I was watching the tv news tonight — something I rarely ever do anymore because you never know what to believe anymore when the Lame Stream Media opens its often-lying mouth — but I did hear something that sounded on-the-level and what I heard was that President Trump is seeking to renegotiate the notorious North American Free Trade Agreement also known as “NAFTA.”
Why should a president be concerned with doing something to change NAFTA?
First of all I think we have to understand exactly what NAFTA is supposed to have been and what the effect of it on the American Economy has been.
It was supposed to be a deal between The United States and Canada and Mexico whereby no tariffs (Taxes) are charged on goods being exchanged on the markets of the countries involved in the agreement.
On the surface that might sound like a really great deal because it sounds like goods being marketed between the partners to the agreement would be cheaper for consumers of products to buy.
But the reality is that since NAFTA became enacted and operative, it has resulted in massive job losses for The United States as American employers have fled across borders and out of The U.S., to such places as Mexico for the sake of cheap labor and America has lost an estimated 800,000 good paying jobs because of this and more are leaving every day.
America is fast becoming more of an importer of foreign goods than it is a seller of goods to foreign markets and the economic playing field is now substantially out of balance and America is paying the price in more ways than one. We are, for example, losing billions of dollars in taxes on imports that can no longer be collected because of NAFTA and The U.S. is not penalizing American companies that run away from the American Labor market.
It is all a little bit crazy!
There is no doubt that because of NAFTA we can go to the big box stores and buy a few items a lot cheaper because they are manufactured in countries that often use what amounts to slave labor …. very cheap labor … labor that often barely pays wages enough for workers to buy food …. but you know what? I would rather pay a few extra bucks for something made right here in America and be satisfied in knowing that I am supporting American jobs right here in America for my fellow American Citizens who work for a living! — That’s what I would be more than willing to do …. I would be willing to “Buy American” just so I could know that I am not betraying my Fellow Americans who have to work for a living but whose jobs have been shipped off to a foreign country somewhere.
If I had my way about it ….. If I were the king of the world by common consent … I would make damned sure that if American companies ran off and made their products overseas or across the border somewhere they would pay a hefty damned import tax when they tried to ship their stuff back into The United States to be sold to American Consumers.
That is a fair price for those companies who have screwed over their American Workers to pay in my humble opinion!
I am ready to see President Trump do whatever he can to get America a better deal out of some of their foreign economic entanglements that previous administrations have gotten us into and which have failed miserably to do anything other than penalize American Workers for the sake of saving a few piddling-assed dollars somewhere along the line.
Of course I am not sitting here with my head up my ass refusing to believe that America’s “Big Money Machines” will do their damnedest to obstruct the president every step of the way in this new venture to secure for us a level playing field in the NAFTA nightmare.
I think he is going to have a rough row to hoe.
But I am damned glad he is willing to give it his best shot!
American Labor deserves a little break somewhere along the way!