There is big trouble for us brewing in China. NAFTA not only opened the door for Americans to lose their livelihoods, it also open the borders to global trade without tariff in ways it had never been done before.
Started by Ronald Reagan, and bolstered through George H.W. Bush tenure; it was made law by Bill Clinton. Michael Waldman had a chapter dedicated to NAFTA in his book POTUS Speaks. NAFTA has so much political momentum behind it that the slogan at the White House was, “NAFTA Cuse We Hafta.”
The Capital Press had an article last week about how Chinese plywood is ruining the American plywood business. The American companies by lumber from sustainable forests adhering to environmental guidelines, and their product is made in compliance with safety standards, where the less expensive Chinese product may come from trees that were cut without regard to the environment and the binding glue that is used is a toxic substance.
In 2002 Chinese honey was banned in the United States because it tested positive for chloramphenicol. There are approved antibiotics for use in bee colonies, but chloramphenicol is a last resort medication that is used when nothing else will work. If bacteria in humans develop a resistance to the strongest drug out there, these human can be taken to their death by a simple infection.
Fresh is everyone’s minds is the recent pet food contamination where the Chinese grain traders spiked products with the chemical melamine so that they would appear, in tests, to have more value as protein products. This contamination killed hundreds of pets through out the Untied States.
I had been working on this article on Wednesday when Jim Hightower came on the radio with speaking on this very same subject, and I quote:
“Food fifth is back with a vengeance: scallops and sardines coated with putrefying bacteria; prunes with chemical dyes not fit for human consumption; frozen shrimp preserved with a cancer-causing agent.’
“These stomach-turning (and deadly) foodstuffs are not products from American processing factories – but from China. With the likes of Wal-Mart scouring the world for the cheapest possible products it can find, China is the fastest-growing source of U.S. food imports, flooding our markets with products unfit to eat. "Low-priced" food, you see, can come at a horrendously high cost.”
Not only the food bad, but we also need to beware of the lead based jewelry. Children’s toys are often made with lead and painted with lead paint.
Aside from the poisonous foods and toxic materials they are shipping to us for consumption, their civil and employee rights are non existent. China is a nation of low paid slaves and every time we purchase something that was made in China we are saying it is OK.
What will it take to get people to stop buying Chinese products? How many people could have been killed had the melamine made its way into human food chain? Is that what it will take? Do they have to kill off a couple thousand Americans before the government throws out another 9-1-1 style defense against this enemy? We are closing the borders, yet the market for Chinese foods and products remain open in the name of free trade.