News & Analysis
NAFTA Ascending: First Mexican Trade-Truck Enters US
Nearly two decades after the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement, the first Mexican truck ventured into the U.S. under provisions of the controversial treaty. With little fanfare, a white tractor-trailer with Mexican license plates entered the courtyard of the Atlas Copco facility in Garland, Texas on Saturday afternoon to unload a Mexico-manufactured metal structure for drilling oil wells. The delivery marked the first time that a truck from Mexico reached the U.S. interior under the 17-year-old trade agreement, which was supposed to give trucks from the neighboring countries access to highways on both sides of the border. The Obama administration signed an agreement with Mexico to end the long dispute over the NAFTA provision in July that also removes $2 billion in duties on American goods. – Huffington Post/Latino Voices
Dominant Social Theme: It takes time, but good things happen slowly. Now finally the governments of Mexico and the US have taken the steps to build business properly.
Free-Market Analysis: A major dominant social theme of the Anglosphere power elite is that government can HELP private markets function better. This is simply not true, as every law is a price fix, redistributing income and depriving true wealth producers of the wherewithal to create businesses, jobs and prosperity.
But no matter. The meme blunders on. Without government and its taxes, redistribution and central banking money-printing euphorias, we would not be nearly as well off as we are now. This is of course the elite theme that is being questioned across the world thanks to the Internet Reformation and is one reason that the world seems increasingly chaotic.
When elite plans are questioned, the powers-that-be respond by creating economic chaos and, eventually, starting wars. That seems to be what's happening now. But in addition to "damage control," the elites move ahead with various forms of centralization already begun. CAFTA, NAFTA and other "managed trade" proposals are part of this formula, one intended to rationalize the world in advance of global government.
The various "Americas" trade agreements signed by the US are especially pernicious for the US because they undermine US business sovereignty. These massive agreements, thousands of pages long, are not free-trade agreements but managed trade agreements.
Free trade agreements are easy to negotiate. One takes a piece of paper and writes on it: "Private industry shall be responsible for any and all trade between others abroad without tariffs, taxes or other government tributes, laws or regulations." That's not a very difficult sentence to write, though it is one that would put an army of lobbyists and lawyers out of business.
Western elites like trade agreements because they can be invisibly manipulated to drain power and prosperity from rich Western countries and provide developing countries with more clout. This has been an important agenda item for the powers-that-be, as countries must be "evened out" economically before world-government (the ultimate goal) is imposed.
Despite the opposition to these sorts of treaties in the West (which has been visibly and negatively affected by these trade treaties) they keep on being put into force. In fact, just in the past month, three ADDITIONAL trade agreements were jammed through international trade bodies – none of them positive for the West and none of them making much news in the mainstream media.
The mainstream media silence about these treaties and their impacts is beneficial to the power elite's operations in this regard. If the treaties are to be mentioned – and their effects – the noting is to be done in a positive way, dealing with ephemera rather than with the real issues. We can see this process at work in the article excerpted above, and in the following narrative from the same article:
The long-delayed door-to-door delivery was launched with a bi-national ceremony Friday to mark the truck's crossing at the international bridge "World Trade" in Laredo, Tex., the entry point for 40 percent of products imported from Mexico ...
A small number of Mexican trucks had traveled into the U.S. under the pilot Border Trucking Demonstration Project, which started in 2007. But in 2009, the Obama administration cancelled the pilot following pressure from the Teamsters union. Mexico responded by doubling the tariffs U.S. products exported to Mexico. On Friday, Mexico suspended those tariffs ...
Jim Hoffa, the Teamsters president, said the union remained opposed to the crossing of Mexican trucks into the United States. "The fact remains that Mexico does not meet our safety standards, and a violent drug war is raging there, which the Mexican government is powerless to control," he said in a statement. Hoffa said the pilot program permitting Mexican trucks in the U.S. interior did not "create much public confidence" and predicted the failure of the new program ...
Mexico's transportation department said in a statement that about 10 Mexican companies have inquired about applying to be included in the program. The American Trucking Associations in a statement praised the two countries for working to "end the long-running and unnecessary dispute."
NAFTA and CAFTA caused a great deal of ruckus when they were initially passed. Now the din has died down but these pernicious treaties along with hundreds of others continue to do their work of reorganizing numerous societies and business around the world. In the US, such treaties doubtless prepare the country, along with Mexico and Canada, for a greater unification called the North American Union, complete, perhaps with an "Amero" currency.
This plan, too, has received fierce resistance, not just in America but also notably in Canada. Nonetheless, amalgamation continues under the Obama administration. The first steps to this elite-planned merger were taken way back during the Reagan administration. It has been a long time hatching, though given the elite's current impatience we wonder how long the timeline is and whether it's been shortened.
Conclusion: Canada and America just began using joint troops on the Canadian border under a mingled command to fight "terrorism." And now a NAFTA truck has crossed over onto American soil. NAFTA, CAFTA and all the rest of these managed trade agreements are nothing more than elite-imposed memes actively draining Western wealth and competitiveness. They are nothing to be celebrated.
Posted by RF on 10/28/11 02:35 PM
Unions were the backs of Americans,standing together straight and tall, carrying the load, for the industrial giants to make thier fortunes. For a time the Unions helped Americans share in that wealth,
Posted by RF on 10/28/11 02:24 PM
obviously you are not pro-union-- you're not old enough to rememberthe Guild System--again you see a narrow band of accomplishment, and only a few being entitled to it-- when we have( had) large manufacturing capacity the sum of the whole made the product, and union wages are tiered accordingly- people like you are the reason the Chinese have succened in destroying our internal economy- cheaper wages are all but a few are worth to to you- loose ends are all the trades,and labor involved in producing a product- not to say that Unions were perfect, read carefully I never stated as such-- and yes there were certainly corrupt bosses , business agents, etc,just like any governmental group... that is human nature-I do not advocateall workers be paid equally but that each trade find a dollar value for each service preformed- ie per value of trade, therin begins the incentive, to better oneself or move up ( if capable)to a better paying trade, the way you think is how the industrial fortunes of were made,I suppose you may see yourself as part of a tradition--life isn't fair , most of us that worked for a living know that, collective bargining only evened the playing field some= obviously you have never been in a Union or you would know you're talking thru your hat than you realize..--
Posted by oldman67 on 10/26/11 06:16 PM
Don't forget about NAFTA of The Pacific.
Posted by Dave Jr on 10/26/11 03:19 PM
"thje unions were a larger extension of the guild system.."
Never was a fan of the guild system.
"you have to realize that everyone is not in the top 10% of the class, there are millions that were satisfyed with everyday jobs,"
Right, because the whole does not fit inside of the part. But, if you are advocating that all workers should be paid equally, then what incentive is there to improve anything if it all pays the same? We can only be equal to the lowest common denominator. If you are saying that anyone must lift the world up with him, then you are advocating slavery.
"and getting employers to pay them a living wage required collective bargining-"
False, one can work him/herself into a position where it is easier for the employer to raise the pay rather than endure the cost and disruption of training a new employee.
"yes the best got advancement, but the rest made a steady income... "
What is wrong with that? And the best served as an example and paved the way for the rest.
"The unions were as much a certainly contributing party by gathering the loose ends into one unifyed group, getting financal gains for all not just a few... "
Please define "loose ends" and why they should be compensated beyond what they are able or willing to contribute. Are you saying welfare belongs inside the business environment?
"Someone has to lead,where management thinks the employees were expendables,"
The unexpendables lead the way.
"the collective level protected all thier interests... not just a few... "
There is only one interest in employment. The one agreed on and paid for.
"unfirtunatly most all the gains of the past fopr labor are gone with the jobs they had, the municipal , teachers,government workers are all the large clout groups left, they too will be a thing of the past ."
Posted by Jones on 10/26/11 02:14 PM
"Taibbi: Occupy Wall Street Aimed at WS Corruption NOT Money or Banking"
The so-called Ameican "system" and similar systems in other countries are just thinly disguised shake-downs of the general public in order to extort their monies... Most people will never be able to separate the forest from the trees.
"The American Dream, you have to be asleep to believe it... " The late George Carlin, R.I.P.
Posted by chad2 on 10/26/11 11:24 AM
Glad to see you reporting on this. But are you seeing the big picture??? North American Union. European Union. African Union (probably north/south). Russian Union. South American Union. Various Asia Unions. Hello??? Someone should report on all the unions! It's not difficult to see the trend from WWI to WWII and soon WWIII. After WWIII there will be "union" nations, not nation states as world wide cooperation will be seen as the only way for man kind... The problem with the EU is not too much union, it's not enough. Now I state all this interms of what the elite is up to. This is not good for the people, the Christian.
Posted by Dave Jr on 10/26/11 11:22 AM
Unions contributed? They got financial gains for all? Where did they get these financial gains? From Mexico?
Posted by Dave Jr on 10/26/11 11:19 AM
We had a stronger country and a stronger economy because people produced, period. And working themselves into a better position, finally workers did not have to tolerate poor working conditions. Workers bettering themselves are in a position to negotiate higher wages. Where is the free provisions of pensions, health coverage and holiday pay taking us? The purchase of pensions and health care were taken out of the hands of the earners which opened up a bonanza for the government cronies.
Unions rode on the back of Americans who were improving themselves, they did not contribute to their improvement, they sabotaged it.
Posted by RF on 10/26/11 11:11 AM
agreed-- free markets, free trade agreements benifit the corporations,not the labor producing the goods... .Why the "miricle" in China was touted as a great innovation in the 80's, those on the ground floor got richer, but it has destroyed our internal economy- the last year we had a deficit from China was 1985-6 million, it is over 300 billion a year now at thier prices for goods...
Reply from The Daily Bell
No, free trade does NOT benefit corporations within the context of a free economy. In a free economy you would not HAVE corporations, or not as they are currently constituted. We've written about this before on several occasions Modern corporations are the result of a corrupt Anglosphere judiciary ...
Posted by RF on 10/26/11 11:04 AM
thje unions were a larger extension of the guild system.. you have to realize that everyone is not in the top 10% of the class, there are millions that were satisfyed with everyday jobs, and getting employers to pay them a living wage required collective bargining- yes the best got advancement, but the rest made a steady income... . The unions were as much a certainly contributing party by gathering the loose ends into one unifyed group, getting financal gains for all not just a few... Someone has to lead,where management thinks the employees were expendables,the collective level protected all thier interests... not just a few... unfirtunatly most all the gains of the past fopr labor are gone with the jobs they had, the municipal , teachers,government workers are all the large clout groups left, they too will be a thing of the past ..
Posted by kenn on 10/26/11 10:58 AM
Allowing the multitudes of starving illiterate flotsam (Corporate Description) manufacture your goods then ship them back home and selling them for almost the same price as if they were manufactured in the host country is the worlds new business model.
Using DB's definition of free trade:
"One takes a piece of paper and writes on it: "Private industry shall be responsible for any and all trade between others abroad without tariffs, taxes or other government tributes, laws or regulations."
Okaaayyy... ... ... ... ..
Today the wage arbitrage itself rakes in the billions. Then these persons (Corporate Sovereigns?) are allowed to park money offshore to avoid taxes the rest of us have to make up, avoid safety, environmental laws and regulations and do pretty much as they wish. If they happen to get caught they just pay a small fine,,, admit no guilt,,, and continue on.
I'll be darned if I can see much of a difference! And the question begs to be asked... ... .. Responsible to whom?
The results would be the same. Massive unemployment and economic problems for the more advanced nations and the continued shameless abuse of the third worlds poor.
One would think Americans could see through this free trade scam but unfortunately the brain washing has been too good. On another very popular financial site a poster actually made fun of the unemployed. Sad.
Now that the last three trade agreements have been approved with little or no comment from ANY media, congress will probably reduce/eliminate the extended unemployment which has been allowing people to survive. When that happens things may get dicey.
Until then,,, more lost jobs and a worsening economy.
Posted by TerryWriterFromPortCredit on 10/26/11 10:56 AM
I do not understand your huh??? If you could clarify - do you mean you are glad "Hilarious" is (through her body language) telling us that quite possibly she has psychopathic tendencies - and that is good now that she is being honest about that - that we are like a confident of a sort. I'm afraid (out of all due respect because I believe the DB is the most important website on the "Net right) - again could you clarify my huh??? back. Best intentions - T.
Posted by RF on 10/26/11 10:55 AM
Perhaps there is a socialist tint to Unions,yet in the past , they brought a better quality of life to millions on American families, pensions, health coverage, holidays, safer working conditions , realistic hours,long before OSHA was formed,socialist or not we had a stronger country a stronger economy ,when we had strong unions to balance the equation with government, management and employees... .Now our manufacturing capicity has left along with all the steady incomes it provided-- the truckers move goods made elsewhere, not here--
Posted by Dave Jr on 10/26/11 10:46 AM
I would argue that unions never protected American jobs. They helped kill them. Any noncontributing third party getting between a trade, in this case labor for wage, can only deteriorate the trade.
Posted by kaydellc on 10/26/11 10:34 AM
This truck agreement between USA and Mexico is a one sided deal and management of the trucking by the government. This is not equal for the American independent truck. Mexico can buy property anywhere in the USA with no restrictions but let an American try to by waterfront property in Mexico and it is a shut out. The same with this deal as cobbled up by Government and the Union and their socialist value system.
Posted by RF on 10/26/11 09:47 AM
Huh???? truthfully I think more of Hillary now( I still don't like her) in being honest with her public emotions.. We orchestrated Gaddafi's death, she can take credit for it-- In Middle Eastern politics such a death was a relief to the families that Gaddafi tortured as well, why deny them the pleasure of watching???
Posted by Dave Jr on 10/26/11 09:41 AM
From Bush Sr to Clinton to Bush Jr to Obama, it is the same hand with different stinky sock puppets.
Posted by TerryWriterFromPortCredit on 10/26/11 09:31 AM
Right now I am horrified and a little sickened looking at two photo's juxtaposed - "Hilarious" Clinton cackling at the bloody-death of Gaddafi - and "He's a real prince alright" Phillip (no doubt with that scowl imagining himself a particularly nasty little virus wiping out the 99 percenters in the world daring to protest he and his kind's brand of wisdom). If this is not a case in point proving David Icke's belief that the elites are an alien/reptile/human hybrid and the moon's really a balloon - then I don't what is. (The DB's earlier posting referring to D. Icke's "Conspiracy Theory" puts put it right into perspective when viewed as [a new?] myth). The DB's insight into the workings of the human mind is truly astonishing. And most important - freeing. A great and good ol' fashion brainwash. Here's a metaphor to ponder: The Daily Bell is the ultimate Loufa Sponge - T.
Reply from The Daily Bell
Ha, Loufa Sponge ... nice.
Posted by RF on 10/26/11 09:02 AM
What those trucks unloading MEXICAN made steel, signifys there is no future for AMERICAN manufacturing... .Where steel was the backbone of our industry, Made in USA no longer matters to our government... That cheap labor in "treaty" countries is far more important than getting our own economy back on its feet... Buying goods , allowing goods manufactured thru the NAFTA treatys only deterioates the our ability to restructure ourselves... .Hoffa's father may have been a hard nosed gangster at times but he had the best interest of America at heart,Jim Hoffa's correct in trying to stop it, it's a shame the unions no longer can protect American jobs as they did in the past... .