June 26, 2005

WHY BOTHER WITH COHERENCE:

It's time for the Democrats to embrace CAFTA (William M. Daley, June 26, 2005, Chicago Tribune)

Most Republicans and the business community extol the virtues of trade, depicting it as an engine of economic progress, while most Democrats and unions attack the exportation of American jobs, claiming that trade agreements are destroying our economy.

Washington is gearing up for another fight about global trade and it's looking like a movie we've seen before. Every trade agreement has triggered the same debate, yet all of them eventually passed. This time, however, the outcome could be different. Democrats are more united in opposition, and Republicans more divided, than ever before. The business community, seeing little in the way of serious economic benefit, is not pressing for approval of the Central America Free Trade Agreement the way it has done for previous agreements.

CAFTA's failure would be a tragic result. But it would largely be a product of the poison--and the paralysis--that infects our national politics today.


Democrats oppose free trade for ideological reasons but if they don't vote for free trade it will be because of the atmosphere on the Hill?

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 26, 2005 11:33 AM
Comments

I thought they asked Daley to step into the fray and come out for CAFTA and he declined.

Posted by: Sandy P at June 26, 2005 8:46 PM

They asked him to lobby on the Hill and he said it was too partisan these days.

Posted by: oj at June 26, 2005 11:21 PM
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