Bill Clinton, along with his wife, Hillary, are two of my least favorite people on the entire planet.
Back in the ’90s when President Clinton thought he was revolutionizing global trade, he set the scene for a complete meltdown of our economic system. Each of those free-trade agreements President Clinton signed into law withdrew any incentive foreign countries once had to do business with America. It is all “import this,” but no “export that!” Now, we find ourselves enslaved to foreign products and forgetting what it is like to see a tag that reads “Made in America.”
Let me explain. The European Union decided to start heavily taxing US products, like corn, US beef, and even US-owned airliners landing in foreign European countries. In fact, the EU even goes as far as banning our products to boost the sales of their own farmers and companies, which eventually come back as sales to the United States in some foreign-made product form. And guess what? They fall under free trade agreements. So who loses and who wins in this situation? Certainly not the United States, but that is okay with the Clintons.
Noting the above consequences of one Clinton in office, take note that not much has changed. Apparently, President Clinton feels that Mrs. Clinton and he both agree (her comment on this quote not yet received) that the best way to fight global warming is to slow down the economy. I quote:
“And maybe America, and Europe, and Japan, and Canada — the rich counties — would say, ‘OK, we just have to slow down our economy and cut back our greenhouse gas emissions ’cause we have to save the planet for our grandchildren.’ We could do that.” Source.
Okay, with the American economy in shambles, greenhouse gas emission concerns should be and probably are the least of anyone’s concern, except for the über-liberal crazy green machines living in trees, perhaps. Following this fantastic line of reasoning, we will drop our concern for the flattening of society, which lead to an outsourcing of good jobs to foreign markets, to stop the greenhouse gas emissions. Well, Al Gore be damned because if we do not fix the current state of the economy now, President Clinton’s glossy-eyed dream for the future of our grandchildren will never come true because there will be no economic system to support them or the families that brought them into the world.
One good turn deserves another, right? Let us open our borders to free trade, and now with the illegal immigration problem, why do we not open those physical borders, too? Let us simply forget about the economy, its current state, and what the consequences will be if the people of this country do not act smartly to turn things around today. Rather, let our focus be on reducing greenhouse gas emissions as other countries, especially the BRICs of the world, double in growth and prosperity when they do nothing.
Sometimes it pays not to be the good guys. In this instance, perhaps our focus should remain on the economy at hand – the present dire situation – and not to future assumptions.