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Mr. President, just tell us why...

Mr. President: when America began exporting 15 million middle-class union jobs a year under NAFTA, you said the family business owner was the backbone of this nation. You said as long as the small business owner remained strong, America would remain strong. America believed you and showed their support—and their faith in you—by electing you not once, but twice. America saw in you the strength, character and resolve of Ronald Reagan. We saw a man of destiny whom we believed would walk in Reagan's footsteps and keep America strong. We were wrong. Your legacy will be written in Spanish, and the memorials to your presidency will be enshrined in Mexico City.

History should have taught us that for our nation to remain strong our economy had to remain strong. For our economy to remain strong, our industrial base has to remain strong. For our industrial base to remain strong, America needed to protect its financial, economic and human capital—as it did for about 200 of our 230 years—by sealing our borders with high walls of immigration enforcement and even higher tariffs. Today we have a "swinging door" border that allows industrialists to export our jobs—and import not only the products created by those jobs, tariff-free, to further erode the job base of the United States of America, but illegal aliens by the millions to steal what jobs remain rooted to the remnant of the American free enterprise system.

Mr. President: when the human tsunami of illegal aliens swept across our borders like a catastrophic tidal wave, you promised the American people you would protect the small business owner. You broke that promise. You chose to lie to us because it was politically expedient to do so. Tell us, Mr. President—did you break your promise because the bankers and industrialists who pull the strings of government, and who like a well-orchestrated puppet show, are so strong that even the most powerful man in the free world is powerless to stop them? Or, did you lie to the voters because, like the Utopian puppet masters in the emerging New World Order, you believe we are merely a commodity of commercehuman chattelthat is so far down the food chain that we no longer matter in the grand scheme on the global horizon? Please, Mr. President...tell us what you honestly think. I know its a stretch to ask a politician that question, Mr. President, but we really want to know.

Tractor-trailers full of slave labor communist Chinese merchandise, loaded in Mexican tractor trailers, and tons of cheap, non-union American-branded tariff-free products made in Mexico and other second and third world countries cross our borders daily, heading deep into America's heartland to find their way into the American product distribution network where it finally ends up on store shelves in your community or my town, stealing what jobs remain in the United States by undercutting the ability of America's small family-owned or employee-owned corporations to compete. A half century ago, the American-branded shirt on your back was made from cotton grown in the United States. The flax was spun into cotton fiber in mills in the American south. The fibers were woven into American cloth in factories in the United States. And, finally, clothing manufacturers in New York, New Jersey, Kentucky, Tennessee and other northeastern States purchased the fabrics from the mills and converted them into the clothes the American consumer wore. Today, the cotton mills are closed and boarded up. The factories that wove the cotton fibers into fabric are also closed and boarded up. The factories that made the shirts, the pants, the socks, and the underwear, are gone as well. And so are the jobs that supported the economies of hundreds of communities across this land.

Those who worked in the cotton mills and the factories that created synthetic polyesters from petrochemical waste, cried out for help as American politicians surrendered our jobs to our former enemies and to our devastated allies at the end of World War II in the name of global unity, we—those of us who still had the security of a job—ignored their plight because...well...it affected someone else, somewhere else. But that was just the start. First it was the textile industry. The politicians told us it was a sacrifice that would ultimately benefit America. Then it was the steel industry. Then it was the electronics industry, followed by the auto industry. Strange as it may seem, today—thanks to a Bill Clinton 1997 Executive Order that turned 1/7th of the State of Utah into a national park—(the 1/7th part of Utah that sits over one of the world's largest deposit of anthracite coal)—America, with the world's largest coal reserves, now imports its industrial coal from a Mochtar Riady company in Indonesia.

Just as Neville Chamberlain surrendered large chunks of Europe to Hitler ostensibly to avoid war, the American voter blindly allowed its elected national politicians over the past 50 years to surrender large slices of the American economy to utopian special interest groups who would profit exorbitantly by draining the American economy and transferring the national wealth of this country to human capital-rich third world nations at the expense of the American worker whose sweat equity investment in this nation made America the greatest nation in the history of the world.

President Ronald Reagan renounced the UN's General Agreement on Trades and Tariffs in the 1980s, and the treaty sat non-ratified until President Bill Clinton signed it. Reagan rejected the North American Free Trade Agreement as bad for America. He saw it as the first of a series of preliminary steps to create a hemispheric American Union. He was right. President George Herbert Walker Bush tried to ram NAFTA through the Democratically-controlled Congress, but they would not budge. Not because the Democrats were against NAFTA. They weren't. The labor unions control the Democrats. The unions wanted a provision included in NAFTA that would guarantee the AFL-CIO—which received UN NGO status—binding arbitration rights. Bush-41 couldn't deliver the union vote and NAFTA failed to gain the votes needed to become law.

The Clintons sold NAFTA to the American people as a "jobs creation" bill. The Clintons also convinced the AFL-CIO that organized labor would get binding arbitration rights that would be legislated in Mexico as a reward for this new form of foreign aid—US factories and a lion's share of the American consumer market. And the job bandits—the transnational industrialists who needed to lower the wage standard of America in order to compete against the human capital-rich third world in the 21st century—got the keys to the tariff-free swinging door between the United States and Mexico. And, once again, the American worker got screwed as elected politicians filled their campaign war chests with millions of dollars in legal bribes from their "primary constituents"the grateful industrialists and merchant princes who are now allowed to move their factories, and their jobs, from the United States to countries with weak labor laws that do not force employers to provide health care benefits and pension plans.

The industrialists, urged to be careful about draining too many jobs from America and risking the collapse of the economic infrastructure of the United States due to a greatly diminished number of income-producing taxpayers decided that wage equalization could be achieved in the United States the same way its being accomplished in the European Union—by opening the borders to the hordes of impoverished people from other lands who need jobs and are willing to work for less money—and without the costly fringe benefits. It works for the tax assessor, and it works for the industrialist who is trying to compete with cheap goods being churned out in slave labor factories in the third world.

Open borders allow four important things to happen. First, by creating more demand for fewer available jobs, factory managers are able to offer new hires less money and fewer fringe benefits and still fill all of the jobs they have posted. Second, by offering illegals amnesty, a fast track to citizenship—and social security benefits based on incomes the illegal earned "under the table," the government believes it will pull the tax-free underground economy—which is now estimated to be about 30% of the current, taxpaying economy—out of the shadows and into the mainstream, creating more taxpayers and more tax revenue. And, third, by getting the illegal aliens onto the tax rosters, the Bush Administration—whose views are supported by statistics supplied by the Department of Commerce and the US Treasury, believes they will save Social Security and Medicare for another two or three decades.

And finally, the White House finds itself in a "generational" catch-22 dilemma not of its making. When NAFTA was ratified by the co-presidency of Bill and Hillary Clinton, provisions in that treaty require open borders between Mexico, the United States and Canada—the North American Union we now hear so much talk about. The cornerstone of NAFTA, surreptitiously laid by the Democratically-controlled Congress in 1993 guaranteed that, within a decade, Mexico and Canada would have complete and open access to the consumer market of the United States and, of course, that the United States would have access to the Canadian and Mexican markets as well even though everyone knew there was no Mexican market. Customers without paychecks are simply consumers that feed on society. (Thus the key export from the United States to Mexico was American jobs; and the key export from Mexico to the United States was Mexican consumers that Mexico can't afford to feed.)

Mr. President, tell us. Is this the reality of the immigration dilemma? If it is not, please, sir—tell us.

 

BIL BARNSTEAD PASSED AWAY
ON JULY 9, 2009

 

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