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  •  Nichols on Locke: 'Militant Free Trader' (1+ / 0-)
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    Purple Priestess

    And I quote:

    Obama says that Locke will be "a trusted voice in my Cabinet" on economic issues, while Locke says he'll make the Commerce Department -- which has traditionally been the corporate bastion in Democratic and Republican administrations -- an "active and integral partner" in shaping and promoting Obama's economic agenda.

    Unfortunately, to the extent that Obama has expressed a desire to develop trade policies that are more responsive to Main Street than Wall Street, there is little reason to believe that the Commerce nominee is on board.

    Locke has long been one of the Democratic Party's most ardent advocates for free trade agreements that get high marks from multinational corporations but are condemned by human rights groups and labor, farm and environmental organizations.

    Read the rest here. Nichols, as usual, raises compelling questions about Obama's latest nominee to head Commerce. So here's what I ask: Should we be suspicious of this appointment, or should we give Obama the benefit of the doubt?

    The real cynics are the ones who tell you everything will be alright. - George Carlin

    by felldestroyed on Wed Feb 25, 2009 at 11:51:13 PM PST

    •  Speaking as a former constituent (0+ / 0-)

      I say we do the latter. Gov. Locke was one of the best Governors in recent Washington history, IMNSHO.

      Liberalism is, I think, resurgent. One reason is that more and more people are so painfully aware of the alternative. ~~ John Kenneth Galbraith

      by Purple Priestess on Thu Feb 26, 2009 at 04:19:44 AM PST

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