There are so many other dangers and disadvantages hidden in KORUS that we can't list them all in this column. KORUS limits our right to check contaminated food imports and could make "Buy American" food initiatives illegal because that's labeled a barrier to free trade.
South Korea already enjoys plenty of free trade with the United States anyway, so there's no need for KORUS. Have you been into any electronics store and seen the hundreds of products made by Samsung, Daewoo and LG?
Donald Trump says that when he was ready to buy more than 1,000 television sets for one of his hotels, he could not find American-made televisions, so his company bought LG sets from Korea. Trump pointed out that in July and November last year, the U.S. sent a battle group of U.S. Navy warships, including our nuclear-powered super-carrier, the U.S.S. George Washington, to protect South Korea against North Korea, and we ought to charge South Korea for that extraordinary expense.
The so-called jobs plan includes other unwelcome ideas, such as giving so-called Fast Track authority to Obama so he will have the power to negotiate future trade agreements. That's just what Obama needs to give momentum to his goal of "spreading our wealth" around the rest of the world.
Then there are downright silly provisions, such as urging the federal government to do more efficient training of workers and educating of children to be innovators and entrepreneurs. There isn't a shred of evidence that the government is capable of doing those things, no matter how much money the government spends or how much the government eliminates what the plan calls "bureaucratic complexities."
The game plan of the globalists is to ratify KORUS first and then pass the trade agreement with Colombia immediately after. Colombia has a 16 percent VAT, which makes the Colombia deal even more discriminatory against the United States than KORUS.
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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