Dear Mr. President and members of Congress,
This news story:
on Patriot Newswire should catch your attention with its opening paragraph:
“69 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have sent Barack Obama a letter expressing their concern that a new international treaty currently being negotiated would essentially ban all “Buy American” laws. This new treaty is known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and it is going to be one of the biggest “free trade” agreements in history. Critics are referring to it as the “NAFTA of the Pacific”, and it would likely cost the U.S. economy even more jobs than NAFTA did.”
I don’t know if you read that paragraph or not, Mr. President, but I assume you are well aware of what it means and that it involves you and Congress and “would likely cost the U.S. economy even more jobs if the treaty is approved.
Sometime ago, I wrote an article for “To Dare the Future” web site, in which I addressed you, Barack as our newly elected President and suggested a dramatic solution that could support and protect and grow our American industry. It explained that low wage employment costs enables companies that are based in foreign countries to produce goods and services at a significantly lower cost than is possible for US based companies.
US laws regulate the safety of workers, the safety of work places in which they work, the minimum wages of workers, and the limits on hours of work per day or week that can be required of workers. All of these laws properly influence the production and distribution of goods and services in the US, and they add to the production costs for companies that are based in the US.
Companies that operate in many foreign countries are not required to meet the costs of any of the industry regulations, that US based companies are required to pay, because the countries in which they operate have few or even no laws that regulate the protection of workers in those countries. Such companies have the advantage of a lower production cost, which they use to undercut the prices of goods and services that US based companies must charge to sell their goods and services, especially on the US consumer market.
To survive, many US companies have left their American origin and moved their operations to foreign countries in which they produce goods and services by lower wages with little or no regulations and then ship those products back into the US consumer market to be sold at a lower cost and eventually steal the entire US consumer market away from US based companies.
This condition is driving the US economy into an eventual economic and social collapse, leaving US workers with a condition and future of poverty and oppressive social discord.
Is there a solution?
In my earlier letter to you, Mr. President, I suggested how our US Government can participate in solving this dilemma. I had contacted the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, and asked the statistician to tell me the annual total cost of wages that were paid to all workers who were employed in the US by US based employers for the year of 2009. He said their records show that it was about 1.5 trillion dollars.
That cost seemed to be similar to the cost of our US military budget which paid the costs of funding hundreds of US foreign bases, our costs to wage several active wars, and the costs of our many foreign aids that we use to subsidize or keep rulers in foreign countries willing to comply with the many agreements they made with the US foreign policy. We the people of the United States have committed ourselves to pay the outstanding national debt, caused by conducting US foreign policy ventures and the recent bailout of banks.
Could we save our country’s economic and social life if Congress passed a law to give the US Government the authority to pay the annual wages of all employees of US based privately owned employers who perform their production of products or services in the US?
It may be tough, but we would survive and ultimately prosper.
The Government could recover some of the cost of the plan by adding a tax on the wages of all employees and a tax on the profits of all US based employers.
Foreign-based companies would continue to produce goods and services with the cost advantage of low wages, but they could not escape the export cost of shipping their products to the US consumer market.
The low wage cost of foreign made products couldn’t equal the “no wage cost” advantage that US based producers would have in pricing US products for the US consumer market.
The prices of low wage cost foreign made products are bound with import costs and couldn’t undercut the price of similar US products that are made with “no wage costs”.
Companies that are based in foreign countries would have export shipping costs to the US consumer market but US based companies that supply the US consumer market would not have those export shipping costs.
US based industry would be saved and prosper and ‘own’ the US consumer market.
Eventually one or more countries of the Pacific region would eventually adopt a similar arrangement and pay the wages of employees of companies that are based in their country and produce products for their own consumer market. That would be fine for them.
The realization that a protected domestic market is vital for the survival of a nation would eventually lead country after country to design the pattern of production and distribution of goods and services in a manner that would serve the particular survival needs of each nation to safely pursue the potential personal Happiness of its People by producing for their own consumer market instead of purchasing imports.
Would that negatively affect Americans? They have a responsibility to develop their national resources to serve their unalienable rights, as do all other People.
If we the People in the United States were to find that most other countries adopted a similar arrangement, Americans should remember the advice that is given to us in the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence that “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they ( also ) are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
Just powers of Government are reasonable powers that secure the unalienable Rights of the People by organizing the production and distribution of goods and services on principles that satisfy the appropriate potential of each person to safely pursue happiness.
According to the Declaration of Independence, the American People have given Congress reasonable power to secure the unalienable Right of People to pursue Happiness, by passing a law that authorizes the US Government to secure the People’s pursuit of Safety and Happiness, by paying the annual wages of all employees of US based, privately owned employers, who produce products or services in the US.
The second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence says
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any Form of Government … the US consumer market … becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, … paying the wages of all employees of US based, privately owned employers who produce products or services in the US …. as to them … the American People … shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
Congress has the authority – by the consent of the People – to pass such a bill and the President has the authority – by the consent of the People – to sign the bill into law.
A nation depends on the honest work of its People to benefit its People.
People depend on goods and services.
Congress depends on the consent of the People.
The President depends on the consent of the People.
People depend on the powers they give to Government and the President.
People depend on Government to secure their unalienable Rights.
The unalienable Rights include Safety in their pursuit of Happiness.
The happiness of People requires jobs and the service of Government.
Government can secure its citizens’ Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness.
It’s now up to you members of Congress to pass a bill that authorizes the US Government to pay the wages of all employees of US based privately owned employers who perform their production of products or services in the US,
And its now up to you President Obama to secure the economic and social survival of this nation by signing the bill into law.
The Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution authorize you to do this.
– Wilfred Mische firstname.lastname@example.org