Wednesday, July 27, 2005

CAFTA: Ideology vs. national interests

Patrick J. Buchanan:

Using the Clinton playbook for enacting NAFTA in '93, the White House is twisting arms and buying votes to win passage of the Central American Free Trade Agreement.

And the seductive song the White House is singing sounds familiar. It is the NAFTA theme song. CAFTA will ease the social pressures that have produced waves of illegal aliens. CAFTA will increase U.S. exports. CAFTA will not cost U.S. jobs. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

If Tom DeLay's caucus delivers 200 votes for CAFTA, economic patriots will begin to look outside the GOP for leadership.

In 1993, Republicans, by four to one, signed on to NAFTA. They believed the promises that our $5 billion trade surplus with Mexico would grow and illegal immigration would diminish. They were deceived. The NAFTA skeptics were proven right. The U.S. trade surplus with Mexico vanished overnight. Last year, we ran a $50 billion trade deficit. Since 1993, 15 million illegal aliens have been caught breaking into the United States. Five million made it, and their soaring demands for social services have driven California to bankruptcy. As for Mexico's major exports to us, they appear to be two: narcotics and Mexicans.

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At 4:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ideology is really the right word here, and also the right word to describe other loggerheads and intertia on other issues. Many people are plainly ideologues, virtually imprevious to facts and argument.

At 8:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To ideology add hypocrisy. The elites on both the right and left are able to protect themselves from some of the worst aspects of what they wish on the rest of us.

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