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Anti-FTAA Victory

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An Anti-FTAA Victory
by Kurt Williamsen
May 14, 2005

Members of Arizona's Senate and House affirmed their dissatisfaction with phony "free trade" agreements by voting to formally request rejection at the federal level of the proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), a pact that would create a so-called free trade agreement between 34 countries in North and South America.

Called the House Concurrent Memorial 2006, the resolution urges the Congress not to enter the FTAA because the FTAA does not represent true free trade and does not safeguard American constitutional principles. The body of the resolution includes the following findings:

Whereas, the United States has always been the world leader in pushing for free trade, which is the hallmark of our capitalistic society; and
Whereas, both the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), through the use of trade tribunals, now claim the sovereign authority to overrule decisions of American courts and make awards to foreign businesses for violations of trade agreements;...

The Arizona House and Senate urged that “the United States Congress vote no on any agreement for the United States to enter into a Free Trade Area of the Americas” and that copies of this go to the President of the United States Senate, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, and each Member of Congress from the State of Arizona.

This resolution was passed by the Arizona House by a vote of 49 to 6 and in the Senate by a vote of 16 to 13. It was filed in the Office of the Secretary of State on April 19, 2005. Activity in the House was pushed by resolution sponsors Rep. Judy Burges and Rep. Ted Carpenter. In the Senate, Sen. Karen Johnson quarterbacked the resolution and Sen. Ron Gould pushed its passage.

Tom S

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Feb 12, 2005
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Looks like people are starting to wake up OT. Thanks for the post. It's not even a trade issue, it's giving up our soverenty, rights and liberty! The google eyed economists who can "ONLY" see dollar signs don't care and do not understand the important things that have made this country what it is.

Maple Leaf Angus

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Feb 10, 2005
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Tom S said:
Maple Leaf Angus said:
"Sovereignty" is a great thing when it is "our sovereignty".

Well thank you for the spell check!!! So what else should we talk about?

:lol: :lol: :lol:

Tom S. - you are A great comedian, but don't give up your day job.

Beyond the "spellcheck" (which wasn't my intent) - the boundaries of a country's sovereignty are usually less clear to other countries than to its own government and citizens.

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