Colombia’s Fast Track Slowed Down By House Dems

The controversial free trade deal with Colombia that President Bush attempted to put on the fast track was halted by a unified Democratic presence in the House, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi saying, “If we are going to be successful in passing a trade agreement, we have to first tell the American people that we have a positive economic agenda.”

This would seem on the surface that the Democrats are beginning to listen to and hold strong for the populist faction of the base, but David Sirota is skeptical:

As NAFTA-architect-turned-investment-banker-turned-lawmaker Rahm Emanuel spews his doubletalk, keep reminding yourself: They aren’t trying to stop it, they’re trying to pass it…they aren’t trying to stop it, they’re trying to pass it…How many times do we have to be fooled by poorly executed and unconvincing tricks before we wake up and say enough is enough?

Truth be told, if they pass it, they pass it, I just hope they use the extra time to turn it from a free trade deal to a fair trade deal.

2 Responses to “Colombia’s Fast Track Slowed Down By House Dems”

  1. SteveIL says:

    From the article:

    “But Republicans said Democrats were only hurting American workers, arguing that the agreement would level the playing field by eliminating duties on American-made goods entering Colombia, which already has significant duty-free access to the United States.”

    Colombia already exports goods into the U.S. without undue tariffs on them. All this agreement does is allow for the same with U.S. goods being exported to Colombia. It allows for more of our goods to be produced that can be exported, thus helping out our own economy. It also means more U.S. people can be hired to produce those goods, another thing good for the struggling economy. It’s a win-win for the U.S. if it happens now.

    The agreement was signed 16 months ago, after Democrats won control of Congress. And they’ve been sitting on it since. Pelosi knows the deal would be of benefit to Americans and the U.S. economy, as does every Democrat who voted with Pelosi. Any idea that Pelosi just wants to make sure it passes is garbage. Pelosi is simply playing politics because that is all she knows how to do. The only other motive Pelosi could have is to somehow worsen the economy and get the Democrat media to blame it on the Bush administration; that is, wreck the economy for votes. It’s far-fetched, but I wouldn’t put it past her.

  2. Neo says:

    And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.

    So what is Pelosi’s excuse ?

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