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Alert/U.S. Sovereignty or World Trade Organization?

 
June 17, 2000


Dear friend of liberty,

On Tuesday, June 20, an opportunity that comes only once every five
years will occur.  The U.S. House will answer the question:  Should the
United States of America remain a sovereign nation or be subjugated to
the whim of unelected foreign bureaucrats?  The question will come in
the form of  H.J. Res. 90 which directs the U.S. to withdraw from the
World Trade Organization (W.T.O.)

H.J. Res. 90 directs the United States to maintain its sovereignty by
withdrawing its membership and funding from the W.T.O.  It was
introduced on March 6, 2000 and is cosponsored by 10 courageous
members of the U.S. House - Democrat and Republican alike. On
Tuesday, June 20, two hours of debate will take place followed by the
vote.

During the debate, opponents of H.J. Res. 90 will tell you that the
W.T.O. does not diminish U.S. sovereignty.  However, the Congressional
Research Service wrote, "As a member of the WTO, the United States
does commit to act in accordance with the rules of the multilateral
body.  It [the U.S.] is legally obligated to ensure national laws do not
conflict with WTO rules." (8/25/99)

During the debate, opponents of H.J. Res. 90 will tell you that the
W.T.O. does not usurp Congress' constitutional authority to set tax
policy.  However, the Wall Street Journal wrote, "A recent decision by
the 'WTO Appellate Body' ruled that $2.2 billion in United States tax
breaks violate WTO rules and must be eliminated by October 1, 2000."

During the debate, opponents of H.J. Res. 90 will tell you that the
W.T.O. does not violate principles of taxation without representation.
However, Article I, Section of the Constitution gives the U.S.
Congress - not unelected officials overseas - the sole authority to lay
and collect taxes.

Furthermore, the Associated Press wrote, "...the agency [WTO]
deliberates in secret...." (6/08/00)  The design and operation of the
W.T.O's dispute resolution system is established in the Uruguay Round
Dispute Resolution Understanding (D.S.U.).  The D.S.U. provides only
one specific operating rule - that all of the panel's activities and
documents are confidential.  Under this W.T.O. rule, dispute panels
operate in secret.  According to the Financial Times, "...the WTO is the
place where governments collude in private against their domestic
pressure groups." (April 30, 1998)  Those of us who are fighting for
liberty and national sovereignty are such a "pressure group."

During the debate, opponents of H.J. Res. 90 will tell you that
the W.T.O. advances "free trade."  However, Lew Rockwell wrote in
The Free Market, "As early as 1994, it was clear that the WTO charter...
was a Trojan horse for economic planning...no surprise that some
multinational corporations favored the treaty because it would impose
huge costs on potential competitors.  The architects of the WTO had
openly stated that the treaty wasn't about free trade."

During the debate, opponents of H.J. Res. 90 will tell you that
withdrawing from the W.T.O. is "unthinkable."  However, we believe that
it is unthinkable not to withdraw from the World Trade Organization.
"It [the W.T.O.] is an egregious attack upon our national sovereignty,
and this is the reason why we must vigorously oppose it.  No nation can
maintain its sovereignty if it surrenders its authority to an
international collective. Since sovereignty is linked so closely to
freedom, our very notion of American liberty is at stake in this issue,"
wrote Congressman Ron Paul.

The vote on H.J. Res. 90 was scheduled with little notice.  Please take
the little time that was given to us and think about this very important
issue.  We have posted additional information for you to consider on our
special Web site.

If you agree we should maintain our national sovereignty, then the U.S.
should withdraw from the W.T.O., and you must urge your U.S.
representative to vote "yes" on H.J. Res. 90.

We believe that the W.T.O. is the trade ministry for future global
government. We believe that the U.S. should always be a part of the
global economy, but never a part of a global government.


Kent Snyder
Liberty Study Committee


 

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