In 2006, 115 Democratic congressional candidates — many from conservative districts — made opposition to NAFTA-style pacts a centerpiece of their campaign. They promised to reform America’s trade policy. But this month, to the horror of these recently elected fair traders, senior Democrats like Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., are joining with Republicans, the White House and corporate lobbyists to champion trade deals that actually expand NAFTA.
The proposed pacts with Peru, Colombia and Panama are designed to force Americans into another destructive wage-cutting competition with desperate foreign workers just as BusinessWeek reports that “many countries south of the border are building up their outsourcing infrastructure.” But that’s just the beginning.
According to the watchdog group Public Citizen, the Peru deal weakens American laws that ensure taxpayer-funded contracts do not subsidize outsourcing.
The Colombia agreement, which is being pushed by former Clinton administration officials-turned-lobbyists, rewards a government that helps execute union organizers, according to the Washington Post. Today, more unionists are killed each year in Colombia than in the rest of the world’s countries combined. Suppressing unions keeps Colombian wages low. With the benefits of a free trade agreement, those low wages will be more easily exploited by outsourcers. http://www.creators.com/opinion/david-sirota.html
photos ”should not be made public. I feel that it could possibly endanger the men and women of the armed forces as they are serving and at great risk.”
But the real push to limit the accessibility of the photographs will come from the continuing effort to protect the administration and cover up our misrule in Iraq — to identify ”outrage” over the photographs with a campaign to undermine American military might and the purposes it currently serves. Just as it was regarded by many as an implicit criticism of the war to show on television photographs of American soldiers who have been killed in the course of the invasion and occupation of Iraq, it will increasingly be thought unpatriotic to disseminate the new photographs and further tarnish the image of America.
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