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

N.O.R.M. enters rebuttal to FDA presumptions on Federal Register


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“FDA is not and, by the construction of this government, cannot be authorized to determine its own jurisdiction. It must operate within the bounds of the administrative structure authorized by the legislative power harmonious with the limited, delegated powers identified in our constitutional system.”


June 7, 2010
RE: FDA-2010-N-0085
To Whom it may concern:
This document is submitted by:

National Organization for Raw Materials (NORM, http://www.normeconomics.org)

and:  See list below for names of those submitting)


This comment seeks to inform the development of an FDA regulation establishing “safety standards for fresh produce at the farm and packing house” and sanctions for non-compliance. In doing so, it rebuts the jurisdictional presumption through which, under the guise of “food safety,” FDA seeks to vastly exceed the reach of its federal regulatory sphere of action.

Federal executive regulatory power is seated in and restricted to the delegations specified within the Constitution. As stated in Art. I, §8, cl. 18, “Congress shall have power to make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers, and all other powers vested by this Constitution in the government of the United States, or in any department or officer thereof.” Regulatory jurisdiction statutorily delegated to any agency cannot exceed the jurisdiction of the legislative authority as constitutionally specified. More

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