CAFTA Passes, Workers Screwed Once Again
David Sirota says what needs to be said about the 15 Dems who broke ranks to support Bush and the Republicans in passing the latest pro-corporate/anti-worker and peasant trade deal. Sirota's links are also worth reading on his post on this subject.
My local congressman, Duncan Hunter (R-San Diego, CA), is one of the few Republicans who mostly (and properly) opposes these trade deals. He voted against the CAFTA as well. What I don't get about Hunter, though, is that, while he connects the dots to opposing Chinese exploitation of workers (he is a trade hawk with China), he fails to connect the same dots to exploitation of workers here in America. Pat Buchanan, for example, has sometimes supported labor law reform--at least when he was running for president--while Hunter continues to be hositle to labor law reform and pushes anti-labor union legislation with other Republicans.
I also think the fix was in politically in terms of who was going to vote for or against. Does anyone really think Jane Harman (D-CA) has changed her pro-corporate stripes in voting against the CAFTA this time? See here (scroll down to "Free Trade"--you can tell this is a libertarian or pro-Republican site with that phrasing of the issue).
UPDATE: Some intrigue has arisen from the Republican side in terms of the voting on CAFTA. Apparently, the two Reeps who did not vote were anti-CAFTA and their reasoning for not voting is quite transparently ridiculous. See here. I also read somewhere--can't find link right now--that Jo Ann Davis, the other Republican, went to the Boy Scout Jamboree for an event, found out it was canceled due to weather, and --lordy, lordy--just could not get back in time. "Damn that traffic!" On the CAFTA vote, which was one of the big votes this year. She should be fired for incompetence by her constituents. And if anyone thinks this is all coincidental, I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you...Thanks to Kevin Drum and Josh Marshall (check on my links portion of page) for their reporting.