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Contact congress on WTO

By WILL CHRISTENSEN
Provo

Editor:

The 1994 measure in which Congress approved membership in the World Trade Organization contained a provision allowing a vote for withdrawal every five years. In 2000, Congress did consider the matter, but a majority refused to take our nation out of the organization. Most members of Congress must have felt that the WTO was just about trade and not about sovereignty.

However, as the past decade has shown, WTO mandates have overruled our nation's tax laws, set prices on the goods we import, imposed taxation on Americans, and dictated numerous policies that only Congress was given power to set.

In November 2004, the WTO once again exposed its dictatorial nature by imposing punitive taxes on U.S. exports because of its opposition to a law duly passed by the U.S. Congress and signed by the President. It is outrageous that a foreign organization has been given power to impose taxes on Americans and to demand repeal of one of our laws. President Bush has stated his intention to have Congress "get in compliance" with WTO demands. Now that it has become completely obvious that the WTO has been given power over our nation, it's time for the U.S. to withdraw from the organization.

Early in 2005, Congress will once again consider a measure to quit the WTO. Write or call your Senators and Representative urging them to sponsor or cosponsor a bill to withdraw the United States from the WTO.

Your Senators and Representative can be reached toll free at 1-877-762-8762.





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