That Giant Sucking Sound

By: Thursday October 13, 2011 9:03 am

That giant sucking sound you hear today is the sound of jobs being outsourced as President Obama signs into law three free trade deals; South Korea, Colombia and Panama. According to the Economic Policy Institute, passing the Korea Free Trade deal will likely cost this country 159,000 jobs. The three trade deals remain basically unchanged [...]

Democratic Reps., Steelworkers Oppose Colombia Trade Deal

By: Thursday April 7, 2011 10:34 am

Seven Eight Democratic Members of Congress spoke out against the Obama Administration’s proposed Colombia “free trade” agreement and its onerous assassination stress tests. They were joined by the United Steelworkers Union, the first major union to speak out against the deal after the AFL-CIO labor federation. Each centered their opposition on the laughable “Action Plan” to [...]

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.

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.