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Obama’s Latest Free Trader

By Michael Cebon | February 27, 2009

John Nichols reports today on his blog at thenation.com that Obama’s latest pick for Secretary of Commerce – former Washington Governor Gary Locke – is a committed free-trader.

Nichols says:

Locke has long been one of the Democratic Party’s most ardent advocates for free trade agreements that get high marks from multinational corporations but are condemned by human rights groups and labor, farm and environmental organizations.

As I’ve asked before on this blog, where will this leave Obama’s commitment to “fair trade” and to re-negotiating the NAFTA agreement?

Topics: US Trade Policy | 1 Comment »

One Response to “Obama’s Latest Free Trader”

  1. Ray Tapajna Says:
    March 1st, 2009 at 7:09 am

    The first thing that needs to be done is to define what Free Trade means. All references relate to trading goods when actually Free Trade has been primarily about moving production and factories from place to place for the sake of cheaper labor.
    And no one asks who said we had to compete like this in a global economic arena.
    Why did the U.S. Federal Government sponsor the moving of factories outside the U.S. in 1956. And why did this “temporary” program never end.

    President Obama wears blinders about issues like this and does not even bring up the fact that the Trade Deficit is a major cause of the current economic crisis.

    He has everything backwards. See http://www.bizarrepolitics.com/obama-cart-before-horse-economy and http://www.bizarrepolitics.com/cart-before-the-horse-economy demonstrates further how Obama’s stimulus package is a dud.