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Thursday, July 21, 2005

James Lee Witt Puts American Workers at Risk

Yesterday I got my newsletter "Building Safety Bulletin", which is put out by the International Code Council (ICC). I have mentioned in previous posts that the ICC is not about making buildings safer, it is about transparency of rules and laws between countries in the same vein as NAFTA, GATT, and now CAFTA. James Lee Witt, former head of FEMA under Clinton, brags openly about destroying the building standards we have in the U.S. in an attempt to help the third world have standards.

On page three of the July issue is a story that reads as thus:

Council Partners with Mexico to develop Codes
As part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed May 9 between ICC and Mexico's National Commission of Housing Development, ICC will provide technical assistance to the Mexican government in developing a residential building code.

"The Mexican government has a long-term plan to update its construction standards to include the safest techniques, materials and technologies," says ICC CEO James Lee Witt. "The I-Codes, already enforced in thousands of U.S. jurisdictions, will be the basis for housing construction in Mexico. The codes will provide Mexico's residents with safe, affordable housing."

"Signing this agreement is a concrete step in support of the housing sector within the framework of the Housing Sector Program strategies," says Mexico National Housing Commissioner Carlos J. Guitierrez Ruiz. "This is also a great opportunity for the International Code Council and the National Commission of Housing Development to establish the basis to participate the the development of instruments to promote quality and safety in residential buildings in Mexico."

Now I ask you, when Mexican plumbers, framers, electricians, and HVAC techs learn the same code that most of this country has adopted since 1994, how long will they stay in their own country making five bucks a day?


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