By Chris Rossini
Today, Donald Trump made some very intriguing statements against NAFTA, which is short for the "North American Free Trade Agreement". Please don't be fooled by the inclusion of the words "free trade" in the title. The agreement has nothing whatsoever to do with free trade. The inclusion of those words are a political trick --- think "Patriot Act".
Here's what Trump said:
"I'm going tell our NAFTA partners that I intend to immediately renegotiate the terms of that agreement to get a better deal for our workers...If they do not agree to a renegotiation, then I will submit notice under Article 2205 of the NAFTA agreement that America intends to withdraw from the deal."
If Trump is serious, and this isn't just a typical campaign lie, a libertarian would advise him to skip any "renegotiation" and simply withdraw from the deal.
The United States desperately needs real free trade with other nations. We don't need politicians to negotiate anything, except how quickly they can get out of the way.
NAFTA is government-managed trade. It's regional protectionism and a forced-trade agreement between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.
A real free trade agreement (if Americans really thought it were necessary) could be written in a couple of sentences. The monstrous NAFTA runs over 1,000 pages and is loaded with cronyism, regulations, production codes, and government bureaucracy that prohibits free trade.
When NAFTA was passed, Henry Kissinger wrote in the Los Angeles Times: “What Congress will have before it is not a conventional trade agreement but the architecture of a new international system...a first step toward a new world order.”
NAFTA is a globalist scheme, and not "free trade" as the servile American media likes to refer to it. The media tells us that NAFTA and free trade doesn't work. That's incorrect. Only NAFTA doesn't work. Free trade would work if it were allowed to exist.
The "new world order" of Kissinger and his ilk have taken some serious body blows lately, with Brexit acting as the latest upper cut. Getting the U.S. out of NAFTA would be another huge hit.
Would Donald Trump actually do such a thing? Who knows? We don't know what Donald Trump will say or do from one day to the next. But actually tossing the 1,000+ page monstrosity into a fire pit would be big....really big.
There is one qualification though. If NAFTA were burned to pieces, it can't be "replaced" with something else by government bureaucrats.
Real and genuine free trade should be the only thing left standing.