“You hear a lot of talk about how we are becoming a globalized world. But, the relationships that people value, in this country, are local: family, city, state, country. They’re local. We’ll compete in the world. We want to compete in the world. But, we are going to compete in the world where it is a two-way road not a one-way road. The advantages are going to come back to our country, and they haven’t for many, many years. “
“There is no global anthem, no global currency, no certificate of global citizenship. We pledge allegiance to one flag, and that flag is the American flag. From now on, it’s going to be America first. OK? America first. We’re going to put ourselves first.”
“If the Americans should manufacture a lock of wool or a horse shoe, I would fill their ports with ships and their towns with troops.” William Pitt- Prime Minister of Great Britain( 1766-1768)
“Following the war (of 1812), however, cheap British imports flooded the(American) nation, threatening to undermine local industries. In Parliament, a British minister defended the practice of dumping goods at prices below their actual cost on grounds that outraged Americans. “It is well worth while,” the minister declared, “to incur a loss upon the first exportation, in order, by a glut, to stifle in the cradle those rising manufacturers in the United States… ” (source)
From the time of the landing of the Pilgrims in 1620 to the
formation of our Government under a constitution in 1789 there
were in this country no general duties upon imports; in short,
we were living under Free-Trade, and foreign nations were able
to place in our market without restraint every article which we
were liable to buy. After we had secured independence and were united as a confederacy during the years from 1783 to 1789,
when we existed as a union of colonies, this Free-Trade was ac-
companied by most disastrous results. The wares of foreign
countries, and particularly of Great Britain, were dumped upon
our shores, for which our money went abroad until we were
drained of all our specie and had not even a dollar left as a cir-
culating medium. Because of the goods which came from abroad
our own laborers were idle, and nothing but debt and ruin stared
us in the face.
No material and complete revision of our first tariff of 1789
was made until 1812, when it was enacted:
“That an additional duty of 100 per cent, upon the permanent
duties now imposed by law upon goods, wares, and merchandise
imported into the United States shall be levied and collected upon
all goods, wares, and merchandise which shall, from and after
the passing of this act, be imported into the United States from
any foreign port or place.”
And it was further enacted:
“That this act shall continue In force so long as the United
States shall be engaged in war with Great Britain and until the
expiration of one year after the conclusion of peace, and no
longer: Provided, however, That the additional duties laid by
this act shall be collected on all such goods, wares, and merchan-
dise as shall have been previously imported.”
This was the only complete revision of the tariff that has taken
place in our history on account of war. The increase in tariff
rates, coupled with the prohibitions of non-intercourse, threw us
on our resources and resulted in the establishment of many new
industries, which, in spite of the ravages of war, brought im-
mense increase of national wealth and business activity. In a
special message to Congress, February 20, 1815, President Madi*
“Deliberate consideration of the means to preserve and pro-
mote the manufactures which have sprung into existence and at-
tained an unparalleled maturity throughout the United States
during the period of the European wars,”
KAPTUR: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT THE MILLIONS OF HIGH-QUALITY JOBS THIS NATION HAS OUTSOURCED OVER THE LAST QUARTER CENTURY BECAUSE OF FLAWED FREE TRADE DEALS. THESE JOB-KILLING DEALS LIKE NAFTA HAVE BEEN INCREDIBLY HARMFUL TO THE AMERICAN ECONOMY, RACKING UP A MASSIVE, MASSIVE TRADE DEFICIT OF $9.5 TRILLION, AND THEY FAILED TO LIVE UP TO THE PROMISE OF CREATING JOBS. INSTEAD, THEY WIPED OUT GOOD JOBS, HIGH-PAYING JOBS ACROSS OUR COUNTRY. TAKE MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, FOR EXAMPLE, WHICH SHUT DOWN PLANTS ALL OVER OUR COUNTRY FROM CALIFORNIA TO FLORIDA. MOTOROLA SHUT DOWN THOSE OPERATIONS AND MOVED PRODUCTION TO CHINA, TO SOUTH AMERICA, TO EASTERN EUROPE. TAKE WALGREENS, WHICH HAS OUTSOURCED ITS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY TO MEXICO, TO INDIA, LEAVING ITS ILLINOIS EMPLOYEES JOBLESS. MEANWHILE, SIX YEARS AFTER THE RECESSION, OHIO AND 14 OTHER STATES HAVE JOB MARKETS THAT HAVE NOT YET RECOVERED FROM THE NUMBER OF JOBS LOST DURING THE RECESSION. HUNDREDS, THOUSANDS, MILLIONS OF GOOD-QUALITY, GOOD-PAYING MANUFACTURING JOBS HAVE NOT RETURNED. CITIZENS OF THESE STATES, LIKE OHIO, ARE FIGHTING FOR HONEST EMPLOYMENT. SINCE 1976 AMERICA HAS LITERALLY OUTSOURCED 47,500,000 GOOD JOBS. WE HAVE A BUDGET DEFICIT BECAUSE WE HAVE A $9.5 TRILLION TRADE DEFICIT. WE MUST SUPPORT JOB SEEKERS, MORE LOPSIDED TRADE DEALS ARE NOT THE ANSWER. WE SIMPLY HAVE TO REFORM OUR TRADE POLICIES.
“Give us a protective tariff, and we will have the greatest nation on earth.” Abraham Lincoln
America became prosperous by protecting American entrepreneurs from attacks by enemy governments and their favored business companies.
A subsidy is a “gift” or “grant” of the peoples money by government to a ‘privileged’ few.
America’s trade deficit with China, Japan, Korea, the European Union and rest of the world means that we are transferring huge amounts of our national wealth to other countries. In effect, Americans are being forced to subsidize the economic agendas of foreigners.
“Overall, the United States has accumulated a total trade deficit with the rest of the world of more than 8 trillion dollars since 1975.” (source)
Americans have been duped by NAFTA, GATT and are currently being sold into slavery by the Trans Pacific Partnership
“In 1955, free-trade advocate Dr. Lewis E. Lloyd wrote a book on how eight conditions must be met to have free and fair trade. What he discovered changed his view of free trade, especially in regard to free trade agreements and the welfare of America. Are you in favor of merging America with other countries?” (source)
I, Pencil, traces the family tree of a pencil and explores the unexpected ways we are all connected by the marketplace. Through voluntary cooperation and trade, we benefit from the know-how of individuals across the globe with increased knowledge and greater well-being. (source)
“Oh! A dreadful man! A Scotchman, richer than Croesus, one McDruggy, fresh from
Canton, with a million of opium in each pocket, denouncing corruption, and
bellowing free trade.” – —Benjamin Disraeli, Sybil, p. 54
“If the trade is ever legalized, it will cease to be profitable from that time. The more difficulties that attend it, the better for you and us.”
— Directors of Jardine-Matheson
In the 18th century, Britain had a huge trade deficit with Qing Dynasty China and so in 1773, the Company created a British monopoly on opium buying in Bengal. As the opium trade was illegal in China, Company ships could not carry opium to China. So the opium produced in Bengal was sold in Calcutta on condition that it be sent to China.
Despite the Chinese ban on opium imports, reaffirmed in 1799 by the Jiaqing Emperor, the drug was smuggled into China from Bengal by traffickers and agency houses such as Jardine, Matheson & Co and Dent & Co. in amounts averaging 900 tons a year. The proceeds of the drug-smugglers landing their cargoes at Lintin Island were paid into the Company’s factory at Canton and by 1825, most of the money needed to buy tea in China was raised by the illegal opium trade.
The Company established a group of trading settlements centred on the Straits of Malacca called the Straits Settlements in 1826 to protect its trade route to China and to combat local piracy. The Settlements were also used as penal settlements for Indian civilian and military prisoners.
In 1838, with the amount of smuggled opium entering China approaching 1,400 tons a year, the Chinese imposed a death penalty for opium smuggling and sent a Special Imperial Commissioner, Lin Zexu, to curb smuggling. This resulted in the First Opium War(1839–1842). After the war Hong Kong island was ceded to Britain under the Treaty of Nanking and the Chinese market opened to the opium traders of Britain and other nations. The Jardines and Apcar and Company dominated the trade, although P&O also tried to take a share. A Second Opium War fought by Britain and France against China lasted from 1856 until 1860 and led to the Treaty of Tientsin.
he TPP has been kept secret by the Obama Administration for nearly 4 years because they know that if people find out what is in it, they will strongly oppose it. Their worst fears have been confirmed today with the release of the text, as have our suspicions that the TPP was a huge power grab by transnational corporations. The texts reveal that the United States is isolated in bullying other countries to go against the health and desires of their people and that those countries have been pushing back.
The TPP has been negotiated with the assistance of more than 600 corporate advisers while Congress has been largely excluded from the process. The President is pushing Congress to give him Fast Track Trade Promotion Authority so he can sign the agreement before Congress has a chance to vote on it. Under Fast Track, Congress would have limited time to review and debate the TPP and would not have the power to amend it, only to vote up or down on it.
The John Birch Society: “The JBS views trade agreements as “entangling alliances” that should be avoided. America should trade with all friendly nations but not enter into any regulated trade agreements — including “free trade” agreements. If trade is to be free, it doesn’t need to be regulated by thousands of pages of binding arbitration.”
“We’ve got a real problem! This is a mathematical fact! Tens of trillions of dollars are being extracted from the United States of America. Democrats aren’t doing it, Republicans aren’t doing it. An entire integrated system, financial system, trading system, taxing system, that was created by both parties over a period of two decades is at work on our entire country right now. And we’re sitting here arguing about whether we should do the $4 trillion plan that kicks the can down the road for the president for 2017, or burn the place to the ground, both of which are reckless, irresponsible, and stupid.” Dylan Ratigan