Phyllis Schlafly, Canada Free Press The first debate of the 2012 presidential race, with personalized, provocative questions planned by Fox News, was good political entertainment, but somehow didn’t get around to tackling two of the biggest issues. They are: how do the candidates plan to replace the millions of U.S. middle-class jobs that have gone overseas, and what will the candidates do about the millions of illegal aliens in our country.
By DAVID MACARAY On May 4, over the strenuous objections of organized labor, President Obama announced that the U.S. intends to sign an ambitious and expanded free trade agreement with the government of Colombia. AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka described the treaty thus: “The action plan does not go nearly far enough in laying out concrete benchmarks for progress in the areas of violence and impunity, nor does it address many of the ways in which Colombian labor law falls short of international standards.”
Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — The streets around John Sandberg’s furniture factory are dotted with the shuttered shells of manufacturers that have closed or left town. But the Sandberg family, woodworkers for four generations, has found ways to keep Sandberg Furniture Co., about 5 miles south of Los Angeles, going despite foreign competition, the nation’s stiffest environmental laws, and the housing industry collapse. For one of the state’s oldest furniture manufacturers, a maker of moderately priced bedroom furniture, survival is a matter of adaptability, Chief Executive John Sandberg said.
Doug Palmer, Reuters WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The largest U.S. labor group wants President Barack Obama's administration to suspend a free trade pact with Bahrain over human rights abuses in the kingdom's crackdown on anti-government protests.
Senators Told Lax Enforcement of Trade Laws Costing U.S. Jobs and Revenue Members of a Senate Finance subcommittee were told yesterday that enforcement of American trade laws to prevent customs fraud and duty evasion is a huge problem that is costing the nation more lost jobs and millions of dollars that should be in the U.S. Treasury.
Michael Whitney, Firedog Lake The Obama Administration intends to meet Congressional demands to move all three pending NAFTA-style “free trade” agreements with Colombia, Korea, and Panama. David Dayen previewed this news yesterday, explaining that at a minimum, a quarter million American jobs are at risk.
Russell Berman, The Hill Win the Future might be President Obama’s economic slogan of choice, but Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) wants the White House to adopt another catchy phrase: Make It in America.
TruthDig.com An Economic Policy Institute report released Tuesday confirms that a ballooning U.S.-Mexico trade deficit has cost hundreds of thousands of American jobs, and predicts more of the same when the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement comes into force.
Jackie Headapohl, Michigan Live NAFTA, a treaty among Canada, Mexico and the United States, removed tariffs and other trade barriers among those countries in 1994. But according to the Economic Policy Institute, a pro-labor, progressive organization, that treaty cost Michigan 43,600 jobs.
Michelle Chen, Color Lines News The construction giant Caterpillar is reportedly planning to treat its workers to steaming cups of Colombian coffee in the coming weeks, to warm them to the benefits of doing business with their “partners” in Latin America. While employees enjoy their break, lobbyists will be working hard, in their name, to peddle so-called “open markets” in Colombia, Panama and South Korea.