In the November 10th, 2003 issue of Forbes, Ernesto Zedillo, former President of Mexico, stated his opinion that America was wrong to take a protectionist attitude where it comes to Agriculture.
"American trade negotiators suddenly decided the U.S. should join the EU's exclusive club of rich countries for perpetual agriculture, offered as a means of breaking the deadlock of the WTO Doha Round...."
He goes on to say, "Their proposal not only failed to commit to the total elimination of export subsides, as it should have done, given that these subsidies constitute outright dumping, but it also aimed to introduce provisions allowing them to legally perpetuate a significant part of their worst protectionist practices."
Folks, my fellow Americans, the bottom line to National Security has got to be "FOOD PRODUCTION!" Do you realize what would happen if we allowed our entire food production capability to Mexico? Not only would you invariably see deaths because of a lack of quality control, but you would also find America in a state of perpetual blackmail.
Folks like Zedillo believe that Americans OWE them. They talk about our "protectionism" harming our own ability to export food and other items. But let's be painfully honest with ourselves, who wants our products when the work force earns so much more than their own countrymen? We use to rationalize the situation by tellling ourselves that we produce more than they do, and that may be true, but when you consider that the average worker in some countries barely make a dollar an hour, I think they can afford to lose some production for such a gain in profits. No?
China, for example, has been importing a good bit from its Asian neighbor, Japan. According to a recent article in Fortune magazine, Why China Won't Hit A Wall, the demise of China, if it were to occur, wouldn't "bring cheer to Asian neighbors like Japan, where China sales accounted for half the growth in exports last year."
In closing, I remember when "everything" was a matter of National Security to Congress and the White House. I can recall when issues such as farm subsidies were considered critical for self reliance and national defense. Why the shift in thought here? Perhaps there is more behind-the-scenes goings on to this situation than meets the eye. All I know is that when you hear the former President of Mexico cry about America working to protect it's national defense, you need to know that he does not have OUR best interests at heart. Obviously, he is serving his own.
Isn't it time America wakes up?
Al Colombo, GKO Publisher