According to recent polls, the Congressional approval rating is 8.9 percent. This number is at an all-time low. The Reform Party believes that this number is a testament to American’s growing frustration with the federal government.
Both sides are to blame. The Republican representatives are busy obstructing the process. Rather than debating ideas, and bringing facts to the table, the Republicans in congress move to impede the Democrats at every turn. These obstructionist tactics have made the Republican Party the party of “no”.
Recent polls show President Barack Obama’s approval at approximately 38 to 40 percent. The Reform Party of North Carolina is not surprised that the President’s approval rating is low. This low rating is the result of unpopular policies.
Obama’s primary failure was this:
When he came into office, he had political capital and a super majority in congress. He had the chance to make one major move. Instead of trying to get people working and stopping foreclosures, he opted to make a complex healthcare reform. This healthcare reform was used against him by the Republicans, and within two years he lost the House of Representatives.
Government officials have announced that they are nearing the completion of a trade deal with America’s Asian and Pacific trading partners. This trade deal would expand free trade with Australia, Malaysia, Japan, China and other countries in the region.
“This is Abraham Lincoln’s axe. Its handle has been replaced three times and the head has been replaced four times. This is Abraham Lincoln’s axe.” – Modern version of Theseus’s Paradox
Theseus’s Paradox raises the question of whether an object which has had all its components replaced remains fundamentally the same object. The paradox is most notably recorded by Plutarch in Life of Theseus from the late 1st century. Plutarch asked whether a ship which was restored by replacing each and every one of its wooden parts, remained the same ship.
- The last time the United States had a trade surplus was 1975.
- The United States has had a growing trade deficit with China since 1985, and its largest trade deficits are with Asian nations.
- According to government data, since the start of free trade agreements with NAFTA in 1992, America’s trade deficit rose from 39.2 billion dollars to 559.8 billion in 2011, or an increase of over 1428 percent. The increase in this deficit was caused by the outsourcing of jobs, and the exploitation of unregulated environments and labor overseas.
This statement was released by the Reform Party of North Carolina:
Barack Obama’s approval rating is at an all-time low. Congressional job approval is currently a dismal 8.9 percent. These numbers symbolize America’s growing frustration with their government officials, and the culture on Capitol Hill.
Over the past thirteen years the Republicans and Democrats have taken turns running and mismanaging the country. Their actions have damaged the country’s economy, fiscal future, and general wellbeing. These three items took the United States generations to build, and have been damaged to an extent that it will take decades for them to recover.
Several months ago the Reform Party released a statement against the Save Our Industries Act. This bill would have reduced duties and barriers for textiles coming from the Philippines. The Reform Party stands against it and all other efforts to expand free trade.
The main website advocating for this bill www.saveourindustriesact.com is down. We are making progress towards stopping this legislation.
Good work Reformers!
Dear Congress Members and President Barack Obama,
The Reform Party of North Carolina is writing this letter to urge you to vote against expanding free trade and reform existing trade treaties. Free trade agreements have damaged our economy and exported jobs overseas.
Since the start of free trade agreements with NAFTA in 1992, America’s trade deficit rose from 39.2 billion dollars to 559.8 billion in 2011, or an increase of over 1428 percent. The increase in this deficit was caused by the outsourcing of jobs, and the exploitation of unregulated environments and labor overseas.
For sometime our website has been missing an image on the home page. The Communications Committee got it fixed last night.
It is good that there are at least some people with the self-control, talent and amazing patience to skilfully practice the black art of diplomacy. It is better to at least keep talking than to back away from the table and not talk. That is true even if it is obvious that talks are not going to accomplish anything in the short or medium term. Maybe in the long run something good, e.g., an unnecessary war avoided, will come of it. However, there are times when the people that diplomats have to deal with are so profoundly corrupt, odious and offensive that one would think that human patience would simply run out.