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Equity of Trade Versus Free Trade

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by Thayne Cozart
Director of Communications, National Organization for Raw Materials

The U.S. has a huge trade imbalance with most trading nations. The imbalance is not in agriculture, although many food products — both raw and processed — enter the U.S. at prices below those for comparable U.S.-grown foodstuffs.

To a large degree the imbalance is in manufactured goods. One reason is that many nations have lower costs of production — based upon a lower standard of living, cheap labor, inexpensive raw materials, protective government policy, etc. Multinationals who have moved their plants to foreign locations enjoy the best of both worlds — inexpensive manufacturing costs and unlimited access to the world’s biggest consumer market, the USA.

Our laissez-faire trade stance, when coupled with many nations’ protective trade stances and the inherent disparity of living standards around the world, is proving to be a recipe for ever-increasing trade deficits. Exacerbating the situation, GATT and NAFTA are proving difficult to implement when other nations improvise phony trade issues and drag their feet at every opportunity. Bottom line, the U.S. is having problems with free trade.

There is an alternative to free trade. It’s called EQUITY OF TRADE. It would work like this: More

s.510….The Testor Amendment added to the Managers Amendment

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NOTE: Infected eggs are in the news as we send this message. This once again demonstrates our contention that industrial farms are riskier than small farms. That’s one reason we work so hard to protect small farms from federal regulations that industrial farms can afford, but small farms cannot. Speaking of which . . .

The routine is getting familiar . . .

1. We tell you that Senate bill S.510, the so-called Food Safety bill, could be coming up for a vote.

2. You ask your Senators to oppose the bill, or to offer amendments to protect small businesses and farms.

3. Panicked by the public opposition, the Senate postpones the vote.

4. Several weeks later we all repeat steps 1 through 3.

Well, it’s happening again. We understand that S.510 will likely be put to a vote in September.

But this time, the bill will have many of the changes we demanded!

Although S.510 should still be opposed, we should also encourage Congress to retain the good changes that have been made to the bill, just in case it passes. Please send Congress a letter about this using our Preserve the Freedom to Farm campaign.

You may borrow from or copy this letter . . .

I oppose S.510 because we need FEWER regulations. A free market backed by criminal and civil penalties for fraud and negligence will hold food producers to the highest standards. That’s because in a free market, consumers will avoid producers with bad reputations.

I am, however, pleased with the changes made in the Manager’s Amendment to S.510. With these changes . . . http://help.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/WHI10337.pdf

* Only foods already regulated by the FDA will be subject to S.510 — the firewall between the FDA and USDA-regulated foods will be maintained
* Farms, restaurants, and other businesses that were not already designated food “facilities,” as defined by the Bio-terrorism Act of 2002, will not need to register with the FDA. http://thehill.com/images/stories/blogs/smallfarms.pdf
* Farms engaged in low or no risk activities will be exempted from new regulatory requirements
* The compliance burden for small producers has been minimized
* The FDA is prohibited from requiring farms and other food facilities to hire consultants to write food safety plans
* Food that is direct marketed from farmers to consumers and stores will be exempt from the tracking and record keeping requirements, as will food that has labeling that preserves the identity of the farm that produced the food
* The FDA cannot require farms to keep records beyond the point where the product leaves the farm More

Equity of Trade Versus Free Trade

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by Thayne Cozart
Director of Communications, National Organization for Raw Materials

The U.S. has a huge trade imbalance with most trading nations. The imbalance is not in agriculture, although many food products — both raw and processed — enter the U.S. at prices below those for comparable U.S.-grown foodstuffs.

To a large degree the imbalance is in manufactured goods. One reason is that many nations have lower costs of production — based upon a lower standard of living, cheap labor, inexpensive raw materials, protective government policy, etc. Multinationals who have moved their plants to foreign locations enjoy the best of both worlds — inexpensive manufacturing costs and unlimited access to the world’s biggest consumer market, the USA.

Our laissez-faire trade stance, when coupled with many nations’ protective trade stances and the inherent disparity of living standards around the world, is proving to be a recipe for ever-increasing trade deficits. Exacerbating the situation, GATT and NAFTA are proving difficult to implement when other nations improvise phony trade issues and drag their feet at every opportunity. Bottomline, the U.S. is having problems with free trade. More

The final phase before the emergence of the North American Union

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The coming collapse of our nation is no accident.

 

What is about to befall us is no accident.  The planning that has gone into the destruction of not only our economy, but our sovereignty as a nation has been carefully staged to make it appear almost accidental and will presented as the only way out.

 

The Security & Prosperity Partnership that erodes our sovereignty is not an accident and neither is the intent to merge the US, Canada and Mexico into one big corporately controlled region which recognizes neither sovereignty nor national identity.

 

To facilitate this coup, successive congresses have ceded their authority not only to the executive, but also to government agencies created for the sole purpose of implementing various aspects of this coup intended to dismantle individual pieces of the plan.  Then over the last eight years, our economy was intentionally brought to the edge of ruin;  an edge that will never see us returned to our former state.

 

The bailout bills, stimulus bills are all focused on maintaining the same institutions and agencies that have created the crisis.  All the admonishments we have been subjected to regarding globalization, free markets, free trade, capitalism and how necessary these things were to a thriving economy have shown themselves to be nothing more than the tools for destroying one economy after another while a select few benefited enormously at everyone else’s expense.  Again, this was no accident.

 

If any one of the arguments for the unmitigated greed that has taken place were actually true……why didn’t we, in a free capitalist, free market, free trading, no interference in corporate business……let these businesses go down just like we are letting homeowners and workers?  Just like we are allowing small businesses and enterprises to?

 

While we bail out one corrupt sector after another not one of those concerned politicians offered up the idea of borrowing a trillion dollars to bail out main street.  That would be unconscionable…that would be socialism! Or worse…communism!  But we have no problem with fascism.  We castigate homeowners who overextended themselves, but reward predatory lenders, mismanaged investment companies, banks and insurance companies.  We reward international corporations with multi-billion dollar subsidies and tax credits and breaks while they post billions in corporate profits and then we take part in the social disparaging of those who are on welfare. 

 

We are throwing what will amount to trillions of dollars into the coffers of businesses and individuals who should have been hung publicly for the damage they have done to our nation, but who were instead rewarded for their greed.  And, to add insult to injury….they expect us to finance this debt.  But I have these questions:

 

Why are these companies who got these funds not held liable for repaying them?  If throwing this money into them will make them profitable again….why can’t they repay these loans from their profits rather than taxpayers? 

 

Not one of those individuals who created this supposed crisis has had to give up anything….not assets, homes, cars, yachts, jets….nothing. 

 

On the other hand……how many of you got to keep your home, cars, or anything else you had when you realized you had hit bottom?  Did anyone offer to bail you out?  To borrow money and hold your neighbors responsible for paying it back?

 

Our government as a whole has acted not to protect us, but instead aligned itself with those who they believe will substantially reward them for their efforts.

 

In order for the North American Union to replace the sovereign United States, we had to be destroyed….otherwise we would never accept the conversion.  We have to lose our jobs, our homes, and soon our access to food.  We have to be humbled, made submissive and threatened with our very existence.  We have to have everything we have known, everything we believed in; even our freedom taken from us to make us quietly accept the conversion from free sovereign nation to one of corporate controlled region.

 

We are on the verge of collapse and life as we have known it is about to change radically.  At some point, when enough of us are hungry, homeless and without hope the political corporate monster that we have allowed the government to morph into will show itself.  Those who speak for this monster will start out by saying, ….”We have to act quickly to protect the American people…..at this point I would suggest you make the decision whether to try to run or to stand up and fight for what is rightfully yours.

 

© 2009 Marti Oakley

 

 

 

The WAR ON TERROR, or….The War Against the American People

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A war of terror is being waged on our southern border.  Drug cartels are kidnapping, killing and terrorizing American citizens in communities along that border.  Hit lists, the murder or prosecution of border agents adds to the list of terrorist activities. 

 

But wait!  We have the Patriot Acts 1 & 2 to scare those terrorists away!  We have the Military Commissions Act!  The John Warner Defense Authorization Act of 2007, the FISA spying bill, and even the Civil Assistance Plan with Canada and Mexico so that their militaries can be brought here and used in the event of a national emergency….against us!  We have all of these and many more, plus many in the works supposedly to thwart those evil terrorists and to keep us safe from being attacked again……only all these bills are directed at us, not the terrorists.  The only people they have any adverse affect on, is us.  The only people that need to fear these kinds of laws…are the people of the United States.

 

So if I understand all of this correctly, its ok to attack our communities on the border, to kill or attempt to kill our border agents, to jump the border and enter the country illegally, to assault or kill anyone who interferes with drug cartel free trade and ok to unconstitutionally and illegally extend an invitation to the military of a foreign country to perform active duty on our sovereign soil against us.  But we can’t send an armed military force of our own to patrol and secure that border and defend the communities along that border. 

 

Strange, but I thought all this unconstitutional legislation and dictatorial power given to el presidente was to keep us safe from things like this.  Isn’t that the excuse given for why we should willingly give up our civil liberties?  Why spy agencies are now spying on American citizens? Why the FBI is compiling personal dossiers on every person?  Why Homeland Security wants us all tagged like cattle and why they are compiling lists of American citizens deemed to be “suspect” for speaking out? 

 

The military police can be called in for a flood but not for a war on our southern border? 

Isn’t it strange that during the recent flooding in Iowa, “military police” were patrolling the streets in full riot gear armed with assault weapons, and making it apparent that this was a test run of martial law and few took note of this?  I guess Iowans should be thankful that Blackwater or CACI wasn’t called in. 

 

As the war on the border escalates, I can only assume that the drug lords are joyously celebrating the construction of the NAFTA highway that will cut up through the heartland of the country giving them unfettered access.  No wonder they are so adamant about maintaining their free trade status.  Personally, I think they should form corporations which would give them expanded access to our government, allow them to lobby and pay for laws they want passed to benefit their free trading.  Instead of meeting resistance at the border while plying their drug trade, el presidente could order our military to the border to make sure the drugs are brought across safely, ensuring the drug, free trade policy operates as smoothly as possible.  After all, our military is used to wage wars for oil cartels…..why not drug cartels?

 

Is this any less ludicrous than what is actually happening?  How screwed up do things have to get?

 

The idea that our government has entered into agreements with foreign governments against the legal citizens of the United States, just in case we get really pissed off and actually stand up and demand the corruption ends, should have had all of us storming the streets and should have seen many members of congress and the Bush administration jailed for treason.  The idea that this agreement was entered into, illegally, and is accepted and condoned if only by the silence from congress, while our entire southern border is under siege and left undefended is untenable. 

 

What about this phony “War on Terror”?  If the situation on our southern border is not terrorist activity…..what is it?  United States citizens are being attacked and/or killed.  Our border patrol is being attacked and/or killed.  And all of this by criminals whose intent is to sell drugs in our communities or kill us trying.  Sound like terrorism to you?

 

If this situation points out no other thing, it surely has to be that the “War on Terror” is really a “war OF Terror” brought to you courtesy of your own government.   While American citizens are threatened with military force for dissenting, protesting, speaking out or otherwise opposing this fascist regime that has taken control of our country, Mexican drug lords are attacking our border and its citizens without fear of reprisal. 

 

I find it odd that our National Guard can be sent all the way to the other side of the world to fight a previously non-existent enemy for a non-existent crime; they can bomb, shoot, set fire to, blow up, mow down and in a thousand different ways eradicate an entire indigenous population because they refused to let multi-national oil cartels raid their oil deposits and no one seems to think there is anything wrong with this.  But we can’t take the same National Guard units, arm them and put them on our border to defend it from drug traffickers and illegal entry into this country of millions of opportunists.

 

Let’s get this straight.  There is no War on Terror!  There is only a war against you and me and every other citizen of this country that has been the focus of every rights robbing piece of legislation, every instance of the failure of government to act to protect us.  We are the “terrorists” referred to.  We are the intended recipients of military force, of martial law, as we are the people that represent a threat to this government.

 

If you think this situation is out of control now, just wait till that NAFTA highway divides our country and provides a route straight into Canada. 

 

© 2008 Marti Oakley

 

While Congress Fiddles and Hums…….

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While congress fiddles and hums and comes up with ever more ways of wasting money and time, and taking away more of our constitutional protections, not one of those jackass’s has made any relevant effort to clamp down either on Wall Street or (god forbid!) the oil companies.  While American taxpayers get raped at the pump, the oil companies…..the corporate whores that they are….are raking in billions in profits while also availing themselves of unneeded and unnecessary tax credits and subsidies.  Congress, acting like a collection of submissive pimps, just can’t find the spine to slap them down.

While MSM sings the tale of woe about how those damned enviromentalists are the cause of high gas prices, and clueless right wing hacks sing the praises of globalism and free trade, American consumers whether left or right are paying the price.  Maybe at some future date when gas prices approach $5.00 per gallon, and food is unaffordable it will dawn on those remaining individuals out here that free trade amounts to a free ride for corporations and the wealthy.  For you and me, free trade is a one way ticket to economic hell.

I have to ask this: 

With another 450,000 jobs lost just in June due to outsourcing, offshoring, business downsizing or closings……and rising gas and food prices along with almost every other item that affects our daily lives……do you still think that unregulated free trade is a good deal?  How many of us have to lose our homes, our jobs, our health coverage and everything WE have worked for before it occurs to us that this method of operation is killing us off?

Free trade has one objective; the economic destruction of virtually every economy in the world.  The current inflated price of oil, even as supplies have remained steady should have been the proverbial slap to the head for those who still cling to the idea that somehow, regulating trade to protect our economy and our future as a nation, is a bad idea.  How badly do you have to be squeezed before you can admit supply side economics is a national disaster?

Just today on MSM there were reports of test programs that allow people to “lock in” gas prices at the current level by paying in advance.  IF the prices go up which I can assure you they will, this could be a good deal.  If they go down…not so much.  Here’s the clinker in this which seemed to pass by the reporters altogether:  If gas prices can be locked in at a specific price……why can’t gas be capped at a certain price?  After all, if the oil companies can afford to allow advanced purchasing of gas at what might be a price lower than that at the pump…wouldn’t that indicate that all the price hikes are actually cases of price rigging?  And not necessarily due to whether or not they can drill in someplace other than the 68 million acres they already have access to, known to have deposits? 

Its bad enough that there are still people out here who, even when faced with impending economic collapse of our country, still beat the free trader drum.  The incessant ramblings of paid political hacks who masquerade as “broadcasters” while pumping the public full of misinformation and propaganda seems to never end, most likely because they still find people gullible enough to buy into the false notion that free trade is benefiting anyone other than the elite.

Congress, while voting to fund the bailout of corrupt mortgage companies, voting to give immunity to telecoms and the Bush administration, voting time after time to pass amnesty against the wishes of the majority of Americans, voting to continue funding the war in Iraq, voting for anything and everything except protecting what is left of the middle class and taxpayers, doesn’t seem to realize that if we go down, we will have no use for them.  There won’t be a congress.  Frankly, I believe we have reached the point where congress has become such an enemy of the people that it should be done away with altogether.  It no longer functions as it was intended, and no longer represents the American people.

We have to realize that if we are to survive as a nation, as a viable economic force in the world, we cannot continue to allow corporate free trade pillaging of our country.  I hear so many disparage protectionism and it seems to me that if we do not engage in protectionism we will cease to exist as a nation.  At some point we have to circle the wagons and decide to protect ourselves.  We can’t allow trade deficits, or for multinational corporations to artificially create windfall profits because so many of us have been suckered into thinking that regulation is not conducive to capitalism. 

With all the free trading that has gone on in the last seven years and the devastation it has brought nationwide including the growing recession, how can anyone still support this malignant line of thinking?  Think about that when you pull up to another gas pump and pay through the nose for enough gas to get you to work while subsidizing the oil cartels and while congress fiddles and hums.

Marti Oakley (c) 2008

The Great Oil Scam

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I could have seen this one coming a mile off.  Maybe even further.  CHINA is collaborating with CUBA (gasp!!) to drill for oil in OUR Gulf of Mexico.  Only where they are supposedly going to drill is within the 50 miles of territorial waters that belong to Cuba, not the U.S.   And no one mentioned that the plans for drilling are years away not only in implementation, but even more so in production. 

But you’re scared now, right?  Now you’re mad as hell at those enviromentalist that have been blocking the drilling for oil in the gulf, ANWAR, Colorado, Utah, Montana, and Wyoming.  Gosh.  You are so easily duped.

Even if the ANWAR fields were to begin construction today, it would take ten years to see any production from those fields and there is an estimated one years worth of oil there.  Of course we tax payers would have to subsidize all that construction and drilling, and the Fed would have to give oil cartels billions more in tax breaks. 

There are currently 60 million acres owned by oil producers within the US, known to have vast oil reserves under them.  That’s 60 million acres that could have been under construction and well on their way to refinery.  Of course most of what is owned in Montana and Wyoming is owned at least in part, if not fully, by VP Cheney under one of the multiple corporations he uses to conduct his rape and pillage of the US economy. Of course, this would take another ten years minimally to begin producing.

OPEC has been bounced around as the reason for high oil prices too.  Only OPEC has not increased their prices; only kept their production at the current rate and refused to increase the amount of oil they put on the market at any one time.  That’s just good business.  All you free-trader’s who think unregulated trade is such a good deal can at least appreciate the supply and demand aspect of this.  And keep in mind, if it was Mobil/Exxon that was refusing to increase supply so that the price remained steady you would think that was just great.

There is another aspect to this that is more subtle, and most likely more lethal.  By creating an oil shortage and allowing the price of a barrel to exceed its actual real value, many Americans might rethink their opposition to the Iraq war in favor of lower gas prices which could be expected if we just admitted we were there to steal their oil and went ahead and razed the entire country and openly took it over, dispensing with the puppet government we installed.  At a possible $5.00 per gallon of gas…….how many of us would be screaming for war with Iran?  After all, they have some of the largest known oil deposits in the world. 

With oil cartels reporting the largest profits in history of any corporation ever known there is no reason that we have to continue subsidizing them with billions of taxpayer dollars or why they should be receiving billions in tax credits.  In fact, these corporations should be penalized for failing and refusing to build refineries over the last twenty years. 

The current gas prices cannot, and will not be solved by drilling in the Gulf, ANWAR or anywhere else for that matter.  Not drilling in these places has not caused the current hike in gas prices.  Beginning drilling construction in these areas now will not ease the current squeeze on American consumers, and it won’t for many years to come. 

Like the building food crisis and shortage, the oil crisis has been carefully staged.  None of this is accidental and the intent is not to reduce gas prices or to make oil more readily available.  The intent is to collapse the economy of the US. 

We have already seen the collpase of our housing markets.  We are preparing for a created food crisis we are told is coming if not already here. Legislation is pending to take control of our water rights and supplies so that they can be privatized and now we have an energy crisis. 

Housing, food, water and energy.   Basically the foundations of our lives are under assault from within our own country.  All these planned shortages, prices hikes, rigged markets, mortgage frauds, water theft, food shortages and inflated gas prices have been carefully planned and implemented to make us more readily accepting of the North American Union and the New World Order. 

There are those in our government and those behind the scenes who will stop at nothing until they have devastated this country from coast to coast, border to border, and then some.  We are being crushed and destroyed not by terrorists from “over there”, but from those within our own borders who have neither allegiance nor loyalty to the US and Who could care less what we endure.

To correct the current created crisis i would suggest these things:

1. Repeal all tax breaks and subsidies for all oil cartels.

2. Institute a Windfall Profits Tax to prevent oil cartels from artificially inflating the market.

3. Fine and penalize oil cartels that seem to be able to plan for future shortages but have failed to construct, build or maintain adequate refineries, or to drill oil deposits they already have access to.

4.  Cap the price per gallon of gas. 

Now I know these suggestions just lit the fires under the “free-traders”.  At some point you have to conclude that free trade is not the same as fair trade in a free market.  Without regulation, without oversight, free trade is devastating our economy and killing off our country.  As gas prices rise, as corporate profits rise even higher our economy will come to a grinding halt.  Exactly what is intended.

Ask yourself what good a free market without fair trade regulations is to you if you can no longer support yourself or your family because the cost of just living has risen so high?  At some point we have to conclude that remaining viable is far more important than becoming subservient. 

Marti Oakley (c)2008

 

 

 

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