Just what does free trade mean to you? Does it mean, a globalized way for someone else to take your job? It is one of thoughts that crosses my mind when I think of it.
Go ahead, tell me that I need to run for office… read my blogs from end to end and see what you think. What do I give you? my opinions. I have the balls to tell you the way I see it.
Free trade has sold me out, my job and many others’ jobs have gone to Mexico, the Philipenes,Â India, or insert country of choice.
The current administration seems to have done nothing to take care of the people. Our jobs are disappearing, the jobs left behind are being devalued, ourÂ childrenÂ (yes I know they areÂ primarilyÂ 18-24, that is still young) are losing their lives in a BS war. Granted we are in a position that we can’t just bail out on the war, even though it looks like we went in under fraudulent circumstances. The Iraqis and Afghanis are in really hard positions, we helped put them in those bad positions, but I guess that is really another blog.
We get issues buried in the papers or barely mentioned in the news in order to make time for Anna Nicoles funeral, or custody battle for how long? over a month? how much REAL news passed under the radar?
While we are distracted by a Senator getting convicted of a misdemeanor from being an ass in a men’s room and him flip flopping over his resignation… A kid cracked the iPhone code so that their users can access T-Mobile instead of JUST AT&T… Our administration opens our freeways up to Mexican truckers. Yet more jobs being impacted. While I was driving, we were told that if we were to attempt to take our truck over the Mexican border, we would spend a fair amount of time in the prison system of Mexico. Not that we really wanted to take our trucks over their poorly maintained roads or dealt with the need to bribe this official or that group to allow our drivers safe passage. So now we have drivers hauling loads of all types (yes,Â hazardousÂ materialsÂ included) anywhere in our country, without even knowing our language.
Do you have any special instruction signs in your area? I know that in the area where I live, we have tunnels that prohibit various substances, but they are posted.
Hmmm… Do we think that we have a hope in Hell that the drivers will be able to read those directions?
This also has an opportunity to add to the illegal immigration issue. Now they can just have a co-driver that they can bring across the border and deliver them where they want to be dropped off.
What does “free trade” give us?Oh let me see… cheap toys for Mattel to recall because Chinese companies can’t figure out that lead is NOT a chew toy, and they poison our pets but not having the common sense to actually clean theÂ conveyorÂ belt after producing toxic substances before starting to run pet food production… Which also begs the question… WHY do you make poison in the same factory as FOOD? Even if it is pet food, in some places those pets ARE food. Wy add the toxins to the food chain? Then as a future topic China has preferred nation status…. Why, who did they…
If free trade is supposed to reduce trade barriers between Canada, The United States, and Mexico, the why is our trade increasing with non NAFTA countries more than with NAFTA counties?
Well history shows that the country with the strong industrial sector, has the strong financial base. hen we started sending our factories overseas, we lost that edge. The money just keeps leaving our pockets, communities, states and country.
Factory after factory gone, call centers, customer service centers, even sate and localÂ governmentÂ is outsourcing. Do you know how embarrassing it is to have your unemployment office staff being laid off due to outsourcing? WOW!
It is my belief that this President and his staff mishandled the economy when he took the reins (and at the same time I admit that the economy was due to turn) when he was “handed” the job. In the effort to save the economy, the interest rates had to be dropped so low that the mortgage companies are having problems working with the razor thin margins on top of the enormous salaries being given to executives. If you add the numbers of families unable to live on the wages that have been devalued in the process, and the change in the constitutional protections to us… Remember the bankruptcy laws? Where Bush pushed to severely limited our forefathers efforts to protect us by giving us a way to reset our financial positions, it set the stage for the record number of foreclosures that we are seeing today. Will we have to have a bailout of theÂ mortgageÂ companies, like we say in the savings and loan industry or Chrysler? How much will that cost us?
Many of us want to “Buy American”, but simply can’t afford to.
We end up having to buy at Wal-Mart or Target or other major store filled with cheap foreign crap. Not that we American are too well known for our high quality products of late… we all need to take pride in the work that we do, so that our products can make people want to pay the extra dollar, yen, peso, yuan, baht or whatever currency for our goods.
No, there is most assuredly a heavy cost to “free trade”.