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Glenn Reynolds' idea of a jobs program: free trade (Bankrupting America website) - 03/16/10

Glenn Reynolds says [1] "FREE TRADE: A jobs program that works", which links to "Trade is a jobs program that works" [2] from the site "Bankrupting America". That's run by an organization called "Public Notice", and the person behind both is Gretchen Hamel who was formerly part of the U.S. Trade Representative's office in the George W Bush administration [3]. Yes, all of the above are big clues to what's coming: Opponents of trade liberalization claim that jobs are lost as a result of increased competition with foreign producers. Additional competition can result in some job loss, which can...

Obama won't re-open NAFTA talks (Ron Kirk) - 04/20/09

Brian Knowlton of he New York Times offers "In Shift, Obama Doesn’t Plan to Reopen Nafta Talks" (link), which shouldn't come as much of a surprise to those who've been following the Obama NAFTA issue, especially when Obama admitted being deceptive about what he actually supports. From the article: The Obama administration said on Monday that it had no plans to reopen negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement to revise its labor and environmental provisions, as then-Senator Barack Obama promised to do during his presidential campaign. "The president has said we will look at all...

Ron Kirk, Obama's U.S. Trade Representive? (supported "NAFTA freeway") - 12/19/08

Barack Obama is apparently considering naming former Dallas mayor Ron Kirk as U.S. Trade Representative. Kirk is a strong NAFTA booster while Obama has only pretended not to be one. During the campaign, Obama played a cute game: pretending to want to "renegotiate" NAFTA, only to later admit that he'd been misleading. With Kirk, at least what they want to do is a bit more out in the open. Around March 12, 2001, Dino Chiecci of the Associated Press included this in "Meeting of Minds/Governors agree on Dallas trade center" (PDF link): Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk said “75 percent of goods that move...

Xavier Becerra: new U.S. Trade Representative? (meets Obama in Chicago) update: declines the offer - 12/04/08

Andrea Mitchell says that Representative Xavier Becerra - Democrat representing Los Angeles - is in Chicago to meet with Barack Obama over the possibility of become U.S. Trade Representative: Becerra voted for NAFTA in 1993, a vote he later said he regretted because of the lack of labor protections. He also supported China's World Trade Organization membership in 2000, and last year he pushed for passage of the trade deal with Peru, after labor protections were added. In the past, he also has opposed trade deals -- like the Central American Free Trade Pact. Meanwhile, the identity...