Originally Posted by DuffMan
Trash = George Bush?
How typical of this election.
Canadian trash = NAFTA, which classifies trash as an "economic commodity" and therefore requires "free trade in it among the partners. Just like all of the auto jobs going to Mexico and in some cases Ontario, where they escape healthcare costs.
Who signed NAFTA? Ummmmm... Bill Clinton. BS
Who was NAFTA's head cheerleader? Algore.
Despite the partisanship, it's damn time someone did something (even as weak as a fou-year phaseout) about it. To get a real taste for how much trash really comes over, go down Will Carleton Road some weekday AM about 0630. Trucks idling as far a you can see, and oh, what an aroma...
Clinton did sign portions of agreements and provisions and amendments of NAFTA. But here is the REAL timeline, and the REAL people behind NAFTA. Blame Clinton if you want, but get the facts straight and only blame him for what he really screwed up.
The rest of the timeline can be found here: http://www.fina-nafi.org/eng/integ/c...eng&menu=integ
November 13, 1979
While officially declaring his candidacy for President, Ronald Reagan proposes a “North American Agreement” which will produce “a North American continent in which the goods and people of the three countries will cross boundaries more freely.”
President Ronald Reagan proposes a North American common market. January 1981
December 10, 1985
President Reagan officially informs Congress about his intention to negotiate a free trade agreement with Canada under the authority of trade promotion. Referred to as fast track, trade promotion authority is an accelerated legislative procedure which obliges the House of Representatives and the Senate to decide within 90 days whether or not to establish a trade trade unit. No amendments are permitted.
January 2, 1988
Prime Minister Mulroney and President Reagan sign the FTA.
November 6, 1987
Signing of a framework agreement between the US and Mexico.
June 10, 1990
Presidents Bush and Salinas announce that they will begin discussions aimed at liberalizing trade between their countries.
August 21, 1990
President Salinas officially proposes to the US president the negotiation of a free trade agreement between Mexico and the US.
December 17, 1992
Official signing of NAFTA by Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, US president George Bush, and Mexican president Carlos Salinas de Gortari, subject to its final approval by the federal Parliaments of the three countries.