Obama Sets His Trade Priorities
On Cuba– In 2004, Mr. Obama told an audience at Southern Illinois University that trade with Communist Cuba was a good thing:
“I think it’s time for us to end the embargo with Cuba… It’s time for us to acknowledge that that particular policy has failed.”
On Colombia– On April 3, 2008, Barack Obama said that trade with capitalist pro-American Colombia was a bad thing:
“I will oppose the Colombia Free Trade Agreement if President Bush insists on sending it to Congress because the violence against unions in Colombia would make a mockery of the very labor protections that we have insisted be included in these kinds of agreements.”
The latest Democratic objection to the trade agreement with US ally Colombia is that Bogotá isn’t doing enough to protect labor activists. But the murders of trade unionists have fallen by almost 80% since 2002.
Since 2002, homicides of trade unionists has fallen between 80% and 86%. (White House)
In fact since pro-American President Alvaro Uribe has been in office Colombian homicides are down by 40%, kidnappings are down by 83% and terrorist attacks are down by 76%.
But, this is not good enough for Congressional Democrats???
Another Rovian Conspiracy has more on Obama’s bitter trade policies.