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Letter to the Editor: Say no to FTAA



During 2005, Congress will be asked to pass legislation committing the United States to membership in a new Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). More than 10 years in the planning, the FTAA would entangle 34 Western Hemisphere nations in exactly the kind of sovereignty-destroying arrangement in which nations in the European Union (EU) now find themselves.

The various proposals ostensibly promoting "free trade" call for government-controlled -even internationally controlled-commerce. These pacts have little to do with freedom when they contain hundreds-even thousands-of pages of regulations. They are instead steps designed ultimately to bring about regional government and then world government.

The drive to have the U.S. submit to the FTAA must be blocked if the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution are to be preserved, and if future generations are to enjoy the proven successes of more than 200 years of our nation's enviable history.

Commerce was not the only matter addressed by the WTO. When entry into this pact was being considered in 1994, the attorneys general of 42 separate states warned that it threatened to force changes in the laws of each of their state and local governments. Some members of Congress are now advocating U.S. withdrawal from the WTO.They point to WTO rulings against our nation's tax laws, steel tariffs, oil importation, and even the purchase of bananas.

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