March 16, 2016
wo years ago, on the 20th anniversary of NAFTA, the Globalist trade treaty, Lori Wallach of Public Citizen wrote, at the Huffington Post (“NAFTA at 20: One Million U.S. Jobs Lost, Higher Income Inequality,” 1/6/2014):
“…outcomes include a staggering $181 billion U.S. trade deficit with NAFTA partners Mexico and Canada and the related loss of 1 million net U.S. jobs under NAFTA, growing income inequality, displacement of more than one million Mexican campesino farmers and a doubling of desperate immigration from Mexico…”
Imagine that two guys (hail Bernie) (hail Trump), after pushing and shoving each other at a rally, crushing each other’s signs, screaming, throwing a few punches, accusing each other of betraying what America stands for, and so on, backed off, settled down a little, and actually (God forbid) started talking—
Hail Bernie Guy: So who the hell are you anyway?
Hail Trump Guy: What the hell are you talking about?
HBG: What do you do?
HTG: None of your business. What do you do?
HBG: Nothing. Not a damn thing. I’ve been looking for work since 2011.
HBG: You find that hard to believe, you idiot?
HTG: No. I’m out of work, too. I had a job in a factory in Ohio.
HBG: I worked in a factory in Illinois.
HTG: You’re kidding.
HBG: They stole my job. My company shut down the plant and moved it to Mexico.
HTG: My company went to Bangladesh. The workers there make four cents an hour. If they’re lucky.
HBG: That’s why they relocate. Slave wages, no unions, no safety regulations.
HTG: Jesus, you and I are…
HBG: Looks like we’re in the same friggin’ boat. And it sank.
HTG: My guy Trump says he can bail me out with a job.
HBG: My guy says the same thing. Not sure I really believe him.
HTG: I know what you mean. My guy is a lot of flash.
HBG: My guy thinks the government can fix things. You mean the Congress is going to repeal all those fucking trade treaties that put us in a hole to begin with? I don’t see it happening.
HBG: Does it occur to you…
HTG: That we’re both being worked over? It sort of does.
HBG: I mean, how is it that, this year, there are two guys running for President who are opposite extremes, and both of them are talking about bringing jobs back to the US and how we’re being screwed? But they’re opposites. Total extreme opposites.
HTG: It’s like somebody wants to put us at each other’s throats, even though…
HBG: We both have the same problem. Caused by the same damn people.
HTG: The Globalists.
HBG: The fucking Globalists.
HTG: Can you imagine what would happen if all of us, all the Americans who’ve been getting screwed in the same way, losing our jobs, were on the same side?
HBG: We could be a fucking tidal wave.
HTG: So who wins by keep us at each other’s throats?
HBG: A Globalist.
HTG: A Globalist who’s running for President.
HBG: Who happens to have a husband who signed the fucking NAFTA treaty in 1993, and put a million Americans out of work.
HTG: Not only that. NAFTA put over a million Mexican farmers in the dumper, too. How many of them do you think have been coming up across the border because they’re broke?