not going to be eating babies. Sheesh. What I had in mind was to switch the way our governments have saddled the country with globalized free trade deals. The way we've handled this so far is that the people we elect go out and sign deals in our name and tell us that we're way, way ahead thanks to their penmanship.
If you like that idea, here's what I would suggest you do. Get out a book of cheques, sign them in blank and mail them to me. Trust me, you'll be way, way ahead and some day you'll thank me. What, no?
Okay, here's a modest proposal. Let's stop signing blank cheques - accepting the authority of our government to enact trade deals without either consultation or the informed consent of the electorate, emphasis on "informed." If it's really such a goddamned great deal - show us, explain it to us, convince us. And, if you don't think you owe us that much, then come out and tell us by what right you can tie our hands, put us in the yoke of this deal or that for twenty to thirty years at a stretch.
Thirty years? You get 25 for first degree murder! How in hell do you have the faintest clue of what our country is going to be like in 10-years or 20, much less 30? You don't, not a clue. No idea. It's sort of like giving a young, athletic guy a suit and telling him he'll have to wear it until he's 50. Trust me, there's almost no chance he'll squeeze into it that long even if it didn't make him look like a dork.
So, if you want to convince us you're not completely idiotic, let's put a cap on these deals. Say a 5-year term to be followed by renegotiation. At the very least that will allow us to hold you and your party accountable in the next election or two if you screw up - or screw us. No consultation, 5-years max. Anything more than that, you need our informed consent. As for 30-years, well there should be a blanket prohibition on that madness. And the side that's demanding a 30-year term, you had better figure out exactly what they've got in mind - and in store - for everyone else.