Stop the FTAA!  
Exporting American Jobs
By John F. McManus

Source: The New American, September 21, 1992


In the midst of a recession with ten million Americans out of work, George Bush announced on August 12th the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) by the United States, Canada, and Mexico. If passed by Congress, the agreement will make it far easier for American jobs to be sent to Mexico.

Columnists, analysts, and politicians have been practically unanimous in supporting the move, which they admit contains both "pluses and minuses." Business leaders approve of the measure, while organized labor fears that American jobs will be lost.

Nowhere, sad to say, do any of the mass media's experts even hint that NAFTA amounts to another step toward George Bush's "new world order." The chief principle being ignored here is that economic union precedes political union. And the treaty is a giant step toward an economic union of all North America.

Economic Consolidation

The North American Free Trade Agreement in reality has little to do with free trade and a great deal to do with economic consolidation and eventual political union. Legitimate free trade is accomplished in the virtual absence of government. Anyone who thinks that NAFTA will lead to fewer bureaucrats interfering with the free flow of goods doesn't understand the real motivation behind those who want a global "new world order."

If George Bush really wanted free trade, he would abolish our farm programs and subsidies, cancel regulations issued by the federal bureaucracy, work to have Congress repeal laws mandating an array of costly demands on American producers, and even put an end to foreign aid. American businesses that face the regulations, controls, and taxes not faced by other nations (Mexico, for instance) are at a terrible disadvantage.

Instead, our own leaders have made any move toward bona fide free trade a one-way street -- away from America. With the cost of doing business here significantly higher than in Mexico and in virtually all of Latin America, this result is predictable. Even before NAFTA, manufacturing enterprises had been moving out of America -- most notably to the Far East. With nearby Mexico about to be opened up, the pace of relocating businesses south of the border -- already considerable -- should increase dramatically.

Watch now for labor union moguls and others to start demanding that America's socialistic regulations be established in Mexico. They mean to make trade's "playing field" more level -- at the expense of freedom for everyone.

Former President Jimmy Carter has his own plan for using NAFTA to increase government power. Noting that the pact will favor some American industries and hurt others, he proposes that Congress and the Administration "devise ways to transfer some of the gains of free trade to those who lose." And he and others still insist that this agreement should carry the label "free."

The Real Goal

In his 1979 book With No Apologies, Barry Goldwater condemned the Trilateral Commission and other "world planners" for turning their backs on the independence of the United States of America: "What the Trilateralists truly intend is the creation of a worldwide economic power superior to the political power of the nation/states involved .... As managers and creators of this system, they will rule the future."

Exactly! The pattern he mentioned has already unfolded in Western Europe, where formerly sovereign nations have given away their economic independence to the supposed free trade arrangement known as the European Community (EC). Lately, the peoples of Western Europe have begun to discover that unelected bureaucrats in Brussels have authority to permit or deny virtually every move made by business and industry, even to close firms down if there are "too many in the field."

Brussels decides who can produce what, which companies get subsidies and lucrative contracts, and which products may move from country to country within the EC. Next, there will be a common currency, a central bank, and then taxing authority. Wealth redistribution within the EC has already begun.

Resistance to the EC's powers has been building, starting with Denmark's thumbs down in a recent referendum. France will hold its own referendum on September 20th, and EC leaders and partisans are very worried about the possible rejection of their plans by the voters of this key nation. If the American people want to know what NAFTA will mean for us, they need look no further than Europe.

The "new world order" means economic and political control. Economic control is socialism (taxation, regulations, controls, and bureaucracy). Political control on a world scale is world government -- la the United Nations, which has recently been given a huge boost by Mr. Bush, NAFTA's promoter.

Barry Goldwater hit the nail on the head with his assessment of the real goal of the Trilateral Commission. Trilateralists, including former member George Bush and current member Bill Clinton, really do want to "rule the future." NAFTA will help them. Congress can still vote no on NAFTA. It certainly should.