McCain Versus Obama on Free Trade: McCain = McCan’t and Obama = OhMama

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McCain’s Position

Interestingly enough, an internet search on McCain’s position on free trade presents a huge number of one-sided articles from such silly web sites as “justmoreofthesame.com”. Think you can figure out their position before you even click?

McCain endorses “free trade”. He supports NAFTA. “I reject the false virtues of economic isolationism,” McCain told the National Council of La Raza, a major Hispanic organization. “Any confident, competent country and its government should embrace competition,” he said. “It makes us stronger.”

Competition and theft are two different things Senator, and we don’t see your position on trade outside of North America. Within North America, our currency relative to the Mexican Peso and the Canadian dollar has further collapsed.  But what of our international trade policies with China.

China cheats and steals to lower the value of our dollar and steal our jobs. Is that your intention? Is it fair for us to compete with foreign nations that use slave and child labor to undercut our labor force? Please.

McCain believes “free trade” is a bargaining chip for international relations and negotiations.  Perhaps, but we would like to know that someone has our interests in mind in these negotiations. Most of us do not even know why our jobs were traded away; they are just gone. Was it for an extra bowl of caviar at an international summit? Allowing a President to decide on the use of free trade as a bargaining chip allows one person too much power to bargain away the value of our nation and our currency.  We believe that we will have found the correct policy when our currency starts moving up in value.

Read the following McCain statement. “I am committed to getting every single American who has been displaced from his or her job by foreign competition . . . a new job and a better future,” Doesn’t this sound like hollow rhetoric for the unemployed? McCain will hire them to paint his house perhaps? If he gets elected, we suggest the displaced purchase a bunch of white paint.

Obama’s Position

Obama opposes many facets of CAFTA, a free trade agreement with Central America. He says “Globalization is not someone’s political agenda. It is a technological revolution that is fundamentally changing the world’s economy, producing winners and losers along the way.” We agree, and over the past ten years the collapse of the dollar clearly demonstrates who the losers are. It is US! Pun intended.

Obama doesn’t seem to get it completely though. Almost all of his focus is on how this impacts the American worker. He is absolutely right about the negative impact it has on the American worker, but he fails to point out what we consider the obvious. We are much less concerned about CAFTA than what we refer to as CHAFTA. There may be some issues with free trade with Central America, but our trade arrangement with China is a disaster.

We can find plenty of liberal rags saying what Obama thinks and will do, but we had a great deal of difficulty discovering Obama’s actual position. He sounds less friendly towards giving away America’s rights in the name of “free trade”, but really doesn’t seem to have any concrete plan. The Right calls him soft, the Left sees him as change, and we just simply cannot figure out exactly where he stands.

From his website:

Fight for Fair Trade: Obama will fight for a trade policy that opens up foreign markets to support good American jobs. He will use trade agreements to spread good labor and environmental standards around the world and stand firm against agreements like the Central American Free Trade Agreement that fail to live up to those important benchmarks. Obama will also pressure the World Trade Organization to enforce trade agreements and stop countries from continuing unfair government subsidies to foreign exporters and nontariff barriers on U.S. exports.”

Sounds like a plan, a mediocre one focusing on a very, very small part of the problem. He wants the WTO to enforce trade agreements? Good luck. We can’t even get the International Trade Commission to enforce our patents and copyrights!

End Tax Breaks for Companies that Send Jobs Overseas: Barack Obama believes that companies should not get billions of dollars in tax deductions for moving their operations overseas. Obama will also fight to ensure that public contracts are awarded to companies that are committed to American workers.

Sounds like a strong start on the surface. It seems like it would be better to prevent illegal imports so that our jobs are maintained in the first place? We do agree wholeheartedly with removing tax breaks for companies sending jobs overseas. We also would like to see you remove them for any company locating outside the US, and offer tax incentives for companies that locate IN the US. We don’t see those specifics in your plan, but we like the premise of your statement and we want to see more specifics.

Amend the North American Free Trade Agreement: Obama believes that NAFTA and its potential were oversold to the American people. Obama will work with the leaders of Canada and Mexico to fix NAFTA so that it works for American workers.

Again, Senator, CHAFTA has been vastly more damaging. Free trade with Canada and Mexico is the least of our problems. Our trade policies with China and other nations that consistently cheat us is a much, much bigger problem, we would like to see it clearly addressed in your policies regarding trade, but it is sorely lacking.

We also see, although that is for a later topic, the tapping of our national resources as critical. Trade is currently unidirectional with those nations that sell us the fossil fuels we depend upon. We are not going to replace that dependency overnight with a few windmills and Al Gore’s solar panels.  We have huge reserves, but a “prima donna” attitude about tapping those resources guarantees foreign nations will continue to export our energy to us, building extravagant cities like Dubai at our expense, and resulting in a bigger collapse of the dollar which is becoming closer and closer in value to the paper it is printed on.

Still, we believe you have a stronger policy against “free trade”, and we believe John has let us down here entirely. He seems to favor “free trade” across the board, ignoring the collapse of our dollar as our trade policies destroy our currency and devalue us as a nation.

Protectionism is not a four-letter word; it isn’t even a four-syllable word! And the phrase is used as though it is a bad thing. We are not sure about how the rest of America feels, but we think protecting our ideals and way of life is a good thing.

Round 3: Obama

Part One of Round Four on Natural Resources and Fossil Fuels: Are McCain and Obama NIMBY Advocates?

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