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Baucus Bows to Bush/K Street “Free” Trade Agenda On First Day of New Congress?

by: davidsirota

Thu Jan 04, 2007 at 16:49:28 PM MST

On the first day of the new Congress after Democrats took the majority thanks to many of its winning candidates running explicitly against “free” trade, Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) has an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal calling for the reauthorization of legislation to allow President Bush to negotiate trade deals with no labor, human rights or environmental standards. Baucus says he supports this “fast track” authority being “improved as it is renewed, with better trade enforcement capability and better environmental and labor provisions.” But he doesn’t explain how giving Bush the authority to negotiate trade deals with no input from Congress would somehow obligate Bush to include labor/human rights/environmental provisions in those trade deals. If someone knows of an “improved” fast track proposal that somehow obligates Bush to adhere to a fair trade agenda while cutting out Congress from holding his feet to the fire, please explain in the comments section. Otherwise, we should assume this is a smokescreen much like the highly-touted NAFTA side agreements that were shown to be a sham before the ink on that deal dried.
davidsirota :: Baucus Bows to Bush/K Street “Free” Trade Agenda On First Day of New Congress?
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This is unfortunate (0.00 / 0)
and Max will be hearing my thoughts on his op-ed.

This one is a gem:

At a time when our country's competitive strength depends increasingly on an aggressive trade policy, Americans are far less willing to embrace one. Many equate trade and globalization with ballooning deficits, stagnating wages and layoffs. Trade policies need to be fair Max - and to be fair, we've got to be playing on an even playing field.  The unfair advantage that places like China get from stomping on basic human rights with forced 100 hour work weeks, pennies in wages, little quality of life assurances and unregulated pollution of Mother Earth make free trade something that does turn into ballooning deficits and stagnating wages for U.S. citizens

And giving Chimpman authoritarian reign over the decision making of that process - a man who has shown that he is more than happy to make decisions irrespective of both public opinion and the best collective non-partisan advice that is available to him - is dangerous and irresponsible.

We know where Chimpman's brains are, but I ask - Where are yours?

{{yikes}} (0.00 / 0)
when I previewed I thought I saw the blockquote stop after that first paragraph there.

The rest is, obviously, me.

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If Baucus were to resign (0.00 / 0)
Schweitzer could appoint!!!

Timing and substance of the Op Ed was sad (4.00 / 1)
The tipping point was "Dubai"Ports Deal.  People called for change.  Those who ran on strong "fair" trade platforms won, in most cases, by quite a lot.  To doggedly hold onto policies that only benefit the corporations and giving back nothing to the nation is almost crimminal.  Thank goodness the House will have hearings.  Max is way out of step with majority of Americans. Trade deals like the one in Jordan where workers have to work 48 hour shifts with no breaks.  Where they bring in immigrants and take their passports away?  So they can make clothes sold at Wal-Mart and J.C. Penney?  "Blood Clothing" instead of diamonds.  Our technology advantage is going away.  Our medical researchers are leaving for India.  The cynicism in the op ed piece is breathtaking.  Yeh, retrain a Ph.D in engineering to stack sweaters at the Gap.  Great solution.


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