Republicans want America to fail

Republicans want America to fail

There are 1791 comments on the Asheville Citizen-Times story from Mar 9, 2009, titled Republicans want America to fail. In it, Asheville Citizen-Times reports that:

Three cheers for President Obama. He got his stimulus package through Congress - and with bi-partisan support.

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Since: Feb 09

United States

#1882 Apr 14, 2009
BIBROC wrote:
<quoted text> Let's just keep on going back and back. Here is JFK and Iraq.
Iraq
In 1963, the Kennedy administration backed a coup against the government of Iraq headed by General Abdel Karim Kassem, who five years earlier had deposed the Western-allied Iraqi monarchy. The CIA helped the new Baath Party government led by Abdul Salam Arif in ridding the country of suspected leftists and Communists. In a Baathist bloodbath, the government used lists of suspected Communists and other leftists provided by the CIA, to systematically murder untold numbers of Iraq's educated elite — killings in which Saddam Hussein himself is said to have participated. The victims included hundreds of doctors, teachers, technicians, lawyers and other professionals as well as military and political figures.[34][35][36] According to an op-ed in the New York Times, the U.S. sent arms to the new regime, weapons later used against the same Kurdish insurgents the U.S. supported against Kassem and then abandoned. American and UK oil and other interests, including Mobil, Bechtel and British Petroleum, were conducting business in Iraq.[34]
Interesting, but what does that have to NAFTA?

Since: Feb 09

United States

#1883 Apr 14, 2009
What is NAFTA?:
NAFTA is short for the North American Free Trade Agreement. NAFTA covers Canada, the U.S. and Mexico making it the world’s largest free trade area in terms of GDP. As of January 1, 2008, all tariffs between the three countries have have been eliminated. Between 1993-2007, trade tripled from $297 billion to $930 billion.(Source: USTR, U.S.- Mexican Officials Meet to Discuss NAFTA, January 11, 2008; NAFTA: Myth versus Fact, March 18, 2008)
When Was NAFTA Started?:
NAFTA was signed by U.S. President George H.W. Bush, Mexican President Salinas, and Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney in 1992. It was ratified by the legislatures of the three countries in 1993. The U.S. House approved it by 234 to 200 on November 17 and the Senate by 60 to 38 on November 20. It was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on December 8, 1993 and entered force January 1,1994. Although it was started by President Bush, it was a priority of President Clinton's, and its passage is considered one of his first successes.(Source: History.com , NAFTA Signed into Law, December 8, 1993.
How Was NAFTA Started?:
The impetus for NAFTA actually began with President Ronald Regan, who campaigned on a North American common market. In 1984, Congress passed the Trade and Tariff Act. This is important because it gave the President "fast-track" authority to negotiate free trade agreements, while while only allowing Congress the ability to approve or disapprove, not change negotiating points. Canadian Prime Minister Mulroney agrees with Reagan to begin negotiations for the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, which was signed in 1988, went into effect in 1989 and is now suspended due to NAFTA.(Source: NaFina, NAFTA Timeline)

Meanwhile, Mexican President Salinas and President Bush began negotiations for a liberalized trade between the two countries. Prior to NAFTA, Mexican tariffs on U.S. imports were 250% higher than U.S. tariffs on Mexican imports. In 1991, Canada requests a trilateral agreement, which then led to NAFTA. In 1993, concerns about liberalization of labor and environmental regulations led to the adoption of two addendums to NAFTA.(Source: Infoplease.com , NAFTA)
Why Was NAFTA Formed?:
Article 102 of the NAFTA agreement outlines its purpose:

* Grant the signatories Most Favored Nation status.
* Eliminate barriers to trade and facilitate the cross-border movement of goods and services.
* Promote conditions of fair competition.
* Increase investment opportunities.
* Provide protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights.
* Create procedures for the resolution of trade disputes.
* Establish a framework for further trilateral, regional and multilateral cooperation to expand NAFTA's benefits.

Since: Feb 09

United States

#1884 Apr 14, 2009
I know I posted this before but you keep talking about it! here is the link!

http://useconomy.about.com/od/tradepolicy/p/N...
apple

Suffolk, VA

#1885 Apr 14, 2009
The greed on Wall St. and in Washington D.C. is why we are in this mess. There was not accountability for the shafting that hard working Americans got and are still receiving. Both Democrat and Republicans are responsible. If a company is failing then it's leaders need to be kicked to the curb not the average worker. Things will never change, the rich will stay rich and the working man/woman will always have to struggle. That's the way it's always been and that's they it will always be. Good luck to everyone.

“' I'm not my brothers keeper'”

Since: Jun 08

'Born Free---Taxed To Death'

#1886 Apr 14, 2009
apple wrote:
The greed on Wall St. and in Washington D.C. is why we are in this mess. There was not accountability for the shafting that hard working Americans got and are still receiving. Both Democrat and Republicans are responsible. If a company is failing then it's leaders need to be kicked to the curb not the average worker. Things will never change, the rich will stay rich and the working man/woman will always have to struggle. That's the way it's always been and that's they it will always be. Good luck to everyone.
Is this the direction we are headed?????

Since: Apr 07

Asheville N.C.

#1887 Apr 15, 2009
sigrid wrote:
I know I posted this before but you keep talking about it! here is the link!
http://useconomy.about.com/od/tradepolicy/p/N...
Most already know this sigrid, the question is why does Ghost Dog continuously lie by omission ??

“' I'm not my brothers keeper'”

Since: Jun 08

'Born Free---Taxed To Death'

#1888 Apr 15, 2009
Deport Obama wrote:
Al Capone was also a Community Organizer from Chicago
Then that would be, Barack 'Capone' Obama

“California Real ID”

Since: Oct 08

Santa Cruz, CA

#1889 Apr 15, 2009
Odinga wrote:
<quoted text>
Is this the direction we are headed?????
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =PUaY3LhJ-IQXX
Maxine Waters AKA Looney Tune. Good clip.

Unfortunately Abraham Delano Messiah Obama very likely will use price controls, which will lead to shortages, which will lead to rationing, which will lead to civil unrest - you can figure out the rest...

The depression is just beginning folks! Its not even really bad yet. 25% unemployment, you heard it here.

Since: Feb 08

Asheville, NC

#1890 Apr 15, 2009
sigrid wrote:
<quoted text>
Interesting, but what does that have to NAFTA?
Because GhostDog was talking about Iraq earlier in the thread.
Ghost Dog

Springfield, MO

#1892 Apr 15, 2009
hanger4 wrote:
<quoted text>
Most already know this sigrid, the question is why does Ghost Dog continuously lie by omission ??
Omission of what? I have always said Clinton signed it after Congress ratified it. It was the culmination of Reagan's desire for a North American Union. He started the procedure in 1984 and signed the American Free Trade Agreement in 1986. Bush Daddy wanted more and started NAFTA negotiations in 1991 and signed NAFTA in December 1992, passing it off for Clinton to sign after Congress ratified it. Where is the ommission? All this is in the link, plus more!

Since: Apr 07

Asheville N.C.

#1893 Apr 15, 2009
Ghost Dog wrote:
<quoted text>Omission of what? I have always said Clinton signed it after Congress ratified it. It was the culmination of Reagan's desire for a North American Union. He started the procedure in 1984 and signed the American Free Trade Agreement in 1986. Bush Daddy wanted more and started NAFTA negotiations in 1991 and signed NAFTA in December 1992, passing it off for Clinton to sign after Congress ratified it. Where is the ommission? All this is in the link, plus more!
You keep changing your story, but that's fine, just make sure everytime you place blame the of NAFTA you include Clinton with Buch #1, Reagan and/or whom ever else is on your hate list for the day.

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