November 16, 2005

THE HIGH COST OF BALKING AT REGIME CHANGE (via Watching America)

'Manufacturers of Misery' Oppose Free Trade: By rejecting Washington's plan for a Free Trade Area of the Americas, according to this editorial from Spain's El Diario Exterior, 'the manufacturers of misery, who are stuck in slogans of the 1970s, have dynamited' what was a chance to 'replace poverty and under-development with trade and a market economy.' (November 15, 2005, El Diario Exterior - Original Article (Spanish) (via Watching America)

Those manufacturers of misery who bandy about slogans from the 1970s have dynamited what had been a chance to pass from poverty and underdevelopment, to trade and a market economy.

Chilean and American companies continue to tale advantage of the commercial opening up and new opportunities that the FTA [Free Trade Agreement] brings the two countries. As was published in Diario Exterio, during the first year that the treaty was in force, bilateral trade grew 33%, and it has already risen an additional 38.8% up to September 30, 2005.

Chile's gamble on the FTA has resulted in exports valued at $4.8 billion, in increase of 30.5% compared to 2003. Imports rose 3.4 billion, an increase of 32% over the previous year. Likewise, the dynamic trend in exports has propelled the sale of industrial products, with exports reaching $2.6 billion.

In 1991, 32.5% of products exported to the United States by Chile were industrial. Today this percentage has reached 57.2%. Thanks to the Free Trade Agreement, Chile has remarkably diversified production. During 2004, 2,135 companies exported 2,088 products to the U.S., which has contributed positively and directly to job creation.


The United States helped overthrow Allende and as a result Chile is a vibrant democratic ally with a per capita GDP over $10k.

We left Castro in power and as a result Cuba is a cesspool with a per capita GDP of $3k.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 16, 2005 12:19 PM
Comments

Yes but Pinochet baad, Castro goood!

Posted by: Tom C., Stamford,Ct. at November 16, 2005 2:25 PM

And don't forget the universal health care!

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at November 16, 2005 5:37 PM

And universal literacy!

Posted by: Dave at November 16, 2005 5:59 PM

Of course, our Puerto Rican colony has the same literacy, a longer life expectancy, and a GDP per capita of six times Cuba's.

Posted by: oj at November 16, 2005 6:04 PM

From the Watching America website banner:

“Behind the retired fly-fisherman facade, 64-year-old Dick Cheney hides a certain brutality.”

Man, I sure hope so! Sites like these are entertaining as all hell...

Posted by: Bruce Cleaver at November 16, 2005 6:12 PM

Brutal people, those fly fishermen. On the other hand, those of us who use spincast reels, now, we're a bunch of harmess little fuzzballs.

Posted by: Mike Morley at November 16, 2005 7:22 PM

And Cuba has eight hour long speeches from Castro! Now how can you beat that? Why with re-runs of his greatest hits on state television! If Hugo knows whats good for him he'll get the syndication rights and start showing those in Venezuala right now!

Posted by: Mikey at November 16, 2005 9:08 PM

"Cuba is a cesspool with a per capita GDP of $3k."

I'll take the under on that.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at November 17, 2005 2:54 AM
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