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April 25, 2009


President Obama has quietly announced that, in contradiction to a campaign pledge, he will not be pressing for new NAFTA labor and enviromental regulations. Says a pleased Wall Street Journal:

"Perhaps we should call this Austan Goolsbee's revenge. Recall that last year the Obama economic adviser had told a Canadian diplomat to ignore Mr. Obama's NAFTA campaign rhetoric; the candidate was merely pandering to big labor. When that disclosure became news, Mr. Goolsbee was banished to the campaign's isolation ward for imperfect spinners. Now we know Mr. Goolsbee -- not the candidate -- was the one telling the truth."


Anonymous Mairead said...

What I find interesting is the number of Obama supporters who seem mortally threatened by any suggestion that he is what he's repeatedly shown himself to be.

It's rather hard to account for that kind of frantic denial in people who, nominally at least, are intelligent adults.

April 26, 2009 5:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know what you mean Mairead. There were signs all during the campaign and I suffered great verbal abuse from friends when I pointed them out. I still think he's a much better choice than any Republican would have been, but he's light years away from being progressive.

April 28, 2009 12:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of all his broken promises so far, this is the one that's best for us.

May 4, 2009 3:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He is meeting with Calderon. Why does this President always apologize at the expense of Americans. We need NAFTA revisited today while millions of Americans are unemployed.

August 10, 2009 5:31 PM  

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