Ron Paul Quotes.com
Home Page Contents Congressional Record
25 September 1998
1998 Ron Paul 103:1
Mr. PAUL. Mr. Speaker, today, the House is asked to vote to approve H.R. 2621, a
1998 Ron Paul 103:2
1998 Ron Paul 103:3
The Constitution clearly allows for international agreements and clearly specifies the means by which they are to be accomplished. Treaties, quite clearly are to be negotiated by the President with advice and consent of the Senate and can only become effective upon being ratified by a
1998 Ron Paul 103:4
Congress does have, amongst its enumerated powers, regulation of commerce with foreign nations. Imposing import tariffs, quotas, and embargoes, however economically detrimental to the macro economy of the United States, are, at least, amongst powers delegated to Congress by Article I of the Constitution. Regulating commerce, of course, refers to enacting domestic laws which effect voluntary exchanges between trading partners who happen to be citizens of different governments. International agreements between the governments of those trading partners cannot be construed to escape the stringent treaty ratification process established by the documents framers just by suggesting Congress has the power to enact domestic regulation regarding foreign commerce. If this were an allowable justification for bypassing the
1998 Ron Paul 103:5
Moreover, because international courts regard treaties and agreements as equally binding on signatory governments, a stronger case is made that they must be made subject to the same constitutional process. Insofar as H.R. 2621 ignores the lake of a congressional role in the international treaty process and instead attempts to make Congress an integral part of a procedure for which it lacks any constitutional authority, this bill can be opposed on constitutional grounds alone.
1998 Ron Paul 103:6
Even if the procedure advocated by the bill were able to survive what should always be the Congressmans initial threshold of constitutionality, the bill contains provisions which will likely continue our country down the ugly path of internationally-engineered, managed trade rather than that of free trade. As explained by economist Murray N. Rothbard:
1998 Ron Paul 103:7
[G]enuine free trade doesnt require a treaty (or its deformed cousin, a trade agreement; NAFTA is called an agreement so it can avoid the constitutional requirement of approval by
1998 Ron Paul 103:8
In truth, the bipartisan establishments fanfare of free trade fosters the opposite of genuine freedom of exchange. Whereas genuine free traders examine free markets from the perspective of the consumer (each individual), the mercantilist examines trade from the perspective of the power elite; in other words, from the perspective of the big business in concert with big government. Genuine free traders consider exports a means of paying for imports, in the same way that goods in general are produced in order to be sold to consumers. But the mercantilists want to privilege the government business elite at the expense of all consumers, be they domestic or foreign.
1998 Ron Paul 103:9
Fast track is merely a procedure under which the United States can more quickly integrate and cartelize government in order to entrench the interventionist mixed economy. In Europe, this process culminated in the Maastricht Treaty, the attempt to impose a single currency and central bank and force relatively free economies to ratchet up their regulatory and welfare states. In the United States, it has instead taken the form of transferring legislative and judicial authority from states and localities and to the executive branch of the federal government. Thus, agreements negotiated under fast track authority (like NAFTA) are, in essence, the same alluring means by which the socialist Eurocrats have tried to get Europeans to surrender to the super-statism of the European community. And just as Brussels has forced
1998 Ron Paul 103:10
The harmonization language in last years FDA reform bill constitutes a perfect example. Harmonization language in this bill has the Health and Human Services Secretary negotiating multilateral and bilateral international agreements to unify regulations in this country with those of others. The bill removes from the state governments the right to exercise their police powers under the tenth amendment to the constitution and, at the same time, creates or corporatist power elite board of directors to review medical devices and drugs for approval. This board, of course, is to be made up of objective industry experts appointed by national governments. Instead of the national variety, known as the Interstate Commerce Act of 1887 (enacted for the good reason of protecting railroad consumers from exploitative railroad freight rates, only to be staffed by railroad attorneys who then used their positions to line the pockets of their respective railroads), we now have the same sham imposed upon worldwide consumers on an international scale soon to be staffed by heads of multilateral pharmaceutical corporations.
1998 Ron Paul 103:11
Lastly, critics of the bill convincingly argue that language within H.R. 2621 regarding Foreign Investment would establish new rights for foreign investors and corporations and new obligations for the United States. H.R. 2621 attempts to eliminate artificial or
1998 Ron Paul 103:12
Because H.R. 2621 enacts an unconstitutional foreign policy procedure, furthers our nation down the
1998 Ron Paul 103:1 congressional approval probably should be capitalized: Congressional approval.
1998 Ron Paul 103:2 United States Trade representative probably should be capitalized: United States Trade Representative.
1998 Ron Paul 103:3 tenth amendment probably should be capitalized: Tenth Amendment.
1998 Ron Paul 103:3 itís powers is used in the possessive sense and not as a contraction for it is. As such, it should not have an apostrophe: its powers. Cf.: its enumerated powers in
1998 Ron Paul 103:5 lake of a congressional role probably should be capitalized and read: lack of a Congressional role.
1998 Ron Paul 103:6 internationally-engineered probably should not be hyphenated: internationally engineered.
1998 Ron Paul 103:10 tenth amendment to the constitution probably should be capitalized: Tenth Amendment to the Constitution.
1998 Ron Paul 103:11 congressionally probably should be capitalized: Congressionally.
1998 Ron Paul 103:12 internationally-managed probably should not be hyphenated: internationally managed.