Free-trade trap |

Free-trade trap

Dear Editor: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 now find themselves.Americans will no longer have to worry about illegal immigration, because there will be no borders, instead we will have to deal with “mass migration.” The various proposals 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 to ultimately bring about regional government. The drive to have the United States 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. We should demand that Congress stop the FTAA! See: (or call: 1-800-JBS-USA-1). Lawrence SwanbergVictorville, Calif.

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