Wednesday, February 04, 2009

EU attack America’s Stimulus Bill

--by Jim Borgman
I come to Berlin as so many of my countrymen have come before. Tonight, I speak to you not as a candidate for President, but as a citizen - a proud citizen of the United States, and a fellow citizen of the world. –Barack Hussein Obama, speech at Berlin's victory column on July 24, 2008 (see speech)
Wait a minute didn’t you think the Stimulus bill was about America? I was foolish enough to think that too.

You know strengthening America, creating American jobs and improving the American economy, well maybe not. Apparently the European Union has something to say about what’s in the Pelosi Obama stimulus package. (see story)

First of all, somebody please tell me why the European Union is getting in America’s Kool-aid? (hand on my hip)

I hope it doesn’t have anything to do with Obama’s pre-Presidential “People of the world…” tour. Do you think Obama was signaling to the world that if he were elected they would be able to join in with our Congress to legislate American laws? Certainly looks like it. It’s like the European Union is all up in America’s business.

Personally I think that the EU should step-off and mind their own business but apparently not the president.
The EU spokesman said Europe would launch a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO) if the clause [Buy American] remained.
Under the “Buy American” clause passed by the US House of Representatives in the stimulus bill, American iron and steel must be used in construction projects that form part of the recovery plan. This is perhaps one of the few good things in this stimulus package. And the US Senate wants to extend the scope of the clause before the Bill goes to the White House for approval.

But the citizen of the world who is now the President of the United States is indicating that he has heard the people of the world of the European Union and he will remove the Buy American clause (which Congress wrote in the stimulus bill specifically to help the American economy) from the stimulus package to satisfy his fellow world citizens particularly those in the European Union.(see story)

Now I know that international relations are complicated but shouldn’t the President of the United States be concerned first with America’s interest? Like all those good middle class jobs that would be created under the buy American clause of the Stimulus bill.

And here’s another thing why is it when a nation focuses in on its own economic health and well-being the international types start throwing around pejoratives like protectionist, xenophobic, and nationalistic.

Ladies and Gentleman we’ve just witnessed the European Union dictating United States policy and the President of the United States acquiescing to their demands.

That is not the behavior of a sovereign nation. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but we are no longer a government, of the people by the people and for the people.

No we are but one of many satellite nations governed by both the G20, the world’s leading economic nations and the World Trade Organization. And here’s the worst part, our newly elected President and Congress are puppet rulers whose first allegiance is to the one world economy.

…You did vote for change didn’t you?

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