Leon FisherThe Dismal Failure Of 'Free Trade'Tue Jan 6 09:44:24 200418.104.22.168
http://www.rense.com/general47/failure.htm The Dismal Failure Of 'Free Trade'By Leon FisherUnknown News1-5-4 Our representatives in Washington DC, voting in favor of theFortune 500, have for many years assured American workers that freetrade is going to be beneficial for them. If indeed free trade has beenso good for America, as the politicians have promised, how come we'velost millions of jobs paying a living wage and are in danger of losingmillions more? With trade treaties in place for some time now, no-one can saythat free trade has not had enough time to kick in and deliver what WallStreet and Washington promised the American worker many years before. The truth of the matter is that free trade is a complete failurefor the American worker, but successful beyond all expectations for thewealthy corporate elite. They have, in implementing these treaties,gutted and uprooted every industry in America which created andsustained a strong and prosperous middle-class, critical to the economicand political future of our country. Not only have labor-intensive jobs paying a living wagedisappeared, but now hi-tech jobs - previously thought to be secure -are at risk. The abuse of the economy, which somehow is acceptable if youcall it capitalism, as many proponents of free trade would like theworking man to believe, is in reality grand theft on a world wide scale.These corporate crooks, along with co-conspirators in the White Houseand in Congress who do their bidding, are rapidly bringing the Americanworker to his knees, creating an even bigger distance between what usedto be the middle class and the wealthy, and throwing millions more intopoverty. In order for these evil, greedy men to undermine the Americanworker they had to first ruthlessly exploit those impoverished workers,including children, in third world nations, forcing millions to worklong hours in unsafe conditions for sweatshop wages. The averageAmerican is not aware of this brutal exploitation, as all the major newsmedia in America are owned and controlled by the same banks andcorporations who are responsible for this misery in the first place - sonot surprisingly, major media makes no mention of it. As a result, every time we buy a product made in a third worldcountry we not only perpetuate this misery but also put our own economicwelfare here at home in further jeopardy. It has taken labor here inAmerica a hundred years, fighting the robber barons for a bigger pieceof the pie, to earn safe working conditions and health care benefits,and all this is being undone in a fraction of that time. These, then, are the rewards of free trade: no job security,unemployment, a lower standard of living, no health care or any otherbenefits, and for those of us who are aware of it, the human rightsabuses of workers in third world countries will continue, all in thename of free trade. If this situation is allowed to continue, however, the fat catcorporate crowd will eventually kill the goose that laid the golden egg,the American consumer. If large numbers of Americans become unemployedor have jobs which pay little more than minimum wage, there is little ornothing to spend in a consumer oriented economy. The result will beeconomic collapse. So, the next time someone tries to convince you of the benefitsof free trade, tell them to shove it where the sun don't shine. And don't vote for any of the Washington traitors, becausewithout them the corporate crooks would never have been able to screwthe American worker in the first place. © 2003, by the author.
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