Black People : Millions without jobs, and NAFTA still here???????

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    Didn't someone promise to dismantle the outsourceing job destroying NAFTA, that turned manufacturing cities into ghost towns, and made the filthy rich even more filthy?

    Published on Friday, October 30, 2009 by Foreign Policy in Focus
    More Than Backpedaling on NAFTA
    by Manuel Pérez-Rocha

    A bizarre meeting [1] on the "Future of North America" was scheduled to take place on November 2 and 3. Members of the newly created, self-appointed "Commission on North American Prosperity [2]" would have gathered in Toronto. Amazingly, the meeting was considered a "summit," even though none of the presidents slated to lead it are sitting presidents. There was George H.W. Bush representing the United States, Vicente Fox standing in for Mexico, Jean Chretien for Canada, and Ricardo Lagos from Chile. All of a sudden this "summit" has been cancelled.
    The cancellation remains unexplained. And the intention to carry on with this type of business-led forums, along the lines of the North American Forum [3] that recently concluded in Ottawa, raises many questions: Are we going back to the future? Why are these former leaders "representing" countries they don't run any more? Is their purpose to dictate to our actual presidents what to do to build North America? Why was ex president Lagos from Chile invited at all?

    Since presidents George W. Bush and Vicente Fox, as well as Prime Minister Paul Martin, created the obscure Security and Prosperity Partnership [4] of North America in 2005 (only to be silently dismissed by President Barack Obama), efforts to boost North American corporate integration have eluded public and legislative scrutiny.

    In the meantime, Obama has backpedaled [5] from his campaign commitments to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) so that it would emphasize fair trade, workers' rights, and limits to investors' privileges. Instead, the government is still expanding the accord to remove even more checks and balances on the exchange of capital, services, and goods.

    Dallas Meeting
    In Dallas, on October 19, top trade officials from Canada, the United States, and Mexico affirmed [6] that "the benefits of expanding trade have flowed to businesses, farmers, workers, and consumers." They based this on the assertion that trade among the countries has tripled in the last 15 years.

    The officials also stated that "our economies have become more competitive." But Mexico is sunk in a deep economic crisis precisely because of its dependence on the United States, which was created by NAFTA — it's now being harder hit than any other Latin American nation.

    Although rhetorically officials say they'll help small businesses benefit from NAFTA, it's contradictory that they are slashing "unnecessary regulatory differences" like rules of origin. These rules guarantee national content in exports, and would help small and medium companies benefit from trade. On the contrary, NAFTA has caused thousands of small and medium companies to go bankrupt. These companies failed because they were unable to compete with larger international corporations that benefit from NAFTA and, as a result, millions of workers are now on the streets. Removing rules of origin further only deprives small and medium companies from instruments for creating productive chains that would help them participate in trade.

    Furthermore, the removal of the rules of origin and other regulatory legislation has been renegotiated by the three governments at their discretion, without consulting business owners, workers, or legislators. In their statement, the ministers say that their "forward-looking plan" will be "developed in consultation with all relevant stakeholders." Haven't we heard this before?

    Security and Prosperity Partnership
    What the three governments are really doing is incorporating the already-buried, George W. Bush-led Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) agenda into NAFTA. While current presidents are stripping the SPP label, which has garnered much negative publicity, they're keeping its principles to armor NAFTA as an instrument for further deregulation. The North American Forum and the Commission on North American Prosperity appear to be there to continue guiding this trend. All this is being done without any explanation to the public, probably because the SPP favors only big business. The only consultative body to the SPP process has been the North American Competitiveness Council [7], composed of 30 of the largest corporations in the three countries.

    Today, the merging of the SPP prosperity agenda into NAFTA is evident, especially after the recent Dallas meeting. In their declaration, the trade officials stated that since 2007, the three countries have worked together to protect and enforce intellectual property rights. This was one of the SPP's plans, together with a "framework for regulatory cooperation," a "North American plan for avian and pandemic influenza," and an "agreement for cooperation on energy science and technology," which are also well under way.

    full article;
    http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/10/30-0
     
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