Updates

06/13/11
Steve Hughes, Ray Kenny, Frank Rouse, Salem Statesman-Journal Congressman Kurt Schrader seems to be confused. On the one hand, he says he opposes trade deals that extend greater rights to foreign investors than exist for Oregonians doing business in our state. On the other hand, he is supporting a massive new free trade agreement with South Korea that does just that.
06/13/11
Letter To The Editor, Saginaw News Regarding the story “Gov. Snyder co-signs letter supporting trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea” by Kathryn Lynch-Morin: Though talk surrounding the three pending free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama majorly casts them in a rosy light, politicians such as Gov. Snyder and corporate interests conveniently neglect to mention the high costs of these agreements for the working class, and the environment in the United States as well as abroad.
06/11/11
Karl Rusnak, Economy in Crisis The simple fact is that most Americans do not want new NAFTA-like trade agreements.
06/11/11
Daniel Larison, The American Conservative Voters are more bearish on trade deals than the business class that want them. Even some Republican voters aren’t sure if they want new trade deals. But no Republican voter wants a “radical” who believes in “world government” to get a promotion. You’ve got an elite argument and a populist argument, pushed from different sides, working in tandem. ~Dave Weigel
06/11/11
Daniel Sayani, New American Yet another free trade agreement is in the works, as Congress debates the Republic of Korea-United States Free Trade Agreement (also known as KORUS FTA), which would, upon ratification, eliminate 95 percent of each nation's tariffs on goods within five years.
06/11/11
Ed Silverman, Pharmalot Adding his voice to a growing chorus of criticism over US trade policy on pharmaceuticals, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has written a stern letter to US President Barack Obama to complain that recent efforts by the US Trade Representative to negotiate various trade agreements could threaten healthcare programs serving vulnerable populations in the US.
06/11/11
Jessica Lettween, Minneapolis Star-Tribune Proponents of the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement must assume that Americans have very short memories or are indifferent to attempts to undermine their best interests.
06/09/11
Michael Novinson, Times Herald-Record ULSTER — U.S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey advocated for a muscular federal government and stronger trade policies Wednesday to spur economic development. "I want to make sure the phrase 'Made in America' describes our future rather than our past," said Hinchey following a tour of FALA Technologies, a semiconductor and nanotechnology engineer.
06/08/11
Howard Richman, Richman's Trade and Tax Blog The Los Angeles Times reports that Governor Palin met with Donald Trump during a May 31 visit to New York. In her remarks, she told reports that she advocated balanced trade arrangements: "What do we have in common? Our love for this country, a desire to see our economy put back on the right track," Palin told reporters. "To have a balanced trade arrangement with other countries across this world so Americans can have our jobs, our industries, our manufacturing again. And exploiting responsibly our natural resources. We can do that again if we make good decisions."
06/08/11
Gordon Lafer, The Hill As a political scientist, I’m sometimes asked how it’s possible for a democracy to enact laws that are opposed by the majority of voters. There is no clearer illustration of how this works than the current race to enact a free trade agreement with Colombia.

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