March 02, 2008
The Winds of Trade Will Blow Again

David Postman's front page article reporting on skeptical views toward the anti-NAFTA rhetoric of the Democratic Presidential candidates is an important step forward in airing the push-back from many the party's own idealogical allies.

If there was any doubt that the Democratic nominee will not carry that message of flawed populism with equal fervor into the general election just check out the Washington Post's editorial page over the weekend. The editorial board itself lit into Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for the intellectual weakness of their NAFTA positioning. So to did left-of-center op-ed columnist Sebastian Mallaby.

Oh, and Fareed Zakaria, no fan of the Bush administration, sounds the alarm on the issue too in the latest issue of Newsweek.

Republicans can run against the denizens of the MSM. Democrats cannot suffer the same fate so cavalierly.

Posted by Eric Earling at March 02, 2008 06:49 PM | Email This
1. Hmmm. Other people have done well in the age of globalization. I feel those people will offset the angry, out of work, lost their pensions, union Democrats. It's just that the media hypes these people to the MAX, never gives us any insight into how other people are doing.

Posted by: FreedomLover on March 3, 2008 01:04 AM
2. Does anyone bother reading Horses Poop any more? It's a sad state of affairs, you basically have one guy dominating the comments spewing anti-Bush screed when the topic is local. As if if Bush screwed up Seattle. NO wonder liberalism is a mental disorder. Right on Michael Savage.

Posted by: FreedomLover on March 3, 2008 01:21 AM
3. Trade is an issue, or I should say, imbalanced unfair trade is an issue. Too often it is posed as either we have free trade or we have no trade. I don't think that's what is being really pushed by the Dems and populists like Edwards. They're saying we need to level the playing field because we're losing production jobs. What American company can compete against corporations and governments that don't care about workers and environmental issues. There is some issue north/south of us with NAFTA, but really the main hits are east/west of us. And sure, some corporations are making a killing, but at what cost in the long run.

Posted by: Susannity on March 3, 2008 09:21 AM
If NAFTA is so great for Mexico, why do so many Mexicans cross the border?

I mean, shouldn't they be "sucking" all those Yankee dollars down there?

Seems to me Mexico should be awash in cash from NAFTA...yet, it's poverty stricken.


Posted by: John Bailo on March 3, 2008 09:40 AM
5. If NAFTA is so great for the US, then why does China have all our cash?

Posted by: scott on March 3, 2008 11:32 AM
6. Re No. 5

What has China got to do with NAFTA?

Actually, if we get low cost assembly, sowing and cutting work in Mexico to complement our competively produced basic parts and cloth, we save American jobs and do not send cash to China which would make the whole product.

We have lower unemployment now than we did before China opened up to the world and we signed NAFTA. So how is it that now all our unemployment is due to China and NAFTA? Please explain this to me?

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