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Re: Central America Free Trade Agreement #19513
07/08/05 12:02 PM
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Wow. That sounds pretty negative for someone with such solid ties to the US and its government. I'd wager (perhaps foolishly) that the majority of your clients are probably US citizens as well.

But you're right, we're a pretty busy crowd. And, as far as philanthropy goes, we seem to be (privately) among, if not the most, generous people in the world. But I'm probably just looking through rose-colored glasses. I really don't think it would matter how much we gave away, it'd never be enough. See my previous post.


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Re: Central America Free Trade Agreement #19514
07/08/05 12:11 PM
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OH MY GOD!!! I can't imagine how the other nine tenths of the world would survive without handouts from the US? And to think, I used to pray to God for his givings, I guess it should've been to GWB.


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Re: Central America Free Trade Agreement #19515
07/08/05 12:21 PM
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OK. You can win. This is obviously pointless.


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Re: Central America Free Trade Agreement #19516
07/08/05 01:23 PM
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It's not pointless; it's a good discussion and allows you to see the other side of the issue. You a do a disservice to yourself to dismiss the possibility that all you have been told may not be the whole truth.

You have your opinion and valid arguments, as do others. Debate is a good thing, dismissal is not.

You can only expand your horizons by listening to what others have to say without taking a defensive stance. If the US government did a bit of the same there would be a lot less anti-American sentiment around the world.

Re: Central America Free Trade Agreement #19517
07/08/05 02:58 PM
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Hey Catmo

Just to be clear - nobody is being anti-US. We love you and we love your money.

Everybody just wants people from the States to realize that the rest of the world does not see them as the biggest, the best, the greatest and the richest. "Super power" is a name you get to run around and use because nobody else WANTS the moniker and you guys seem to need the moral boost.

I used to be married to a guy from the States, therefore our child is a US citizen - of course I love you guys - just chill once in a while and wallow in the mire with the rest of us poor mortals.

Re: Central America Free Trade Agreement #19518
07/08/05 03:18 PM
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Back to CAFTA, here's an interesting article on the subject written by an American, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, Rep., Texas: http://www.house.gov/paul/tst/tst2005/tst060605.htm

Re: Central America Free Trade Agreement #19519
07/08/05 05:18 PM
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The only reason Belize is not a member of CAFTA is that most of the member countries produce cheap and excellent beer which Belize would be obliged to allow imported under the terms of CAFTA.

Simplistic? Yes. True? Absolutely.

Re: Central America Free Trade Agreement #19520
07/08/05 05:25 PM
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Hey Amanda, we love our money too. But not as much as we love our American spirit! Americans are funny that way ya know, not to mention we Texans.

Re: Central America Free Trade Agreement #19521
07/08/05 09:33 PM
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Chris..I usually side with you on the GOB and tax issues...but, did Mr. Bowen really stop CAFTA? Interesting observation. Collyk, your tax money responded very well to a horrible tragedy. Keep that in mind the next time you write that check. Amanda..We Yanks labeled the Super Bowl. I think someone else labeled us and Russia "Superpowers". SimonB,The US foreign policy is so screwed up that we protect all of Canada on our dime. The Canadian Navy has 3 subs..all parked in the West Ed Mall. Katie...I love the general blanket statements about Americans. Especially about Not moving around Country to Country. Are we talking about white, middle America NASCAR fans? Just curious. Because here in Southern California there are about 185 languages spoken in the school districts. Someone's moving around. I also think in this trying time that many US citizens are scared to leave the US> Which brings me to another point. If the US is SO screwed up, why is everyone trying SO hard to get in? GWB and his policies wear me out, I have been to 25 different Countries, and I never let those dumb ass talking heads on FOX or any other news show do my thinking for me! This thread started out as a CAFTA ? and turned into politics 101. At this point in history, let's just be glad we are all safe and free to express our opinions and can count on each others Country in times of need. SO...what's new in San Pedro? cool

Re: Central America Free Trade Agreement #19522
07/08/05 09:42 PM
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