May 24, 2010
The Clinton Legacy
Like the current economic meltdown (enabled by the 1999 repeal of the Glass Steagall Act), our immigration woes are in considerable measure Bill Clinton’s fault.
From The Rag Blog:
The coffin nail was the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement. Every year since, millions of tons of cheap U.S. and Canadian corn swamp Mexico forcing small-hold campesinos and campesinas out of business. A Carnegie Endowment investigation into the impacts of NAFTA on poor Mexican farmers published on the tenth anniversary of the trade treaty calculated that 1.8 million farmers had abandoned their milpas in NAFTA's first decade — since each farm family represents five Mexicans, the real number of expulsees comes in close to 10,000,000, at least half of them women.
Posted by Jerome Doolittle at May 24, 2010 02:50 PM
One consequence is that women now swim in the migration stream in dramatically increased numbers. Sisters follow their brothers north and wives their husbands, leaving the children at home with the grandmothers. A third of the households in Tanaco and just down the valley in Cucucho have no mother or father at home…
Ugh! I could cut through my disgust with a knife! I voted for Clinton twice but no wonder by the arrival of 2000, I voted for Nader mostly to send a message to Democrats that they needed to be more than "Republican-lite."
Back in those days I still thought our "representatives" wanted to hear voters' opinions and so I wrote them frequently. I mounted my own one-man anti-NAFTA campaign where I wrote letters to political and business leaders and had as many of my family, friends, and coworkers sign them as I could get. And I got many.
I watched the sham debate leading up to the passage of NAFTA. Opponents of the treaty were portrayed in editorials & political cartoons as cretins on the level of cavemen afraid of the introduction of fire. After NAFTA passed, I threw away my filing cabinet full of letters I had written over the years and vowed never again to bother writing the politicians; a promise I kept until the run-up to the Iraq war.
Today American industries lie in ruins. My beloved Dayton, Ohio, once one of the premier manufacturing cities of the world is little more than a ghost of its former self. Like most everything in the 21st U.S., the Capitalists made money off this destruction while the citizens got sold a pig in a poke.