Speak out against free trade area

Letter to the editor

Posted: Wednesday, August 03, 2005

The Senate and the House have now passed the Central American Free Trade Agreement. As with NAFTA, CAFTA will not promote "free trade;" it will oppress U.S. businesses with highly regulated trade and further erode American jobs. It will subject the United States not to the laws passed by Congress, but subservience to the World Trade Organization. According to the Chapter 1 of the CAFTA text: "The parties affirm their existing rights and obligations with respect to each other under the WTO agreement."

The U.S. Constitution explicitly states that only Congress has the power "to regulate commerce with foreign nations." Thus, Congress passed an illegal law and Bush is poised to sign it. Incredibly, all three of our congressional delegation abetted in this treachery by voting to transfer control of our economic policies to the WTO.

What's next? Bush has made it quite clear that CAFTA is a stepping stone for the Free Trade Area of the Americas, which would include all the 34 nations of the Western Hemisphere and our loss of independence.

Informed Alaskans will want to inform Stevens, Lisa and Young that the sovereignty-sacrificing FTAA is not an option. Vote no on the FTAA.

Jim Dore

Anchorage



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