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  •  NAFTA couldn't pass without Democrats (9+ / 0-)

    At the time the NAFTA was fast tracked through Congress Democrats had a majority in the House.

    And - Congressional Democratic leaders opposed the multinational corporate trade deal wrapped up in the "free trade" label  to make it seem more palatable to the uninformed.

    Speaker Dick Gephart opposed the Regan/Bush trade agreement dubbed "NAFTA"

    Dem Whip David Bobior opposed the NAFTA

    On any given night after Congress had adjorned you could turn CSPAN on & see House "Special Orders" being used by David Bonior, Marcy Kaptur, Dennis Kucinich and other stalwarts to educate the American people about the destructive, anti-democratic deal being pushed by the Clinton administration and their Republican partners in Congress.

    If you tuned to the corporate, so called "main stream" media - you'd regularly find Clinton Administration heavy weights like Robert Reich selling the NAFTA like it was the best thing since syrup on your pancakes. (He still supports so-called "free trade" agreements - by the way)

    It was not inconsequential that Bill Clinton's Secretary of Labor used his power and influence to promote a trade agreement vehemently opposed by Labor.

    When the newly installed Clinton administration made passing the NAFTA it's first and highest priority against the protestations of their labor allies, they set a destructive chain of events in motion: Labor sat out the next election - Republicans (led by Gingrich) took over the House...and the rest is a sad history of stepped up banking deregulation and assaults on working people.


    "There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people." — Howard Zinn

    by peace voter on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 09:06:31 AM PDT

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