Archive for Sunday, September 21, 2008

Bush: Trade deal with Colombia in US interest

September 21, 2008


— President Bush and Colombian President Alvaro Uribe renewed their push on Saturday for Congress to approve a free-trade deal before lawmakers leave town to campaign for re-election.

"It's in our economic interest that we continue to open up markets in our neighborhood, particularly with a nation that is growing like yours," Bush told Uribe in the Rose Garden. "And yet we can't get a vote out of Congress. I've been asking the Democrat leadership in Congress for a vote, and they've consistently blocked the vote."

Congressional Democrats say they are delaying votes on trade deals involving Colombia, Panama and South Korea until the Bush administration resolves questions about the impact on U.S. jobs and other issues. But time is running out on the legislative calendar.

Bush urged lawmakers to reconsider their opposition, but seemed resigned that it might not happen on his watch. Bush called Uribe an "honest man" who has responded to U.S. concerns about crime in Colombia and has been successful in reducing homicides, kidnappings and terrorist attacks.


geekin_topekan 9 years, 9 months ago

Free trade deal means all the multinationals that brought you the immigration crisis can expand their influence and bring more poverty to the people of COlumbia,more $$ to the officials of Columbia and more immgration to the US.Uribe is a smart man,look at what happened to the Bolivian president who resisted trade "deals" with the US.Did we send mercenaries to start a rebellion?I'll bet the answer would be no if you asked Washington but his ousting is no surprise to anyone.Bring jobs to the people,I can hear it now.We will train those who lack industrial experience,educate those who need the most basic skills to compete in the "world market" and yadayadayada.THe truth?A multi national agricultural corporation will buy all the otherwise prosperous farms and turn them into profits for themselves.The people who used to own the farms will become employees of that mutlinational or starve,so they emmigrate to the US in the night.Those who refuse to sell will have their product deemed below health standards by the agricultural corp. who now sets those standards for the COlumian government.Sell, starve of emmigrate.The bottom line,few will get rich,many will become servants to US interests against their will and the others will sneak into a foreign land to the north.I am sure that Uribe wants this pushed through congress,he has a lot at stake.The people?Well,ask the people of South Korea what they feel about it.Or did we forget the rioting already?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years, 9 months ago

With the exception of Colombia, BushCo has alienated all of S. America-- they're just doing the best they can with what little is left to them.

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