300 reasons I would vote for used gym socks if it would keep John McCain out of office

June 13, 2008

Reason #72

Filed under: Foreign Policy,NAFTA,The Economy,The Environment,Worker's Rights — 300reasons @ 1:48 am

Even after NAFTA has had devastating effects on workers in the US and elsewhere, McCain is pushing against Obama’s proposed changes to the agreement, which would increase environmental and labor protections. He’s also pushing for another trade deal, this time with Columbia.

An AP-Yahoo News poll conducted mostly in April found that most Americans have a negative view of trade agreements.

Of those polled, 64 percent said that increasing trade between the United States and other countries has hurt the economy, while just 22 percent said it has helped. Moreover, 54 percent opposed the federal government negotiating new agreements with other countries, as opposed to 43 percent who favored more agreements, though Republicans tended to be evenly split on the question.

McCain clearly recognizes the public antipathy, particularly in some Midwestern states where the economy is reeling. “They’re hurting there in Ohio,” he told fundraisers in New York earlier this week. “It’s been tough and it’s been hard.”

But McCain has been pushing expanded training and educational programs to help displaced workers prepare for new jobs. And he maintains that without free trade, American businesses would have even more difficulties.

So it’s been tough and hard, and McCain’s solution is to do exactly the same thing (and add a country, for good measure).

That’s not weird green fake smile like rigor mortis setting in change we can believe in.

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