Does changing the “fast track” rules that have been law for decades mean that the Democrat controlled Congress means to block any Bush initiatives for the remainder of his term?
I don't believe this is a trend that will occur 90% of the time. The only reason why this is an issue is because it's an election year and Hillary's advisors(i.e.-Mark Penn) was discovered to be a shill for the Colombian government.
The pinstripes dictate trade policy and when a candidate talks about being against NAFTA(when in fact, the opposite is true,) you can't have embarrassing things like the Penn thing surface. This issue was killed because it's an election year and because Hillary just needs the issue to die down if she has any hope of winning over voters who have to be lead by the nose to think that losing jobs overseas and running a trade deficit is good because of potential "high costs" to the consumer. Talk overalls, legislate for the pinstripes, and talk out of both sides of your mouth
-that is Hillary's formula here.
Was this a smart move or will there be a backlash? AreDems pandering to “labor” for the upcoming election?
It was a smart move politically, it was also a smart move economically, though it was done not out of principle, but out of a desire to not embarrass the party, the candidates, nor those who own the party through wealth and influence.
Some say we would have benefited more than Columbia from the trade pact. How do you feel about it?
The amount of goods sold to Colombia would not have matched the goods that would've been made in Colombia and sold here. The numbers up to this point with Colombia, show a continuing trade deficit,
it will only be accelerated through deals like this. Our trade deficit would only continue to increase, net job losses would only continue, it would be a loss for us. Oh yeah, and the trade deficit only continues to rise.
Is this a political smart move or a major blunder for Pelosi and Democrats who have said we “need all the friends we can get”? How will other countries like South Korea who hope to have a trade agreement some day view the shafting of Columbia?
Trade is one thing, letting other nations take the shirt off of your back is quite another. It is akin to allowing people to ransack your home and then acting incredulous should you make them stop.