds of millions of debt dollars they owe U.S. banks. This
was admitted at a Senate hearing presided over by Senator Jesse Helms (R-NC) on the 1991
Fast Track that I Attended. The revealing confession was made by David Mulford, then Under
Secretary of the Treasury, and prime mover for NAFTA and GATT/WTO in the Bush I
administration. Lest we forget: George Bush I signed NAFTA and passed it on to Bill
Clinton to ram through Congress. Our Mexican Roulette newsletter is worth a careful read
to find what is really behind globalisms suicidal drive into world government.
George II Bush is, tragically, just as
fanatically devoted to free trade as his father. Do either of them realize the
price we must ultimately pay for this is Americas sovereignty? I doubt it. In spite
of all the evidence of what NAFTA and the WTO and our trade policy generally have done to
hollow out the U.S. economy and our defense industrial base, the Bushes remain committed
to what Bill Buckley once confessed to me in a letter is his Free Trade
theology. It is, quite obviously, the Bush theology too. Ironically, this
blind faith of otherwise sensible conservatives in free trade was once shared and promoted
by Karl Marx who know it would destroy the sovereignty of all nations and hand their
governments over to the One World Communist state Marx envisioned.
The present President Bush, after signing the
Free Trade Area of the Americas declaration in Quebec City April 22, had this to say about
his quest for Americas merger with Latin America:
We have a choice to make. We can combine in a common market so we can compete in the
long term with the Far East and Europe. Or we can go on our own. Going on our own is not
the right way. Combining in a market on our own hemisphere government and its armed forces
dependent upon Japan, Germany and a host of others for key components in our high-tech
military planes, ships and submarines? Or upon communist China for the black berets U.S.
Army soldiers will all soon be wearing?
Moreover, at the Quebec Summit,. George Bush and
the 33 other heads-of-state proudly signed a democracy clause of their
declaration. It stated: The values and practices of democracy are fundamental to the
advancement of all our objectives. A veteran ACCT member in Texas, on reading this
called to ask the pertinent question, What about China? My response was
When it comes to trade with China democracy and all human rights are just waved
away. By the same people who signed the Quebec Summit Declaration!
AAM is a part of the American Coalition for Competitive Trade. They are
changing their name to Americans for Trade Defense. They do oppose PNT with China.