Is The USMCA Worse Than NAFTA?
While not in its final form, Trump’s United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), dubbed NAFTA 2018 or NAFTA 2.0, seems to be worse in terms of what it does. US Trade Representative and Council on Foreign Relations member Robert Lighthizer negotiated it so that should tell you a little something in terms of whether it is really good for America or not. It appears that in its current form it is not really good for America at all.
While people were inundated with the confirmation hearings of Brett Kavanaugh, USMCA was advanced.
Lighthizer and Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland issued a joint statement after negotiating the treaty.
Today, Canada and the United States reached an agreement, alongside Mexico, on a new, modernized trade agreement for the 21st Century: the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). USMCA will give our workers, farmers, ranchers and businesses a high-standard trade agreement that will result in freer markets, fairer trade and robust economic growth in our region. It will strengthen the middle class, and create good, well-paying jobs and new opportunities for the nearly half billion people who call North America home.
We look forward to further deepening our close economic ties when this new agreement enters into force.
We would like to thank Mexican Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo for his close collaboration over the past 13 months.
This is not going to do any of that. In fact, it’s far worse than the original NAFTA.
Kristin Stockheimer wrote at The New American:
Not only is it still alive, it is larger and much worse than NAFTA! The text of the USMCA, according to former U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman, has portions and chapters of the agreement that are identical to those in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Robert Lighthizer even admitted it is “built on” many TPP aspects. These facets, according to The New American writer Christian Gomez, have the potential to strip the U.S. of its sovereignty:
Much like the TPP Commission, the Free Trade Commission can make changes to the USMCA without the consent of Congress. In fact, the agreement completely undermines Congress’ Constitutional Article I, Section 8 power to regulate trade with foreign nations.
With Trump formerly criticizing the TPP, why is he supportive of this USMCA regional government-promoting agreement? Even more alarming, Richard N. Hass, chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations, shared his support of USMCA, “The USMCA looks to be the trade pact formerly known as NAFTA plus 10-20%. Hope it becomes a precedent for TPP. I suggest that US-Pacific Trade Agreement (USPTA).”
USMCA, TPP, and even the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), are all designed with one mission: to integrate regional governments into an eventual world government. Signing off on the USMCA provides the ammunition for all of these alphabet soup agreements to fall like dominoes. Stopping the USMCA is an urgent matter; we’ve even heard U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer discussing trade deals with the European Union furthering the globalists’ agenda.
Former Texas congressman Ron Paul wrote in his weekly commentary titled NAFTA 2018: Free Trade Or Central Planning?:
…instead of replacing NAFTA’s managed trade with true free trade, the new USMCA expands government’s control over trade.
For example, under the USMCA’s “rules of origin,” at least 75 percent of a car’s parts must be from the US, Canada, or Mexico in order to avoid tariffs. This is protectionism designed to raise prices of cars using materials from outside North America.
The USMCA also requires that 40 to 45 percent of an automobile’s content be made by workers earning at least 16 dollars per hour. Like all government-set wages, this requirement will increase prices and decrease employment.
The USMCA also requires Mexico to pass legislation recognizing the “right of collective bargaining.” In other words, this so-called free trade agreement forces Mexico to import US-style compulsory unionism. If the Mexican legislature does not comply, the US and Canada will impose tariffs on Mexican goods.
The USMCA also requires the three countries to abide by the International Labour Organization (ILO) standards for worker rights. So, if, for example, the bureaucrats at the ILO declared that Right to Work laws violate “international labor standards”’ because they weaken collective bargaining and give Right to Work states an unfair advantage over compulsory unionism states and countries, the federal government may have to nullify all state Right to Work laws.
The USMCA also obligates the three countries to work together to improve air quality. This sounds harmless but could be used as a backdoor way to impose costly new regulations and taxes, such as a cap-and-trade scheme, on America.
This agreement also forbids the use of currency devaluation as a means of attempting to gain a competitive advantage in international trade. Enforcement of this provision will be difficult if not impossible, as no central bank will ever admit it is devaluing currency to obtain a competitive advantage in international trade. Of course, given that the very act of creating money lowers its value, the only way to stop central banks from devaluing currency is to put them out of business. Sadly, I don’t think the drafters of the USMCA seek to restore free-market money.
USMCA will not help the United States, Mexico, or Canada be more competitive individually or boost any one of three countries’ economies. The Deep State does not wish for the United States alone to be competitive with the rest of the world, or maintain global economic dominance; instead it must surrender its sovereignty — along with that of its neighbors — to a new supranational body that will supposedly protect “North American” jobs, industry, and economy.
Rather than putting “America first,” as President Trump has repeatedly promised, or to “Make America Great Again,” his new NAFTA, the USMCA, demotes the United States to second tier in pursuit of making North America great. The USMCA makes North America great at the expense of the United States and its national sovereignty.
Under this scheme, the United States will be required to surrender its sovereignty in order for a chance to be a member of the winning team. Americans have been lied to and duped by their government into believing that their elected leaders are working in their interest, only to subordinate America’s interests to those of North America. It’s only a matter of time before the same charade is pulled on North America in order to integrate it with the world’s other regional trade blocs (i.e. the European Union, African Union, Union of South America, Eurasian Economic Union, RCEP, TPP, T-TIP) into one world economic union and commission, under the auspices of the United Nations and the World Trade Organization.
The result of “promoting further economic integration” among the United States, Mexico, and Canada, necessitating the creation of an all-powerful, unelected so-called Free Trade Commission will be nothing less than a North American Union, and that alone should motivate patriotic Americans to vehemently reject the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.
Far from making America great again, the USMCA is a bag of goodies for globalists and a death certificate for American national sovereignty.
This, we have come to expect from the Trump administration, an administration that claims to fight the Deep State and drain the swamp, but seems to be backing swamp candidates, installing the Deep State in key positions of authority in the administration and even promoting agendas that are not America first. Plus, giving up national sovereignty in this treaty is akin to giving it up in education, which our Constitution doesn’t even give authority for the federal government to be involved in, but Trump’s Betsy DeVos is all about that too.
This treaty is bad for America, and no matter if you like Trump or not, that should matter to you.
Your action is needed to oppose this treaty just as much as TPP. Phone your representative (202-225-3121) and senators (202-224-3121), and urge them to preserve our national sovereignty by voting no on the USMCA. Follow up with an email. A cc of each email will be automatically sent to President Trump.
Article posted with permission from Freedom Outpost