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Hillary supporters, (especially those who are of the White Working Class type) need to wake up to the fact that your supporting someone who is part of the corporate trade agenda “wing” of the Democrat Party.

  • Bill Clinton signing and supporting NAFTA, the starting block for the development of the North American Union between the US, Canada and Mexico.
  • Hillary’s former top campaign strategist Mark Penn being a proponent for free trade agreements that further advance the development of a North American Union. (Though she says she does not support NAFTA)
  • Hillary’s support for granting amnesty to illegal aliens (a part of the leaked strategy that was created by those who are proponents of the creation of the North American Union)
  • Some of Clinton’s MAJOR donors past and present (Sant Singh Chatwal, Norman Hsu, Sanjay Puri) are individuals who benefit greatly from the outsourcing of white collar tech jobs and other white collar jobs to places like India
  • Bill Clinton’s investments through his company, WJC Investments, that made profit off the outsourcing of US jobs to India.

The corporate trade agenda wing of the Democrat party found their ‘Willie Horton” tool in Reverend Wright. They use a strategy that has long been used by the GOP; a sizable section of the “White Working Class” is easily influenced/steered/motivated to vote against anything that is connected to Black America through the use of fear based politics.

Obviously, Black American issues have traditionally been sponsored/supported by the Democrat Party. Thus, the use of this tactic traditionally has been by the GOP to garner the “white working class vote”.

It’s a well know fact that this group of voters has traditionally voted for Republicans.

With the debacle that is the Presidency of Dupya, the white working class vote was ripe for the picking. Billary’s people figured this out before the Texas and Ohio primaries by mocking Obama’s message of racial conciliation.

WAKE UP. YOUR GETTING PLAYED!

Sure. Bill left the White House with America in much better shape than what we’re getting with Dupya. What you don’t understand is that the ones who were PROSPERING off the Clinton policies was not the ‘White Working Class”.

Your jobs were being outsourced to India and Mexico.

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Having been born and raised in Gary, Indiana (1st 18years), I’ve lived in the Raleigh-Durham, NC area since June 2001. The similarities between Indiana and North Carolina are in most instances subtle, and in some instances striking.

Indiana, Northwest Indiana in particular, has suffered greatly due to the global economy, primarily through the loss of blue collar work in steel mills and manufacturing.

The Raleigh-Durham area is positively affected by it’s proximity to Research Triangle Parks Biomedical and Technology focused industry. These industry’s and the major banking industry presence in Charlotte has allowed both the Raleigh-Durham and Charlotte job force in North Carolina to avoid being negatively affected by the global economy.

However, rural North Carolina has been devastated by the effects of the global economy. Free trade agreements have negatively affected both North Carolina and Indiana with respects to jobs being lost to cheap labor located in places foreign to US soil.

How fitting is it that the two primary’s that I believe will decide who gets the Democrat Presidential nomination are the Indiana and North Carolina primaries.

The North Carolina voter has a unique paradox because it ecompasses voters who have not only been negatively affected by the global economy but also positively and negatively affected by the US’s global war on terror.

Eastern North Carolina is home to a vast number of US military installations such as:

The Marine Corps Air Station in Cherry Point, NC

Fort Bragg Army Installation near Fayetteville, NC

Pope Air Force Base, Fayetteville, NC

Seymour Johnson Air Force Base

Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Installation

The US Cost Guard Installation in Elizabeth City, NC

The Marine Corps Air Station in Jacksonville, NC

While North Carolina bases have seen an increase in military manpower assigned to it’s bases (thus creating economic stimulus to the communities they surround), they have also had to deal with the loss of life and problems facing soldiers who return with mental and physical injuries associated with serving in the two wars the US is currently involved in, Afghanistan and Iraq.

While Indiana as well as other states certainly are dealing with similar issues, North Carolina is one of the epicenters for these concerns in whole US of A.

That’s actually the way I view Northwest Indiana in the area of job loss to foreign labor; an epicenter of blue collar job loss. In this area, the job losses started in the 70’s. “The Region” (as they call it) has lost, probably, over 100,000 jobs in the steel and manufacturing sectors over the past two decades. I actually believe that 100,000 would be a conservative number.

In some respects, the textile industry in North Carolina has suffered the same plight as the Northwest Indiana industries. Take a look at the following:

  • 1994—> The Uruguay Round’s Agreement on Textiles and Clothing (ATC) requires countries like the U.S. to phase out import restrictions on textiles and apparel under MFA over the next ten years.—> NAFTA goes into effect.
  • 1999—> Burlington Industries lays off over 2000 workers in six North Carolina textile plants.
  • 2000—> President Clinton signs the Trade and Development Law of 2000. Thislaw consists of the U.S. – Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA) and the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Both of these measures improve trade relations between the U.S. and countries in the Caribbean Basin and Africa.—> Shelby Yarn closes three plants in Shelby and Cherryville, North Carolina, eliminating 650 jobs.
  • 2001—> Westpoint Stevens eliminates 1250 jobs in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina.
  • 2003—> Kannapolis-based Pillowtex closes five North Carolina plants and eliminates over 4,000 jobs. The Raleigh News and Observer calls it “the single biggest job loss ever in North Carolina (Martinez, 2003).”
  • 2004—> U.S. Congress will be debating and voting on CAFTA, a trade agreement similar to NAFTA that includes Central American countries like El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras and Costa Rica.—> New York financier Wilbur Ross decides to create new International Textile Group by merging bankrupt Burlington Industries and Cone Mills. The new textile giant is expected to have annual revenues of $900 million (Lunan, 2004).
  • 2005—> All textile and apparel quotas will be eliminated for 148 WTO nations under ATC.

http://www.duke.edu/web/mms190/textiles/

Since 1993, at least 13,000 jobs in North Carolina has been lost in the textile and furniture production industries due to NAFTA. Indiana has lost over 16,000 jobs to NAFTA in the motor vehicle equipment and electric equipment industries.

http://www.epi.org/content.cfm/briefingpapers_nafta01_impactstates

I dare a news media rep to go to the towns that lost these jobs and ask the ones who have lost their lively hood, if they are bitter because of free trade agreements that Billary Clinton and Dupya have signed into effect during their tenures in the White House.

I’m sure they’ll get an ear full bitterness.

Imagine what it’s going to be like when the soldiers are brought back to the US. The economy is in shambles due to Dupya’s teams financial and political ineptness. Unemployment is already high. Imagine what’s going to happen when these soldiers get back and they can’t find a job.

What if they feel they can’t get a job because of the illegal immigrant effect on the local job market.

A veteran solider is not going to work for or provide “cheap labor”.

NAFTA NEEDS TO BE RENEGOTIATED.

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OK, the gloves come off. I’ve been a registered independent going on 10 years now. The reason is that sometime ago during the Clinton administration, I think during the welfare reform time frame, I saw that Clinton was being hailed as a “brotha” President by the press AND people in the black community.

Though the climate at the time was better for Blacks in America, the laws that had just been passed (Welfare Reform and NAFTA) were clearly not in favor of improving the life styles of African-Americans, but were in favor of complicating them even more. These were Clinton’s programs that he would later go on to use as examples of his success as President, so to speak.

Those who know me, know I have been one who has always thought that welfare was a tool of the institution of racism to keep blacks in a lackluster state of being. Kinda like keeping black women in a drugged state of mind, so to speak. I have always felt that the racist wing of the Democrat party always championed this. So you would have thought that I would have supported welfare reform, at the very least.

The way I saw it, after reading up on the legislation through various newspaper/magazine articles (Time, Newsweek, Business Week, etc) while working at the VA hospital during evening and overnight shifts, welfare reform seemed like it was a bill to get women off their butts and back in the work place…………into j0bs that would pay them less than what they were getting on welfare. The job training programs that were bandied about by the proponents of the reform, were clearly smoke screen fodder served to prevent making it seem as though the reform was not just tossing these women out on the streets.

I remember having a debate with the head of our union who was a fellow federal police officer, who didn’t want to consider the effects of pushing a woman off of welfare and into a job that pays them less than what they were getting on welfare and essentially disqualified them from receiving child care help because they were now back in the job market. My argument focused solely on the fact the minimum wage was too low and these women should have been able to at least survive with their children when they are booted out of the projects.

You see, when you get the job at Hardee’s as the early morning biscuit maker, you lose your spot in public housing. You have a job so now you have to get your own place. The thing is, the waiting list for Section 8 is 1 year to 3 years long, depending where you lived, so the woman was in a state of flux.

Well that’s still the case today in 2008. I’ve got a friend who’s daughter has, for whatever reason, lived in LA for the past 6 or so years. She’s had a bad turn of events recently in the job market (like a lot of people) and now she has the need for rent assistance. In March 2008, the waiting list for section 8 vouchers is 3 YEARS in LA. This father called me in a desperate state, asking if I knew of anyone in LA who could help get his daughter a voucher sooner. I did not.

Today, here in NC, the textile industry is feeling the fatal blows of free trade agreements signed into effect during the Bush Administration. These free trade agreements have over the recent years sent NC textile mill jobs to China and Indonesia. But what started the job losses in the NC textile industries was NAFTA. Thousands of NC textile mill jobs were lost to Mexico when the NC textile companies closed mills they had operated in NC for 100 years. They opened similar operations in Mexico to take advantage of low wage labor.

What people don’t know is that those same companies have now since found that infrastructure related concerns had caused manufacturing material in Mexico to become more and more expensive than they wanted it to be. So what have these companies done? They surely haven’t decided to relocate the mills back in NC or the US. They have taken advantage of the free trade agreements signed into law by Bush, closed some of the mills in Mexico, and sent the work to manufacturers in China. That’s one of the reasons why you now have such a large influx of Mexican migrants coming to the US during the Bush administration (and also because Bush essentially opened the border for them to enter freely).

(see http://www.mikeeasley.org/pages/pgs_impact/unfair_trade/imp_utjoblosses.htm and http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0KXG/is_2005_June_22/ai_n15862582/pg_2)

The bottom line is, I saw that Clinton would sell out a black person in a minute (see welfare reform) and the average Joe as well. A lot of whites lost jobs in NC to textile mill closure, but so has a lot of blacks. And their jobs were the first to be cut.

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