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Fair Trade and America's Struggling Economy: Left of Center View

Fair trade should be just that, fair. And while there are number of practices that have endured that may seem a little shady, such as under the table immigrant labor, for the most part, the world sees America as a place to get a fair deal.

Immigrants have been doing the dirtiest jobs for the lowest pay in America since day one. Hey, it may not be exactly fair, it may not be the best way to do things, but it is the way things have been done in almost every organized economy since the first one. This is an important issue and one that should be addressed, but there is a much larger problem looming.

The exploitation of immigrants is a common, global practice. Other countries know that it happens in America, but since it also happens in their own countries, there is no outrage at the practice. Heck, the only time people complain is when a new group arrives willing to work for less and endure more. There will always be someplace worse, hence there will always be someplace better, and as long as people see a chance for improvement this symbiotic relationship will continue.

The real danger to the American economy is coming from abroad, but not from where you would expect. Corporate America had been brutal, indulgent and somewhat unscrupulous, but the American Economy was viewed as one of the few places in the world where fair trade was possible. This is major economic powers like China and Japan were willing to lend us money. But with the Bush administration stripping away the last regulations, there was nothing to keep corporate greed in check. American executives are paying themselves obscene bonuses, even as their companies fail and the myth of fair play in America is evaporating.

Our economy is in shambles. We are over-extended financially, both nationally and individually. Experts are saying that the worst is yet to come. There will be more home foreclosures, higher unemployment and very soon the government will find itself in the same position as the people it represents. So we have to wonder, what will happen if China decides to foreclose on us?


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Fair Trade and America's Struggling Economy: Right of Center View

What is fair trade? Is it fair that American companies have to pay for the health care of their workers while in Europe and elsewhere the government pays for the healthcare of their citizens? Is it fair that in Guatemala it takes pennies to get the same workers that cost dollars here? How do we level the playing field when other nations have some big advantages when it comes to the cost of doing business?

American companies have had to outsource labor to compete on a global scale. There are basically two choices, we can try to get the wage standards and costs of doing business everywhere else on the planet to be as high as ours or we can find ways to cut costs here to keep foreign competitors from putting our companies out of business.

Trade agreements have allowed more foreign goods into American markets but have done virtually nothing to increase the presence of American goods in foreign markets. The end result is that we are buying a bunch of stuff made over their while they donít really buy much made over here. We have no services to offer them that are competitively priced and our goods cost far too much to make to stand a chance of sale in their markets sitting next to the stuff that their workers have made.

You basically have to be rich by foreign standards to afford American made goods so they donít sell overseas at any level near what would be needed to balance trade between the U.S. and the other nations of the world. Our crisis of trade requires that our leaders find ways to reduce the costs of doing business if we are to ever find any balance in our trading worldwide.

Fair trade is at the heart of Americaís struggling economy. We are at a serious disadvantage and need to work on making doing business in America profitable while keeping the costs low enough to promote trade abroad. Labor unions and trial lawyers need to give way to sensible labor laws and consumer protections that donít involve people getting rich when they stub their toe because some lawyer told them they should sue.

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A Legal Immigrantís Perspective

If you are not a Native American, you are an immigrant, so am I. I came legally to this country at the age of five with my parents who worked hard, paid taxes (even Jesus paid taxes), lived by the rules of this great nation and never took or accepted a penny from the government. We came seeking FREEDOM from a communist country. It was months before we were able to enter the US legally. I remember us getting medical exams, shots (small pox), background check, references, and going through numerous interviews once we arrived. I also remembered people coming to the US from all over the world who waited years since it was based on "Quotas". Read more...

Solving Our Immigration Problem

The major problem our country is facing with illegal immigrants today is because of the exploitation of these immigrants. We believe the solution to this problem is two-fold. First, we should allow more immigrants in this country to cut down on the number of illegal ones. Second, all immigrants should be educated about their rights at the expense of the government. Below, you will find an in-depth look at our suggested reforms.

Reforms for immigration limitations:

-New immigrants can't equal more than 1% of the US population in a given year (the population being from the last recorded census). That 1% will be further divided up to allow only a certain number of immigrants each month.
-Each country of origin for immigrants will be allowed a certain percentage of that 1%. No country could receive more than 10% of the total amount and no country can receive less than .1% of it. The left over percentage will be divided up between all countries as follows: Read more...

Do Elements Within the La Raza Movement Pose a Threat to America?

La Raza means literally ďThe RaceĒ in Spanish. The movement was formed in 1968 to promote the interests of the Mexican-American community. Like the NAACP and other affirmative-action minded organizations, La Raza has many members that are interested in being part of America and promoting equality for all Americans. The fundamental goals as stated by the movement are benign and represent the ideals of American diversity and cultural pride.

There is another movement affiliated with La Raza that has historically been more militant and still maintains documents within their organization that point to isolationistic views Read More

A Plan

The one major thing that seems to be lacking in the immigration debate is a real plan that addresses the legitimate concerns with illegal immigration. There are strong opinions on both sides and a lot of rhetoric but there isnít really any solid plan being promoted to address the illegal immigration issue in a way that is both fair and logical.

So, that being said here is my idea:Read More

Trucking Cross Borders

This is mainly a concern for the trucking business. If we allow these people to come into our country, bringing cargo that we in America have, and can supply, then we are saying that the American working people are not needed, and have lost all say to legally enforced DOT (Department of Transportation) laws.Read More



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