Dear globalists, allow me to explain why Americans are rebelling en masse against you
Those of you who know someone who extols globalism... feel free to tell 'em this.
Attitudes about free trade are all turning for the worse - among Democrats, Independents and Republicans, support is literally dying, rotting off the bone no less. And the more opposition grows, the louder the globalist-supporting minority gets. Problem is, reality is closing in like quicksand, and the more globalists struggle, the worse their standing is getting.
So... why is this happening? It should be obvious.
Every change that is brought about by globalism, every new industry, every move by global corporations, results in more discrimination against American workers. Far more jobs are leaving the country than are coming in. Americans are being systematically locked out of the global job market. Few if any companies ever say, "We're moving jobs to America". (I'm sure there's 1 or 2 out there, of course.)
When America was (well, still is) the world's market for goods, they sent jobs out of the country to produce goods for America.
Yet now that China is becoming a rising market for goods, American workers are still being excluded from jobs that cater to that market. (That is, unless you're a chicken farmer.)
H1B programs are being abused to bring in foreign workers specifically to replace American workers.
And globalists wonder why they're doing double overtime to defend free trade?
Those who argue that American workers are not being outright excluded from the global market should stop for a moment to ask themselves why America's trade deficit is so high. How high?
$497 billion, of which $252 billion was oil. That's a $245 billion trade deficit if you factor out oil.
Globalists continue to try to lecture America about the evils of tariffs. Prices will go up. Trade will go down. Aside from the fact that trade went down only a little more than the nation's GDP went down during the years of Smoot-Hawley, there is another problem with this phobia against tariffs:
Prices will go up, as a direct result of globalism. Not only that, but globalism is responsible for the continued devaluation of the dollar. This much is understood by the experts: http://www.frbsf.org/education/activities/drecon/1999/9910.html
Globalism also contributes to the national debt. Particularly, the foreign-held portion. This is all known facts among those who know economics:
The global economy is rigged to discriminate against Americans. The trade deficit screams that fact quite loudly. The H1B scandals scream that quite loudly.
This is why America is rebelling against globalism. It is human nature to rebel against that which discriminates against you.
Welcome to reality.
Globalism has changed the world forever. Doubt there is anyone or anyway to reign it in or regulate.
If the US 'labor party' insists on defending these agreements without vowing to impose tariffs on nations which are not actively implementing worker protections and quality of life improvements. It will be time by then to back out of most of the trade agreements with 3rd world countries unless they immediately impose worker protections. Which ever party takes this position will win. Frankly if the repubs would have taken this position in the 2012 cycle, they may have had a chance to unseat Obama.
After all, the labor unions have been warning about it for decades.
If the Democrats take the Free Traitor route that really could screw them royally for a generation. Unless the GOP continues its war on women in which case, well, the net change will be moderately in the Dems' favor.
If the Dems wake up on free trade, though, the GOP will be a forgotten force in 20 years.
our party, the traditional labor party, is already into this policy up to our ass and never should have been. It is time for our party to stand up once again for the US worker.
The current is against globalism is really surging; And yet: The shills still push the same absolutely trite talking points to defend it, as though they were some startling revelation we've never heard about. I mean, most of the population knew they were full of shit decades ago. Where do they get the gall to trot out the same easily countered points as though we were born yesterday?
I just wish they'd get it over with and just change their message to simply "Go to hell". Let's all see where we stand.
It'll be entertaining to see the globalist shills respond to an electoral revolution. They've been betting on their ability to intimidate us into silence with bullshit like "we hate the poor people of the world". I'd like to see these globalists say that to the poor people of America. To their faces.
although their numbers are miniscule compared to ten years ago. Surprised at least a couple have not jumped on this one to admonish us backwards thinking neanderthals.
Their primary argument is that tariffs equal price increases for Americans and all those apocalyptic consequences. When you actually cite the facts to show that free trade is causing that anyway... the heart and brain of their argument turns to dust.
Speaking of free traders on the DU, I am sure the free traders on the DU are TIRED of seeing me post these things, which is another reason why they don't respond. Not a problem - the DU is no longer a haven for pro-offshoring arguments, and neither is America in general.
The pressure is on.
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You are right that popular opinion is running against trade agreements. What you failed to mention is that this trend is being led by the right, particularly the teabaggers.
Teabaggers believe that "free trade agreements like NAFTA, the policies of the WTO..." are bad for the US by a 63 to 24 margin (a 2 1/2 to 1 ratio). Republicans also oppose them by almost a 2 to 1 margin (54% to 28%). Only Democrats, as a group, still support "free trade agreements like NAFTA, the policies of the WTO..." by a 40% to 35%. This poll was done about 17 months ago and that that may have changed as well.
So I agree with you that opinion is running against trade agreements. The poll shows a decline in support across political groups from 2009 to 2010. Where I would disagree is whether this opinion change is being led by the right or the left and whether it represents success for conservative forces or liberal ones.
According to this poll, conservatives are far more negative on the value of trade agreements than are liberals. (If you know of other polls that indicate otherwise, I would love to see them.) In your view, are liberals leading the movement against trade agreements but are somehow having more success convincing conservatives than other liberals? (The decine in support from 2009 to 2010 was most dramatic among republicans, much less so for Democrats, even though republican support was weaker to begin with.)
I haven't seen similar polls for Europe, but political parties on the right (particularly on the far-right, like France's National Front) there are leading the campaign for reinstating tariffs for intra-European trade and higher tariffs for trade with non-European countries. So in Europe, as in the US, the right appears to be the anti-trade agreement leader.
Fast-track needed for US global economic leadership
Open more markets to keep America competitive
Dont link trade to environment and labor
Sow free trade and farmers will reap
A free market promotes dreams and individuality
Mitt Romney on free trade
We have to open up markets to America's goods
Go to WTO about China; we're already in a trade war
Protectionism stifles productivity, under Bush AND Obama
Open up markets to American goods and services
Businesspeople should negotiate trade, not politicians
The truth is, you can fool some of the people some of the the time, but you can fool conservatives all of the time. Conservatives, both Democratic and Republican t(this includes teabaggers), are the biggest supporters, in real time, of free trade in the nation. They support globalist candidates; they generally despise real liberals - the anti-globalist, socially progressive candidates such as Dennis Kucinich. They even went so far as to remove him from office by eliminating his district because that was the only way they remove him from office. Conservatives favor business over people and labor.
I did not speak to a single conservative at the Battle of Seattle or in Cancun in 2003. I have yet to speak to a conservative at an Occupy event.
U.S. Chamber Hails Passage of Free Trade Agreements
The U.S. Chamber advocates for a robust trade agenda so that U.S. companies can export their goods and services around the globe to create jobs for American workers.
The U.S. Chambers Plan to Double U.S. Exports in Five Years
Negotiate new market-opening trade agreements including:
The Trans-Pacific Partnership, a high-standard agreement now under negotiation with eight other countries;
The Trans-Atlantic Economic and Trade Pact, which would eliminate tariffs on U.S.-EU trade, ensure compatible regulatory regimes, and provide new opportunities in services, investment, and procurement;
An agreement to liberalize trade in services among willing WTO members; and
Brazil, Egypt, India, and Indonesia: Explore the feasibility of trade accords with big emerging markets, recognizing that in each case a number of impediments would have to be removed first.
Permanent Normal Trade Relations for Russia: Secure congressional approval of PNTR so that U.S. companies, workers, and farmers can seize the benefits of Russias accession to the WTO.
Trade Promotion Authority: Renew the authority to negotiate trade agreements that Congress has granted every president since FDR.
Modernize export controls: Outdated limits on foreign technology sales cost U.S. businesses billions. A study by the Milken Institute found that modernizing U.S. export controls could boost Americas GDP by $64 billion and create 340,000 jobs.
Help small and medium-sized companies export: The Chamber is partnering with the U.S. Export-Import Bank on its Global Access for Small Business initiative to help more than 5,000 small companies tap foreign markets. Support the The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im)
Implement the recently approved trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama on a commercially sound basis as soon as possible.
Clinton may have been a Democratic President, but he was definitely not a liberal President. He was a conservative Democrat.
The 1% would never allow a liberal in the WH, and they control the media propaganda, campaign finance, and primary system to insure that no liberal can ever get near the WH.
Subcomandante Marcos, in the 90's:
That's because those polls you cling to, vastly overstate the Democratic support for free trade.
And the across-the-board decline in support for free trade has been going on since AT LEAST 2004.
I've noticed that he is paying attention and taking some action. My dream is that after he is re-elected he goes totally rogue on the 1%.
It appears that ☮ccupy has had a profound effect on the national dialogue/consciousness.
If you thought President Obama's expressions of sympathy for the Occupy Wall Street movement meant he was suddenly going to stand up for "the 99%," think again. Obama has just submitted to Congress the Chamber of Commerce-backed Colombia, Panama, and Korea Free Trade Agreements. And now, thanks to maneuvering by Obama and his business-friendly Chief of Staff William Daley and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, they're on an accelerated schedule in Congress. According to a report in The Hill, they will be voted on Wednesday, where they're expected to pass.
And he's done nothing to renegotiate NAFTA while in office.
Which is why I always find it amusing that some DUers seem to view those who are pro-free trade (like myself) as borderline right-wing trolls, when our position on this issue is identical to President Obama's.
President Obama was still a kid then.
Sorry, but your theory doesn't stand the test of time.
Do you approve or disapprove of President Obama's position in favor of free trade agreements?
With no free trade agreements we were hemorrhaging good jobs by the millions. And these weren't low-wage jobs either. These were the kinds of jobs where one paycheck was enough to keep the bill collectors at bay. The kinds of jobs where the workers were paying the maximum into SS and Medicare, and huge sums of withheld taxes to pay the workers in our public sector every year. The kinds of jobs this country depended on.
It wasn't any free trade agreement that caused people to purchase imported and non-union made products to put their neighbors out of work.
It was something else entirely.
So, I don't see the free trade bogeyman that some do. Free trade is just an excuse for the people who actually caused this mess to blame their problems on. Lot of self-inflicted problems too. Its the chicken and the egg thing. What came first? It wasn't the free trade agreements.
Before we officially agreed to send jobs out of the country, corporations were simply doing it on their own.
As someone who is relatively unaffected by the effects of globalization and job offshoring, the President is somewhat incapable of being in the shoes of a blue collar worker who gets laid off and is financially limited when it comes to bettering themselves. He cannot relate to the frustration of the white collar R&D specialist whose position was sent to lower-cost shores because the CEO's stock price needed to rise a quarter of a point and is kept on the job search treadmill for 6 to 8 months while the bills never go away.
Economically, I am a progressive who has posted chart after statistic after fact after plain-and-simple visual evidence that the neo-liberal model of Free Trade and Free Movement of Labor has done nothing in 30 years but kept the yachts a-floating while drowning America in it's "rising tide".
Economically, I have no candidate. I have no representation. Most of Congress, Republican AND Democrat, loves the COC's pro-free-trade stance and the unfair models of neo-liberal economics.
It doesn't matter what party you're from: Advocating Republican-authored models of free trade, globalization and job offshoring is the same thing as advocating that one worker's progress and livelihood MUST be deteriorated or stifled in order to enhance someone else's progress . . . an action that, in the end, helps NO one but corporations and the wealthy that run them.
Is that the way America progresses . . . that only ONE class gets theirs? COME on.
But then, back in the Dixiecrat era we had two parties divided solely on economic issues.
I stopped reading literature from the DNC awhile back. I think I even let my membership expire. For years before that I always wrote on the surveys I returned: "still not a single mention about Labor issues."
His policy on trade has been a mixed bag - better than any other President.
The Globalist Agenda represents a plan to bring all of Earth's inhabitants under the control of a single, global state. There is a small, but powerful group of individuals who are the architects and instigators behind the formation and implementation of this "New World Order". Using their influence through international organizations such as the IMF, World Bank, the Royal Institute of International Affairs (RIIA), the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), the Trilateral Commission, the Bilderberg Group, the United Nations, NATO, and hundreds of other non-governmental organizations, the objective of these internationalists is nothing less than the subjugation of everyone on the planet as servants to a one world government (servants means slaves). A government run by the same small group of elite that have ruled the masses for a very long time under various guises. These elite are the descendents of those that ruled for at least the past 2 centuries - kings and queens, bankers, robber barrons, priests, and assorted subservient oligarchs and media representatives. Their desire for a return to a one world feudal state should come as no surprise to anyone who has read a little history. It is their nature after all.
In order to resist the coming totalitarian control grid, you must simply refuse to comply. Do not accept a national ID card/biometric ID based driver's licenses; refuse to take a vaccine of any kind regardless of the propaganda you are fed; refuse to eat genetically modified food; do not accept voluntary sterilization to save the planet; and above all do not accept the implantable microchip. And educate the very young of the dangers these things represent and to say no.
The opponents of freedom have been active for a very long time but it is not too late. We can still get involved and retake positions of political power in local, provincial and federal government. All it requires on the will to act and the determination to succeed.
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Not a huge fan of unregulated free trade but I don't see any sort of rebellion.
Ever notice that free traders have become rare on the DU? Or that politicians who oppose free trade rarely lose to those that support it?
The massive shift in public opinion is so obvious you'd have to be living in a cave not to see it.
if the economy picks up and businesses start hiring, will public opinion turn again? It is hard to rebel against the system that gave you a job.
I agree there a many unhappy people. I see nothing to indicate we are one the cusp of some big change.
And nowhere are even the most rabid free traders arguing that free trade sends jobs to America.
Now that everyone is realizing that we've always lost more jobs than we've gained, the genie is way, way out of the bag. That genie won't go back in.
I don't see a retreat from the global economy by the president or any leading Democrats. How is this going to play out? Will it truly be a rebellion?
faster than Democratic base has?
Support for trade is dropping like a stone among the republican base (2 to 1 against), especially teabaggers (2 1/2 to 1 against), less so for Democrats (a plurality of whom still support it). Are we not as smart as teabaggers? Are we just more brainwashed than they are? Or are we living in the past or in a dream world?
There has to be a reason why the right wingers in the US and Europe has figured out that 'free trade' is bad, while liberals (both here and there) have been slower to reach that conclusion that you endorse. What is it?
BTW, when you post in opposition to 'free trade' do you mean pretty much all of our trade as it exists today or just the US' trade with the 18 countries with whom we have 'free trade agreements'?
Look around you. Do you see 40% of the DU supporting your position? Well, do you?
Show me where you can actually find 40% of any Democrats that support free trade... except, perhaps, in some theoretical polls.
Funny, I've been telling you this over and over and you keep running away from it: you can't actually find 40% of any Democratic group that supports free trade.
on how offshoring and globalism does NOT exclude American workers from the labor market?
Do you deny that more jobs are shipped out of the country than are shipped in?
Do you deny that they're bringing in H1B workers to replace Americans?
Do you deny our massive NON-OIL trade deficit or the fact that it's devaluing the dollar and growing the debt?
Do you deny? No, I don't expect an answer. No free trader has answers to that.