Let’s make it harder

Duane Stahl

Valley City

Are we willing to surrender independence and sovereignty?

Recently, Mexico passed a progressive labor reform bill, bringing the U.S. closer to ratifying the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA). This could lead to a North American Union (NAU), just as trade agreements led to the European Union. Our very sovereignty would be threatened by this compact of over 2,300 pages.

USMCA bureaucracies would usurp the constitutional duty of Congress to regulate commerce, as the agreement would create an unelected Free Trade Commission for that. The commission’s decisions would override our Congress. (Remember how an international trade agreement stopped our right to have country of origin labels (COOL) on beef and pork?)

The powers given to the free trade commission would essentially make the USMCA a “living agreement,” so it could be changed without Congress’s consent. The members could take advice from whomever they choose, promote the United Nations’ concept of “sustainable development,” etc. (It would be North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) plus Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, “We would like to get to a yes…. I thought it would be easier than this.” Let’s make it much harder (or impossible) to get that yes.

Phone Rep. Kelly Armstrong (202-225-3121) and Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer (202-224-3121) and ask that they vote NO on any USMCA implementation. The USMCA would increase government regulations, surrender independence, dictate employer/employee relations, perhaps wipe out our cattle industry, and threaten our constitutional rights.

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