President Trump’s Brutus and Cassius?
By Rich Loudenback
Being a huge Trump fan and wishing him the best in all that he does, I am sickened to report that he is blind as a bat on this USMCA (United States, Mexico, Canada) trade agreement he is heralding as the answer to replacing NAFTA (North America Free Trade Agreement).
Unfortunately, due to all the issues he has to juggle constantly, my opinion is that he is left to trusting those he shouldn’t be trusting. President Trump can’t possibly know what is in it or he wouldn’t be promoting it.
Larry Kudlow as Trump’s Director of the Economic Council is someone he should have full trust in. And apparently he does. I have heard Kudlow repeatedly make supporting statements that Robert E. Lighthizer is the best trade negotiator we have and the man responsible for the creation of the new proposed trade agreement known as the USMCA. Really.
There are a lot of problems with that though. Firstly, is Kudlow unaware of what is in the USMCA, which would be quite incompetent of him in his position or is he a party with Lighthizer to the utter treachery contained within this bogus agreement? I say bogus because the lead negotiator on the USMCA, Robert Lighthizer, was also the lead man on both NAFTA and TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) agreement which Trump killed only days after his presidency began. However, the USMCA looks to be the same as NAFTA plus 10-20%.
Caesar had friends like this named Marcus Junius Brutus and Gaius Cassius Longinus. I’m sure Kudlow and Lighthizer have no intent to assassinate Trump, but I can see if the USMCA becomes reality that when President Trump finds out the truth about what’s in it, him shouting words to Kudlow similar to that of Caesar’s ‘et tu, Brute?’
President Trump obviously doesn’t truly know what is in the USMCA. Here’s why.
President Trump is on record acknowledging all that is wrong with NAFTA and TPP for the same reasons. They are both bad for our interests, NAFTA with a blatant track record of injuries to our economy and our labor market and TPP taking those same designs even further with many more countries that likewise benefit from our handicaps purposefully structured into the huge Trojan Horse agreement.
Quoting Christian Gomez of The New American magazine in his special report ‘USMCA – A TPP Redux? ‘ – “ Virtually all of the problems inherent in the TPP are likewise contained in the USMCA, such as the erosion of national sovereignty, submission to a new global governance authority, the unrestricted movement of foreign nationals, workers’ rights to collective bargaining, and regional measures to combat climate change.”
In a nutshell, here is what is wrong with the USMCA:
- Integrates the economies of the three countries–following the example of the EU, we know that political integration follows economic integration, leading to a North American Union.
- Strips away Congress’ constitutional duty of regulating trade and immigration.
- Grants migrant workers labor protections and allows in an unlimited number of these workers
- Dictates employer regulations, including LGBTQ policies
- Forces submission of U.S. to international regulatory bodies
- Allows for a living document by granting the ability to change the agreement without Congress
- Creates layers of unaccountable bureaucracy
Plus, President Trump can’t have it both ways.
He can’t have the border wall and the USMCA! They are antithetical. Wanting both is a gigantic contradiction!
Again quoting Gomez from his article: “Migration Roadmap Chapter 23 of the USMCA could also serve as a beachhead for a cross-border migration invasion similar to that experienced in the European Union. In language that is virtually identical to that found in the TPP, Article 17.5 of Chapter 17 of the USMCA states: “No party shall adopt or maintain … a measure that … imposes a limitation on … the total number of natural persons that may be employed in a particular financial service sector or that a financial institution or cross-border service supplier may employ … in the form of numerical quotas or the requirement of an economic needs test.”
“This opens the door for Mexico and its incoming radical socialist government or for a Mexican, a Canadian, or even a U.S.-based company to sue the U.S. government for restricting the number of employees that such a company would want to bring across the border into the United States. As well, provisions from USMCA’s Chapters 17 and 23 have the potential to undermine President Trump’s border security measures and further open our nation’s borders. Article 23.8 on “Migrant Workers” requires each country to “ensure that migrant workers are protected under its labor laws, whether they are nationals or non-nationals” of the country they are residing in. (Emphasis added.)
“Such provisions could also further serve to help Democratic lawmakers retain President Obama’s unconstitutional executive action for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, commonly known as DACA. In fact, any adjudication on this matter could very well fall under the judicial jurisdiction of a USMCA bi-national panel for dispute resolution, rather than under the legal control of the United States.”
Although the USMCA does not include a separate chapter on gender-related issues, as was originally outlined among Canada’s goals, such language is sprinkled throughout the labor chapter, further advancing the LGBTQ agenda.
Schumer sides with Trump? In a rare display of bipartisan support, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) praised President Trump over the new USMCA, signaling possible support from Democratic lawmakers in the incoming 116th Congress in 2019.
Where is one American that will open our wonderful President’s eyes to the deceitful true intent of the USMCA?