March 6, 2008
Elaine Meinel Supkis
The NYT has another article about free trade. Unlike 99% of their articles, this one is anti-free trade. I am shocked. Just shocked. 99% of mainstream US media is pro-free trade, after all. Even so, the editorial is very weak and most of the comments following it are quite revealing. Many Americans are angry about free trade and frightened that it is destroying our nation. And it is. But suggesting solutions is verboten, of course. Nor does this editorial or the NYT mention the dollar amounts involved in this catastrophe.
By ROBERT E. LIGHTHIZER
NOW that John McCain is, formally, the presumptive presidential nominee of the Republican Party, he can stop worrying about winning primaries and caucuses and start worrying about winning over conservatives. Mr. McCain still faces a large challenge from his right in the fall, as many conservatives suspect he isn’t really one of them.
To prove his bona fides as a conservative, Mr. McCain and his defenders often cite his support for free trade. A writer in National Review, for example, suggested last year that conservatives should support Senator McCain because he is, in Mr. McCain’s own estimation, the strongest free trader in the Senate since Phil Gramm (an adviser to Mr. McCain) left that body.
Free trade has long been popular with liberals, and it remains so with liberal elites today. The editorial pages of major newspapers consistently support free trade. Ted Kennedy supported the advance of free trade. President Bill Clinton fought hard to win approval of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Despite some of his campaign rhetoric, Barack Obama is careful to express qualified support for free trade, even when stumping in the industrial Midwest.
This editorial does talk about some of the things I think are terribly obvious. He does note how tariffs and barriers were a Republican, conservative thing. But the modern conservatives are not that at all any more than liberals are libertarians anymore. Everything has been turned upside down...deliberately. Here is my reply to all this:
March 6th, 2008 9:40 amI run Culture of Life News and talk a lot about free trade. Free trade has not just been a failure in the US, it has become a total disaster! Any article discussing trade while leaving out the vital statistics about trade is a fraud.
Any comments about free trade that don't mention our trade deficit which has grown worse and worse and worse as trade gets freer and freer is a fraud. We must remind all readers of any free trade information, the US has had a trade deficit of the last 7 years of nearly $5 trillion. This is an immense sum of money. It now runs at around $700 billion a year and the only way to clip this is to go into a very deep recession or even a total depression.
Which is what is happening now. Just as the majority of Americans want the Iraq war to end, so do they want an end to this disaster we call 'free trade.' But look at who is left standing in this horrible election cycle: free trade maniacs and war mongers! They all want more wars, they all want to attack Iran as well as keep occupying Iraq. They all want more free trade and if they make statements to the contrary, we learn they are cynical about this.
The major media has always supported wars and free trade. And look where they brought our once-powerful nation: to our knees! The media dealt with any anti-NAFTA candidates by blacking them out. Or mocking them. The media guided the voters towards the candidates who are least likely to end the farce of 'free trade.'
All our allies and quite a few future enemies all have giant trade surpluses with the US. They are now using their sovereign wealth funds to buy into all our economic systems. Our nation is seeing Japanese automakers build factories here and turning us into their wage slaves. In the past, we had the Bretton Woods II and the Plaza Accords drop the value of the dollar in a vain attempt to fix our growing trade deficits with the nations we defeated in WWII. None of this worked at all!
This is because our trade partners don't buy our stuff. Japan is notorious at keeping out imports. If they have to produce a 'depression' while their GNP grows at 3.5% a year [the Japanese depression is totally fake] they can kill imports by claiming, no one in Japan can buy American goods, they are in a depression! So Japan and China both have huge trade surpluses and the US tries futile monetary manipulations to deal with this. Thus, the killing of the dollar. Which is raising the cost of energy here!
The candidates and the media have no solutions to offer. The idea that maybe we should use tariffs and barriers to protect us is laughed at and anyone suggesting this is often censored or simply ignored.
Tariffs and barriers are our friends! Until we fix our trade deficits, our only friends.
— Elaine Meinel Supkis, Berlin NY
Hey, I even made the 'editor's choice' today! Well, well, well.
The New York Times used to publish my letters and other things then they were told to stop doing this by Bush Jr and Haley Barbour. So they stopped. Maybe they will begin to publish me again?
I am still very angry, how we were moved step by step into supporting the only candidates that are pro-Zionist wars and pro-free trade. Some choice we have! The slender differences that put Obama on the anti-war, anti-free trade side of the aisle has suddenly moved him from being a saint and god to being a snake and sinner! Note how everyone who were nice to him are now shouting at him. And they will shout him down until he leaves the stage bare.
Then, instead of a selection between a Skull and Bones, New World Order warmonger # 1 and Skull and Bones, New World Order warmonger #2 like the last election we get....the exact same futile choice. Isn't this wonderful?
And the monetarist game will roll onwards. We will be told, yet again, a weak dollar will save America by making us so cheap, we will beat out Mexico in the 'cheap as a peso' category. Isn't that charming? So our empire floats on a sea of red ink and sinks. Thanks a billion, US media. Thanks.