Another Call to Action Follow-Up

Well, my other senator, Ed Markey, responded to my email regarding provisions in the proposed NAFTA replacement that would prevent the U.S. from unilaterally protecting citizens against rapacious Big Tech and . . . unlike Senator Warren’s response, this one actually touches on my concern:

Dear Alexander:

Thank you for contacting me about the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). I appreciate hearing from you on this matter.

NAFTA took effect on January 1, 1994 and established a free trade area as part of a comprehensive economic and free trade agreement among the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Since that time, serious concerns have been raised about the agreement’s effect on U.S. economy, workers, and the environment. Last year, the Trump administration sent notification to Congress of its intent to begin talks to renegotiate NAFTA, and negotiations between the three countries began in August 2017.

I believe that the United States should only work towards international trade agreements that safeguard workers’ rights and protect our environment in order to promote a healthy global economy. That means trade deals should not outsource jobs or justice, but rather increase wages and protect workers’ rights. In addition, trade deals should safeguard our environment and should not circumvent U.S. courts. The United States should not agree to trade deals that contain provisions allowing foreign corporations to litigate decisions made by our government, and do it outside of our own courts.

On October 1, 2018, the Trump administration announced that President Trump, President Nieto of Mexico and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada had come to an agreement on an update to the trade deal. The new trade deal, called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, is not binding until it is ratified by each country’s legislature.

While there appear to be some improvements in the agreement relating to environmental and labor provisions, these provisions must be enforceable to have any real effect. The new agreement is complex and requires careful review, so while there are many steps to take before Congress votes on any agreement, I will take every opportunity to improve it between now and when that happens. I will continue working toward trade solutions that support our economy, our workers, and our environment in NAFTA and any trade agreement that the United States considers.

Note that my concern wasn’t just about foreign companies. Although, just two days ago, Markey was one of three senators to to send a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg expressing privacy concerns about the company’s recently revealed Project Atlas. The letter contained a list of questions, with answers due March 1. They also sent letters to Google and Apple.

So Markey seems keyed in on this issue. He’s also at least pays lip service to American workers, and is not a fan of outsourcing US jobs.

On the other hand, he’s all-in in Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal.”

Look, all I want is citizens and not the super-rich deciding elections. I know, I know, I’m dreaming . . .


Know who else was dreaming, or thought she was? Elpida Kallistos, the protagonist in my debut novel, A Traitor to Dreams. If you’re into high technology coupled with Greek mythology, old-school RPGs, and a healthy dose of philosophy with your sword fights, this book is for you!

12 comments

  1. If I recall correctly, America used to have a part time congress. If we scrubbed public benefits and forced Congress to live and work under the very laws they passed, I’m sure they’d think twice about any issue – be it Internet privacy or throwing trillions of dollars at saving the planet.

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    • “and forced Congress to live and work under the very laws they passed”

      That this *isn’t* the case means the republic is dead.

      A few years back, before I stopped caring about “muh Constitution,” I read a few early commentaries on the document. Bayard best articulated the “skin the game” principle and indeed believed it was key to whole enterprise: “The true principle is, that the legislators, and those connected with them, shall be affected by the laws they make, in the same manner as the rest of the community. Without this, there can be no true representation.”

      As for the Green New Deal or whatever, the cuckservatives made the usual mistake of maintaining the left’s frame instead of effortlessly disqualifying and dismissing them. Only Trump and his people, like the swole Acting AG who dunked on Chairman Nadler the other day, know how to handle the feminine/gamma leftists.

      Ergo, the GOP needs more alphas and deadlifters if it wants to win. I’ll take the farmers too, as Rep Nunes recently said the Trump-Russia hoax “journalists” should learn how to code.

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      • Alexander,

        Yup. It just opens a country to abuse. It doesn’t help that the political elites have a patronizing animus towards the electorate while at the same time fearful of them.

        The political elites are imposters in the sense that they rightly suffer from impostor syndrome because quite frankly they’re unimpressive. The media is nothing but political operatives with bylines who sole job is to make the party look awesome and denigrate the opposition.

        xavier

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      • Sounds like the US! We have an unelected fourth branch of government—the administrative state—that has way more power than the other branches save maybe the judiciary.

        I remember taking administrative law in law school and quickly realizing the whole thing was an unconstitutional sham. They can create regulations that NOBODY voted for, yet they have the same effect as laws passed by the judiciary. Congress, for reasons of laziness or something more sinister, delegated its lawmaking authority to an executive creation. RIP balance of power.

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      • I think the Republic as founder and intended died a long time ago but we’ve been so rich and fat and happy to notice—or care. Now that the ride is coming to an end, people are finally waking up to this fact.

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  2. Alexander,

    Yup. I took administrative lawboth in law school and in politics sci.
    What always bothered me is that the regulations neutralize the rule of law due to their obscurity. And is where the deep state types can effectively rule the population from behind the scenes.
    xavier

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