Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The U.S. Must Completely Withdraw from the WTO

We must withdraw from all organizations that would not allow the United States to put its own best interest first, starting with The World Trade Organization. We cannot allow this supra-governmental body any opportunity to act as a judiciary body against us. The WTO rules against the U.S. nine out of every 10 times another member nation as brought action against us. We must have the ability to manage our own affairs in order to successfully run our own country.

The WTO is a self serving organization that operates outside of our control. The U.S. Constitution states that all treaties made under the authority of the United States become supreme law of the land (Article VI). When our government stymied under pressure from foreign-represented lobbyists and signed the WTO treaty our government effectively weakened our sovereignty.

Our laws, regulations and administrative procedures are now open to challenge.

The WTO is a biased organization of 154 nations that limits America’s ability to act in its own best interest. The United States has no larger vote than a smaller country, such as Grenada (Article IX, p. 5). By signing the agreement with the World Trade Organization, Congress agreed to concede a major portion of our sovereignty and usurp our democratic legislative process, including:

- Conforming U.S. laws, regulations and administrative procedures to the will of the WTO (Article XVI, p. 10)

- Subjecting all federal, state and local laws and practices that affect trade to international review by the WTO (Article XVI, p. 10)

- Allowing any WTO member country to challenge federal, state and local laws and practices as trade impeding (Section 2 of the Dispute Settlement Understanding)

- Taking all trade disputes to the WTO judiciary – giving the WTO final jurisdiction over all trade altercations. No appeal exists outside of the WTO (Section 2 of the Dispute Settlement Understanding)

- Empowering the WTO to enforce its rulings by imposing fines on the United States until we comply

Jobs losses have affected every sector of the economy in both white and blue-collar occupations. Over that time we have lost:

561,000 jobs in computer and electronic products
153,000 jobs in apparel and accessories
139,000 jobs in administrative support services
128,000 jobs in professional, scientific and technical services
(figures current as of 2008)

In all, those displaced workers lost an average of $8,146 annually – a total of $19.4 billion – as they moved into lower paying jobs. These job losses can be directly attributed to China’s rapidly growing trade surplus with us maintained by the systematic manipulation of the Chinese yuan.

We must renegotiate terms or completely withdraw from the WTO – immediately!

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