To Die for NAFTA
"The commonest error in politics,"
Lord Salisbury, "is sticking to the carcass of
Lord Salisbury`s rule comes to mind on
reading of John McCain`s delight at the $40 billion
contract awarded the French-led parent of Airbus—to
build the next generation of U.S. Air Force tankers.
The contract could run to $100 billion
and is a body blow to Boeing in its duel to the death
with Airbus. Two-thirds of all air-to-air refueling
tankers are used by the United States. The contract
gives a 30-year lease on life to the expiring Airbus
A330 and means early death for Boeing`s 767, the U.S.
model for the tanker.
Congratulating himself for having
exposed corruption in the Boeing bid, McCain purred,
"I have always insisted that the Air Force buy major
weapons through fair and open competition." [Boeing
backers blame McCain for losing deal, Seattle
March 7, 2008 ]
If McCain thinks Airbus has prospered
through "fair and open competition," he is beyond
recall. In its first 25 years, Airbus sold 770 planes
but did not make a dime in profit. It was started as a
socialist cartel, subsidized by the governments of
Spain, France, Britain and Germany, to invade and
capture a market owned by Americans who built the
planes that won World War II.
Airbus drove Lockheed and
McDonnell-Douglas out of the business of commercial
aircraft and almost took down Boeing. And like indolent
buffalo munching grass as they are shot one by one, we
let it happen.
Lost U.S. jobs should not be our primary
concern, said McCain, "I`ve always felt the best
thing to do is to create the best weapons system we can
at minimum cost to taxpayers."
But if McCain thinks cost trumps all in
building weapons of war, why not outsource the building
carriers, cruisers, destroyers, frigates and
submarines to the foreign shipyards that construct
America`s merchant ships? Why not hire and train foreign
sailors as crews?
Why not outsource the scores of
thousands of U.S. government jobs handling Social
Security checks and tax returns to Bangladesh and India?
After all, the neocons want to hire
foreign mercenaries to fight America`s wars and
reward them with U.S. citizenship, as the Romans did
in the last days of the empire.
What does it mean to be an American
It took 20 years to wake up blockheaded
Republicans to the social insanity of open borders. Only
the collapse of his candidacy last summer jolted McCain
into realizing that the 80 percent of Americans who
reject amnesty and
want a border fence are not all "bigots," as
Lindsay Graham, said they were.
Is it going to take 20 more years for
Republicans to awaken to the economic disaster they have
created and the political ruin they are inviting with
this fanatic faith in "free trade," while the
rest of the world loots our country through
When Europe imposes a 15 percent
value-added tax on U.S. imports and rebates the VAT on
exports to the United States, that is not free trade.
When China devalues its currency 45 percent, as it did
in 1994, and bolts it down to suck jobs and factories
out of the United States, that is not free trade. When
Japan manipulates its currency, preaches economic
nationalism to its people, and shelters its market for
TVs, autos and steel, while dumping into and capturing
ours, that is not free trade.
McCain admits to knowing almost nothing
about economics and is now being advised by my old
friend Jack Kemp. In a
Wall Street Journal
essay bemoaning my views, Kemp concedes,
"I`m on the
advisory board of Toyota North America and now drive
a hybrid Lexus."
Nor is Jack the only pol who has found
happiness in a foreign employ. Ex-secretaries of state
and Cabinet officers, ex-senators and congressmen, and
ex-White House aides are getting rich working for
foreigners who are carting off American jobs, American
technology, American markets, American factories—and
Yet retribution may be at hand for our
multinational GOP. In Ohio, NAFTA is a five-letter word
with a four-letter meaning, as Ohio lost a huge slice of
the 3.5 million manufacturing jobs that vanished under
the McCain-Kemp-Bush policy of unilateral disarmament in
the trade wars being waged against America.
Look at the Bush-McCain record: $4
trillion in trade deficits, $2.5 trillion in
manufactures alone. One in every six manufacturing jobs,
3 million, gone. With America borrowing $2 billion a day
to pay for foreign goods, we have seen a collapse of the
dollar, the price of gold quadruple to $1,000 an ounce,
oil soar to $107 a barrel and gas heading toward $4 a
Where Bush has created an average of
46,000 new private-sector jobs a month, Bill Clinton did
five times as well, creating 220,000 a month.
Hillary won Ohio denouncing the NAFTA
deal Bill Clinton cut. The lady gets it. McCain remains
a loyal NAFTA man. Good luck in Ohio and Michigan. As
the Great Peer said, "The commonest error in politics
is sticking to the carcass of dead policies."
CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.
Patrick J. Buchanan
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