Free Trade Flip Flop: Trade Package Goes From “Huge Mistake” to “Grand Bargain”?

By: Thursday May 5, 2011 6:56 am

The Obama Administration intends to meet Congressional demands to move all three pending NAFTA-style “free trade” agreements with Colombia, Korea, and Panama by an arbitrary deadline of July 1

Assassination Stress Tests: White House Moves NAFTA-style Colombia Trade Deal

By: Wednesday April 6, 2011 10:59 am

The Obama Adminstration announced today it intends to move to Congress a NAFTA-style trade deal with Colombia (better known as Colombian “Free Trade”). The hold up for the last five years has been the little issue of union members being assassinated in Colombia. Specifically, 2,850 trade unionists have been assassinated in Colombia in the last 25 years, including 52 murdered in 2009.

Good news! The Obama Administration and Colombia have agreed to an “Action Plan” to reduce those assassinations in the next 3 months before Congress ratifies the NAFTA-style trade deal. As Marcy Wheeler noted, those checkpoints are essentially “assassination stress tests” – a meaningless series of goals without real enforcement, and without a requirement that the number of murders is actually, you know, reduced.

More GOP Hostage-Taking – Trade Deal Edition

By: Thursday March 10, 2011 11:39 am

The problem with President Obama’s willingness to give into Senate Republican’s “hostage taking” tactics is that it just ends up encouraging them to take more hostages and demand even bigger ransoms. The most recent hostage taker is Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and his latest hostage is the South Korean free trade deal. From The Hill: [...]

McCain Pushes Free Trade Deal Supported By Campaign Aide/Lobbyist For Foreign Government

By: Monday May 19, 2008 1:01 pm

Again, it’s McCain and the lobbyists.From the DNC, in response to McCain’s speech on trade today:Fundraiser Peter Madigan Lobbies for Colombian Government. One of McCain’s fundraisers, Peter Madigan, works for the government of Colombia to lobby for and promote a U.S.-Colombia free-trade agreement. His firm is also paid to seek appropriations for the Government of Colombia, according to filings.