Outsourcing corporate entities would have us believe that changing or modifying free trade agreements to effect a more level playing field for American workers is – gasp – unAmerican.  What those corporate powers don’t want you to know is the depth to which our workers are truly affected.

Last year, Japan and Honda sold 3 million cars in America while Ford and GM sold only 10,000 in Japan.  Why?  Japan imposes mark-ups, restrictions, and obstacles on American imports.   A $25,000 American car carries a prohibitive $50,000 price tag once it is put on display in Japan.  No one in Japan calls it protectionism, but that is what it is.   A rose is a rose is a rose.

Yet, when this type of disparity is highlighted by American workers and supporters of retooling free trade agreements, corporate powers immediately use scare tactics to browbeat the American worker and consumer by screaming protectionism.

Since 2000, 3 million manufacturing jobs have left our country.   A refreshing change would be a law requiring Japanese car makers to sell the same number of cars in the U.S. that they import into their country.  It would limit Japan to 5.5 percent of the U.S market.  The void left by cutting Japanese car imports could be filled by American manufactured cars.

What a concept – treating the American worker fairly by insisting that the rules of the game be the same for all.  Fair trade – not free trade – is the only way to protect our workers and ensure that they can compete in a world dominated by cheap labor and nonexistent environmental protections of foreign lands.

Put American workers to work - buy American made products

Put American workers to work - buy American made products


About Charlotte A. Weybright

I own a home in the historical West Central Neighborhood of Fort Wayne, Indiana. I have four grown sons and nine grandchildren - four grandsons and five granddaughters. I love to work on my home, and I enjoy crafts of all types. But, most of all, I enjoy being involved in political and community issues.
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  1. Karen Snyder says:

    Thank you for considering fair trade. The fair trade community is now reaching out to the White House.

    Fair Trade the White House is a coalition of fair trade vendors and organizations which is inviting the First Lady to join the fair trade movement and make the White House a “Fair Trade Home.” The purpose of the outreach is to raise greater awareness of fair trade to the American consumer, so each person will choose to “Join the Fair Party,” and integrate more fair trade purchases into their regular buying habits, so that poverty is reduced in America and around the world.

    Green America, TransFair, Fair Trade Federation, IMO, Fair Trade Resource Network are all involved, as are 71 other fair trade vendors so far. Our invitation to the First Lady is live, and we just started generating media for a great campaign, which is projected to run through May, 2010.

    Please add your voice at: http://www.fairtradewhitehouse.com

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