North American Union
By C. Patience Summers
Amongst many other issues with the Department of Human and Social Services in North Dakota, special mention must be made of their Child Protection Services record keeping program (Like the Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System). It’s aptly named “FRAME” and does not seem to even come from any sort of an acronym.
The complimentary kicker in this situation is that their mental health record keeping system is called “ROPE,” although ROPE is an acronym.
North Dakota still records everything about everyone and their spokesperson for the department of Human Services tries to “dance around” the way public monies are spent at the officials’ discretion in the following video:
Oddly enough, they still retain the same amount of information about everybody as they used to under the “Legacy” system, but it’s separated and more categorized now in a sort of umbrella system called “Oracle”. To follow, is their PDF defining the different names of systems they have for keeping records/files on civillians:
(RAW STORY) Prolific Mexican politician and intellectual Jorge Castañeda believes that a greater North American community — a “North American Union” — with economies tied together under a European Union-style system, compete with open borders and a unified currency, is the wave of the future.
In a new interview with Web site BigThink.com, Castañeda, Mexico’s foreign minister from 2000-2003 and a global distinguished professor of politics at New York University, said that with nearly 11 percent of Mexicans living in the United States, he has stopped seeing his nation as a Latin American country.
“Well, my sense is that we’re moving closer and closer to forms of economic integration with the United States and Canada and conceivably Central America and Caribbean could become part of that in the coming years,” he said. “I don’t see Mexico as a Latin American country. Too much of trade, investment, tourism, immigration, remittances, absolutely everything is concentrated exclusively with the United States. So, Mexico has to be part of a North American community, a North American union, which at some point probably should include some type of monetary union along European lines with a free flow of labor, with energy being on the table, etc.”
Often demonized as some type of “conspiracy theory” in mainstream American press, the so-called North American Union proposals have actually existed for some time. In May of 2005, the Council on Foreign Relations released a document entitled “Building a North American Community” in which it calls for an EU-like integration of Canada, the United States and Mexico.
While the document does not specifically call for the ceding of sovereignty between the three nations — as some vocal opponents of the idea have suggested — it does recommend the formation of a North American Advisory Council and an multinational inter-parliamentary group to facilitate mutual cooperation. Though the group originally set out to achieve this goal by 2010, few in mainstream America are even aware of it today.
The CFR’s full proposal is available online. [PDF link]
“Economic and social citizenship in North America implies the ability of citizens to exert pressure for the implementation of an inclusive economic policy at home and to be engaged in the international economy,” wrote CFR member Carlos Heredia. “To the extent that citizens of the three partner countries see that North American integration brings concrete benefits, a new constituency will be galvanized to support these efforts in the years to come.”
“How far away are we from that?” Castañeda asked, rhetorically. “Quite far, but so did it seem back in Europe in the 1950’s and very little time later they came around and understood that that was their future lay. My sense is that the Mexican society is voting with its feet. We have a higher share of Mexicans living in the United States than we have ever had in our history. One out of every nine Mexicans, Mexican citizens, people born in Mexico, live in the United States today.”
In recent weeks, Castañeda also appeared on CNN’s Amanpour for a debate about the drug war. He explained that in his view, marijuana should be legalized in order to take away the drug cartels’ primary revenue source. However, “we can’t do it in Mexico if the U.S. doesn’t do it at the same time,” he said.
Speaking to BigThink, he carried a similar message.
“Having recklessly plunged the country into [the drug war] now, I think what Calderón and the United States should do is to sort of sit back for a second, think this through, see what they really want to achieve, what is achievable and what should be done that’s new,” he said. “For example, there are more and more states in the US that are moving towards decriminalization at least of marijuana. Mexico is still a very important producer of marijuana. Some people say that up to 60 percent of the profits of Mexico’s cartels come from marijuana. Well, if the United States or California’s de facto legalizing it through medical marijuana, what sense does it make for Mexicans to die to stop marijuana from entering the US when once it enters it can be sold legally at over 1,000 dispensaries in Los Angeles, more than the number of public schools there are in Los Angeles. That’s certainly one thing that we can do.”
This interview was published to the Web by BigThink.com on Feb. 16, 2010. The complete interview is available here.
(Dow Jones) The Obama administration has taken the first step toward renewing a pilot program that allows to operate within the U.S., as stipulated in the North American Free Trade Agreement, but still must work with on fashioning a new program, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said Tuesday.
“ has made it plain that we would like to see this issue over the ability of Mexican trucks to move freely throughout the U.S. resolved as soon and as thoughtfully as possible,” Kirk said at a news conference with Mexican Economy Minister Gerardo Ruiz.
In the 2009 appropriations bill, the U.S. Congress blocked funding for the pilot program, but the Obama administration persuaded legislators to consider a reworked program.
“With the offending language now being removed from the most recent appropriations bill, we have at least the green light to go forward and start those consultations with Congress” and other interested parties, Kirk said.
Mexico would be consulted throughout the process, he added.
Ruiz didn’t comment on the trucking ban, which prompted Mexico to apply retaliatory tariffs against some U.S. goods. He said that with about $400 billion a year in bilateral trade between Mexico and the U.S., there are bound to be some problems.
A pilot program had allowed a small number of Mexican truckers to carry goods directly to U.S. delivery points, rather than dropping their trailers at the U.S.-Mexico border where U.S. truckers pick them up.
Trucking groups in the U.S. have said the Mexican trucks aren’t safe. Mexico says the vehicles are regularly inspected at the border, and that the violation of the Nafta trade agreement amounts to U.S. protectionism.
-By Laurence Iliff, Dow Jones Newswires; (52-55) 5980-5184, laurence.iliff@ dowjones.com
Commentary by Mike Sweigart
Obama gifts trillions to greedy bankers and now tells the nation to generate jobs
On December 3 President Obama flaunted unemployment report numbers as if we should be excited or relieved that this whole crisis engineered by the crooks on Wall Street is beginning to let up.
Statements like “We still have a long way to go” or “Overall, this is the best jobs report we’ve seen since 2007,” The President speaks with such ease as he comforts the Americans he helped gut and skin a little over one year ago. Americans alike tend to find it very insulting and almost belligerent to act as though this administration or any other in recent history is on the side of the average American.
After giving a reported 23 trillion tax payer dollars to the Wall Street mob, they still hold an expression of team spirit with the people of this Nation.
Everyone knows at least a few people who have lost a job in the last couple years and most will admit they are scared of losing their own job as well. President Obama boasts in a speech at a community college in Allentown, Pa. that even though we still lost 11,000 jobs, we lost less than expected. Most Americans are still wondering when their bailout checks will arrive.
In hearings held the same day, Lawmakers spoke of 17% unemployment while most mainstream news sources tout a fall in the rate from 10.2% to 10%.
The New York Times in an article published December 4th states:
“In the strongest employment report since the recession began nearly two years ago, the government said Friday that the nation’s employers had all but stopped shedding jobs in November, taking some of the pressure off of President Obama to come up with a wide-ranging jobs creation program.”
Does anyone remember NAFTA? You know the North American Free Trade Agreement that was signed in 1993 and streamlined by the lying fraud Al Gore? Well guess what! The jobs that left the country because of NAFTA ring in at about 2 million. Obama’s 2008 campaign pledges promised, quote “One of the first things I’ll do as President will be to call the Prime Minister of Canada and the President of Mexico and work with them to fix NAFTA.” Contrary to these promises the NAFTA Commission in October of 2009 renewed the American, Mexican and Canadian governments’ commitment to the expansion of the WTO.
Repeal NAFTA and bring those 2 million jobs back here for our people.
(WND) President Obama is continuing President George W. Bush’s effort to advance North American integration with a public-relations makeover calculated to place the program under the radar of public opinion and to deflect concerns about border and national sovereignty.
The Obama administration has “rebranded” and “refocused” the Security and Prosperity of North America, or SPP, to advance the Bush administration’s agenda of North American integration under the rubric of the “North American Leaders Summit,” a less controversial banner, according to confidential sources in the U.S. Department of and State Department who agreed to speak with WND only if their comments were kept off the record.
As WND reported in August, the White offered few details to the press in advance of the most recent North American Leaders Summit held in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Sources confirmed to WND that the SPP is now being directed from within the White House, as reflected by a new blog posted on the White House website entitled “The North American Leaders Summit.” The site is intended to replace SPP.gov as the official website documenting trilateral government activities going forward under the rebranded name.
The SPP website maintained by the Department of Commerce now has a disclaimer that reads: “This website is an archive for SPP documents and will not be updated.”
Sources also confirmed the SPP mission was “refocused” at the Guadalajara summit Aug. 10 to emphasize three themes: (1) North American citizen security; (2) North American economic competitiveness; and (3) North American energy policy and climate change agenda.
The refocusing resulted from a think-tank analysis that argued the trilateral bureaucratic working groups created under SPP did not pursue enough “big picture” agenda items to make a positive impact on the national voters in the United States, Mexico and Canada.
Sources in the State Department confirmed that the more than 20 trilateral working groups will continue under the North American Leader’s Summit, with bureaucrats from the three nations assigned from different agencies within each government. The groups will work on a North American agenda “integrating and harmonizing” administrative rules across a broad range of policy areas ranging from transportation to border security, , e-commerce, movement of goods, , energy and financial services.
WND was unable to obtain a copy of the intra-governmental organizational chart of the North American Leaders Summit to determine if the working group organizational chart was identical to the one WND obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request and published in the 2007 book “The Late Great USA: The Coming Merger with Mexico and Canada.”.
Sources in the State Department also confirmed that the North American Competitiveness Council will continue to operate under the North American Leaders Summit.
WND has previously reported that a multinational business agenda drove much of the trilateral working group activity under the SPP, with the North American Competitiveness Council serving as a closed-door adviser made up of 30 business leaders hand-picked without congressional approval or confirmation from the U.S., Mexico and Canada by the chambers of commerce in each nation.
WND also reported that the rebranding of the SPP into the more innocuous-sounding North American Leaders Summit began at the fourth annual summit of the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America hosted by President Bush in New Orleans in April 2008, when the official logo of the conference dropped the SPP designation.
WND has previously reported that Robert A. Pastor, the American University professor who for more than a decade has been a major proponent of building a North American Community, has declared the SPP “is dead,” largely due to the efforts to expose the SPP’s North American integration agenda.
WND has also reported that President Obama has actively backtracked on his campaign promises to renegotiate NAFTA to get provisions more favorable to American workers.
During the presidential campaign, Obama was forced to fire from his campaign an important economic adviser, Austan Goolsbee, after reporters learned Goolsbee – a University of Chicago economics professor – had traveled to Canada to reassure Canadians that campaign promises to renegotiate NAFTA were just empty rhetoric.
In the Ohio and Pennsylvania Democratic Party primaries, candidate Obama had pledged to renegotiate NAFTA as part of his appeal to workers in the states that have lost under the free trade agreements negotiated by Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush.
Now, Goolsbee is back in the White House, having taken a leave of absence from the University of Chicago after President Obama appointed him to serve as chief economist and staff director of the newly created Presidential Economic Recovery Advisory Board, chaired by former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volker.
Obama also appointed Goolsbee to the Council of Economic Advisors, or CEA, which is charged with assisting in the development of White House economic policy.
Again the 3 Banditos meet!
U.S. President Barack Obama, Mexican President Felipe Calderon and Prime Minister Stephen Harper began the two-day summit in GUADALAJARA, Mexico on Sunday with a dinner. It was a “wait and see” period as we all watched how or if, Obama would pick up the North American Union torch. On the surface it was unclear as Obama and Clinton both made threats to pull the United States out of NAFTA if Canada and Mexico wouldn’t renegotiate. This was clearly not the venue for Obama to make his concerns heard as it seems they were not even mentioned. Doing a 180, Obama said Monday that he and the leaders of Mexico and Canada have agreed to “aggressive, coordinated action” to restore growth across North America. Obama then went on to echo the same old excuse from previous SPP members and former president Bush, noting the huge trading partnership among the three neighbors, Obama said that commerce must be expanded, not restricted.
It’s quite obvious to Americans and Canadians that commerce must be expanded and not resitricted and I would argue that it has over the past several years! You would be hard pressed here in Canada to actually find a Canadian company to shop at, most business in the major centers are now American companies! So commerce has expaned and is expanding and is clearly not the agenda behind these North American Leaders Summits.
It would seem after reading the available articles covering this summit, the focus this round was the infamous “Swine Flu”.In a written statement, they pledged a united effort on economic recovery, trade, swine flu and climate change. This satement went on to offer a “joint, responsible and transparent” response to the spreading swine flu threat. The North American leaders also tried to coordinate plans to minimize the severity of the H1N1 flu virus as school begins, said John Brennan, an Obama adviser on homeland security. Brennan also mentions that this meeting was important in further linking health officials and readying vaccine and antiviral supplies “There are people who are going to be getting sick in the fall and die,” he said. “We want to make sure that we do everything possible to ensure the continuation of commerce, transportation and trade between the three countries.”
All three countries expressed their concerns on immigration issues during the summit. Harper apologies for the new visa requirements that Ottawa announced last month, that travellers from Mexico and the Czech Republic will need visas to enter Canada because of skyrocketing numbers of refugee claimants from the two countries. Calderón urged Harper to reverse the visa rule for Mexican visitors, saying it prevented thousands from traveling to Canada in July, Calderón’s office stated. Harper mentioned the visa requirement is necessary because of Canada’s refugee system, which can’t handle the thousands of refugee claims from Mexicans yet. The visa requirement will remain in place until Canada’s refugee system is reformed, Harper said after meeting with Calderon ahead of the summit talks.
Obama emphasized a need for orderly and legal immigration, a sensitive issue on all borders. “But ultimately I think the American people want fairness,” he said. “And we can create a system in which you have strong border security, we have an orderly process for people to come in, but we’re also giving an opportunity for those who are already in the United States to be able to achieve a pathway to citizenship so that they don’t have to live in the shadows and their children and their grandchildren can have a full participation in — in the United States.”
In order for the North American Union agenda to move forward, it is important to invest in Mexican infrastructure and security and these three stooges know this. Harper said Sunday that Canada will increase its aid to Mexico’s anti-drug fight by bringing 300 Mexican police officers and 32 commanders to the Canadian Police College for training. Harper has also pledged the 15 million tax payer dollars for a security program for the Americas. The U.S. has pledged $1.4 billion to help Mexico battle its drug cartels, but Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., threatened last week to withhold part of that money because of possible human rights abuses by Mexico’s military. How can we have a “Union” unless everyone’s onboard right?
Problem, Reaction, Solution, Calderón urged Obama to resurrect a program to allow some Mexican trucks onto U.S. highways as part of the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement, Calderón’s office said. Mexico has retaliated by imposing tariffs on $2.4 billion of U.S. goods. Now that Canada and the United States have an integrated border system it would only now make sense to kick the NAFTA superhighway idea into full gear and offer this as a solution to the problem. Watch for more talk of the NAFTA superhighway or Trade corridor expansion in months to come!