Pass These Free Trade Agreements!

Barack Obama defends three new free trade agreements in the Industrial Midwest

Michigan

Did you hear the news?

President Obama and the Republican House got together to pass the jobs bill the other day. They passed the three stalled free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama which were negotiated by the Bush administration.

Obama traveled to Michigan with the president of South Korea (who was sporting a Detroit Tigers hat) to defend the U.S.-South Korea free trade agreement as a job creating opportunity for American workers on the floor of a General Motors factory. Having lost large swathes of the American market to their Asian competitors, the idea here is that the Big Three are going to rebound by selling American automobiles in the South Korean market.

Every Democrat in the House from Michigan with the exception of Sander Levin voted against the U.S.-South Korea free trade agreement. It was also voted down in the Democratic districts in Eastern Iowa and in other Yankee settled areas around the Great Lakes in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and New York. With the exception of New Hampshire, New England was strongly opposed to the South Korea free trade agreement.

KIA just opened up a big new manufacturing plant in West Point, Georgia. Hyundai is the biggest employer in Montgomery. Mercedes has a plant outside Birmingham. Toyota and Nissan have manufacturing plants in Mississippi. Nissan and Volkswagon have plants in Tennessee.

Dixie has always supported free trade agreements to export agricultural commodities abroad and because foreigners like the Japanese and Germans have built a ton of manufacturing plants in the South. It is less clear why Barack Hussein Obama would support new free trade agreements after campaigning against them in 2008 to get elected president.

These free trade agreements will likely create jobs in the Sunbelt and South Korea, Panama, and Colombia. They will cost America jobs in the Upper Midwest and North Carolina which have already shed hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs under Obama.

U.S.-Columbia Free Trade Agreement (House)

Dixie voted overwhelmingly for the U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement. Every Republican in Dixie with the exceptions of Cliff Stearns (FL-6), John J. Duncan, Jr. (TN-2), Walter Jones (NC-3), and David McKinley (WV-1) voted for it.

As for the Democrats, Dan Boren (OK-2), Mike Ross (Ark-4), Charlie Gonzalez (TX-20), Henry Cueller (TX-28), Ruben Hinojosa (TX-15), Jim Cooper (TN-5), David Price (NC-4), Cathy Castor (FL-11), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20), James Moran (VA-8), and Gerald Connolly (VA-11) voted for the U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement.

Strangely enough, the opposition to the U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement in Dixie was led by the Congressional Black Caucus: Terri Sewell, James Clyburn, Bennie Thompson, David Scott, John Lewis, Sheila Jackson Lee, etc.

U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (Senate)

The U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement cleared the Senate by a vote of 66 to 33. In the South, Kay Hagan (D-NC), Joe Manchin (D-WV), John D. Rockefeller (D-WV), and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) voted against the bill.

U.S.-Panama Free Trade Agreement (House)

The free trade agreement with Panama cleared the House by a wider margin in Dixie with several members of the Congressional Black Caucus switching their votes to support the bill.

U.S.-Panama Free Trade Agreement (Senate)

The U.S.-Panama free trade agreement cleared the Senate by a vote of 77 to 22. In the South, Kay Hagan (D-NC), Joe Manchin (D-WV), and John D. Rockefeller (D-WV) voted against the bill.

U.S.-South Korea Free Trade Agreement (House)

The free trade agreement with South Korea stirred up the most opposition in the South with Republican House members from South Carolina and Virginia joining Democrats and Republicans in North Carolina in voting against the bill.

The same dynamic can be seen in the U.S.-Panama free trade agreement where “The Blacks” split on the issue and joined with the same group of North Carolina Democrats like Heath Shuler in opposing the bill.

U.S.-South Korea Free Trade Agreement (Senate)

The U.S.-South Korea free trade agreement passed the Senate by a vote of 83 to 15. In the South, Kay Hagan (D-NC), Joe Manchin (D-WV), and John D. Rockefeller (D-WV) voted against the bill.

In 2008, Barack Obama campaigned against new free trade agreements and promised to renegotiate NAFTA, but after getting elected president he sold out his own Democratic supporters in the Midwest and now he is openly antagonizing them by supporting three new free agreements with Panama, Columbia, and South Korea.

How do we explain this?

In “Bankers R Us,” Harold Meyerson gives us our answer: the Democratic Party is owned by Wall Street which supports free trade agreements. It is ruled by American finance which is why Bill Clinton signed the NAFTA agreement and the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act in 1999.

That’s why Obama supports the South Korea free trade agreement and why the Democratic Congress passed the Wall Street bailout in 2008 – in the case of free trade agreements, the interests of Wall Street align with Southern Republicans, which provides a rare window for “bipartisanship” in Washington.

The black mascot of Wall Street is brazenly lying to his own base of unionized workers in the Upper Midwest. I doubt they will be so easily fooled this time around.

Denise
Guest

Well – what are we going to do about it?

Albert Jackson
Guest

Hunter – Common English-speaker error here. The country in question is “Colombia”.

“Columbia” is the the District, a university in New York, a great river in the Pacific Northwest, half the name of a fantastic Canadian province.

Colombia is a fine nation in South America.

Donnerwedder!
Guest

Is there a website that catalogues all of these bestial incidents?

YT
Guest

Why on earth did the CBC care about colombia? Thats where the pre-cursors to crack come from!

Hail
Guest

All else equal, Free Trade hurts those with higher-paid labor. This means us.

In the modern day, it mainly helps corporate profits.

It’s as simple as that.

Discard
Guest

I thought the foreigners built plants in this country to avoid paying tariffs. Free trade agreements will allow them to keep manufacturing in their own countries, won’t it? That would mean that the southern Congressmen are betraying their constituents. Presumably, the foreign automakers will see that their retirements are well-funded.

Denise
Guest

Donnerwedder – the video i hilarious! Nigras being Nigras – jess keepin it real!

klaos
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I wouldn’t be so proud of Dixie’s past support of ‘free trade.’ Dixie liked free trade, for the same reason China does now. Dixie had the cheapest labor, just like China (or Veitnam, or Malaysia, etc.) does now. The long-term consequences of a relatively few wealthy plantation owners’ plan to corner the cheap-labor market have been disastrous for not only the Anglo-Celts of Dixie, but to all the White Nations in America. Both of Michigan’s senators supported the the South Korea FTA: http://www.michiganradio.org/post/stabenow-south-korea-free-trade-agreement-includes-auto-industry-provisions The higher up the political-power ladder you climb, the less resistance to FTAs you find (among other… Read more »
Conchobar
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denise, this is what michigan says http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLrrBs8JBQo

Pastor Martin Luther Dzerzhinsky Lindstedt
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Hello Fade/Hunter: Let me commend you for learning through hard experience that you cannot do anything about others in this wunderfool bowel Movement of ours and instead tending your own blog and forum with your own writings and works. I myself don’t always agree with you, but at least you are learning how to write and to think for yourself by writing and thinking for yourself. You have no control over what others say and think about you. The best revenge is by living well and doing your own thing. I’ve been reading your blog and forum entries every few… Read more »
ATBOTL
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The reason Asian car companies have plants in the US is because of tariffs. More free trade agreements mean less car plants in the South.

Earlmundo Armand Pitts III
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Earlmundo Armand Pitts III

There are quite a few automotive & heavy machinery “transplants” in the mid-west & upper South. These NAFTA style trade deals will hurt because they will kill off more, if not most of the remaining auto & machinery parts manufacturers in the entire US.

Don’t forget these assembly plants you mentioned, assemble cars & machinery from parts. It’s the parts plants that are hurt by these trade deals—including Alabama steel, and Carolina tires, plastics & electronics.

Walter Jones is a very smart man!

anna
Guest

one good thing about teaching blacks to be rabid racists for all those years is they will actually vote against crap that takes their jobs and don’t care what anyone calls them.

Compassionatefascist
Guest

NET result of these latest FT scams will be loss of jobs, and more people buying imported stuff with debt. Screw the Old/New South and its cheap labor; I want the whole country back. Pastor MLDL has some very interesting ideas.

Compassionatefascist
Guest

“John D.” Rockefeller. Dead. Jay Rockefeller. Alive.

YT
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” It’s the parts plants that are hurt by these trade deals—including Alabama steel, and Carolina tires, plastics & electronics.” AKA the low value work. If you want a country richer than the shitholes that do low-value work, you have to do things there’s a comparative advantage in. Assembling a car to customer spec, managing the supply chain of parts for it and so forth is a more difficult technological task and therefore higher value than a plant that casts and machines the same engine block day in and day out. The laws of economics are pretty clear on these… Read more »
Discard
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YT: Assembly work is the low-skilled labor, not casting or machining. That’s why you will see “Assembled in Mexico” on some products. Managing an assembly line is a high skill job, but so is ensuring that all those engine blocks are interchangeable.

Luthiel
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Please help reinstate Glass Steagall by signing this petition:

http://www.change.org/petitions/us-congress-reinstate-glass-steagall

It would go a long way in reducing the damage done by these free trade deals. We also need to stop them altogether. The fact that there is such broad support for these instruments in the Congress is telling. We can’t fix the problems when we keep multiplying them.

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