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  •  That's not what the AFL-CIO says. (4+ / 0-)
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    Yoshimi, Geekesque, dotster, icebergslim

    Their conclusion:

    Undoubtedly, the Peru TPA, as amended, marks a substantial step forward toward a trade
    model that will benefit the working people of both countries. We applaud the substantial effort
    that brought about these changes.

    However, it is important to remember that the May 10th
    agreement represents the tip of the iceberg in addressing what is wrong in our trade policy.  
    Improving this agreement alone will not solve America’s problems.  Further work needs to be
    done to improve the "template" for future trade agreements.  We must work together to build a
    prosperous economy and workforce of the future, and act expeditiously to address the domestic
    and international policies that are putting U.S. workers, businesses, and farmers at risk, such as:  
    currency manipulation, unfair and imbalanced asymmetries in the tax code, and lax and
    inconsistent enforcement of our trade laws.

    So no problems with the Peru deal itself.

    Their only problem is that they're justifiably worried that the Peru deal will be an anomaly and the other deals will suck as much as NAFTA and CAFTA.

    And I think I'm going to trust the AFL-CIO more than David Sirota or someone who's previous diaries include " YearlyKos Coopted by Corporate Free Traders", "Big Business Coopts the Left on Farm Bill DON'T FALL FOR IT", " Netroots Betray Farmers"

    •  AFL-CIO doesn't represent farmers (2+ / 0-)
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      MontanaMaven, docangel

      Not here, and certainly not in Paru.

      Why do you think 4,000,000 farmers are striking against this bill NOW?

      Kill me before I have to think again!

      by Jacob Freeze on Tue Oct 09, 2007 at 05:48:22 PM PDT

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      •  If it sucks for Peru, won't Peru oppose it? (0+ / 0-)
        •  It sucks for Peruvians (2+ / 0-)
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          docangel, Jacob Freeze

          and Peruvians will oppose it.

          The Government of Peru OTOH meh! They will send in the army and the police to break skulls.

          My novel is full of sex, drink, incest, suicides, dope, horseracing, murder, scandalous legal procedure and ends with a good public hanging--attended by 30,000

          by Salo on Tue Oct 09, 2007 at 06:00:07 PM PDT

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        •  haha NAFTA sucked (2+ / 0-)
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          docangel, Jacob Freeze

          Did the US oppose it? no, the corporate elites in both parties rammed it down our throats even though most Americans solidly opposed it. a little guy called Ross Perot made a splash by opposing it, but he was outgunned by the likes of Al Gore and Wall Street and Corporate America. what makes you think "the people" of Peru can convince their even less democratic governments?

          Which is why the Costa Rican vote on CAFTA was so important. Costa Rican voters passed CAFTA, on a 52-48 vote, but after massive corporate lobbying by the likes of both business and the US, who threatened their trade benefits. originally, the country was solidly opposed until the scare campaign.

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