Does Free Trade Need Secrecy?
Clinton Administration Seeking Special Privilege Agreement for China
The Clinton administration is asking Congress to ratify a secret agreement for "Normal Trade Relations" with China, but refuses to share the contents of the proposed agreement with the news media or the public.
Here is what the US Reform Party had to say about this.
WHEREAS, the Clinton administration is asking Congress to ratify a secret agreement for Normal Trade Relations with China, and refuses to share the contents of their proposed agreement with the citizens of the United States; and
WHEREAS, citizens will have no opportunity to review the agreement, debate the issues and confer with their elected representatives on those issues; therefore be it
RESOLVED, that the Reform Party urge the President not to submit legislation during this session to grant Permanent Normal Trade Relations to China; and
RESOLVED, that the Reform Party urges Congress to reject such legislation, if submitted; and be it further
RESOLVED, the Reform Party commits to lead the fight to defeat such legislation if it is considered.
ADOPTED this first day of March, in the year 2000 by a vote of the members of the Executive Committee of the Reform Party of the United States of America.
Since when does free trade require government to keep secrets from the public? Is this just a scheme to avoid dealing with China's slave labor problem? Tell your views to The Progress Report:
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