Thursday, May 28, 2009

NAFTA SHMAFTA

The North American Free Trade Agreement is a heavy-duty piece of multi-national trade legislation enacted during the Clinton administration. The title indicates, I guess, something called free trade happening in someplace called North America. North America is, as far as I understand it, a continent. The countries which enjoyed some heavily-regulated and thoroughly bureaucraticized free trade after the agreement’s ratification include Canada, the United States of America, and Mexico. I would therefore conclude that continent that is North America contains three countries: Mexico, Canada, and U.S.A.

Am I crazy for thinking this? The high-level multi-national legislative wizards who crafted NAFTA would not possibly have misnamed such a crucial trade agreement. Central American and Caribbean nations must be part of South America. Otherwise our agreement would have been called the North American (Except: Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Cuba, Dominica, Granada, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, and, maybe, Greenland) Free Trade Agreement.

2 comments:

La Gringa said...

Strange post. I'm not sure what you are getting at here. NAFTA is the North American agreement and it does include Mexico which is in North America.

Honduras is in Central America, not North America, and there is another treaty called CAFTA-DR, Central American (and Dominican Republic) Free Trade Agreement.

Hmmm. Maybe you should do a little more studying on this issue. Heheheh. ;-)

Laurie said...

CAFTA. I thought you had heard of it too. Strange but nice post.