David Sirota has this news from MSNBC and his own comment on it:
“Obama said he would vote for a Peruvian trade agreement next week, in response to a question from a man in Londonderry, NH who called NAFTA and CAFTA a disaster for American workers. He said he supported the trade agreement with Peru because it contained the labor and environmental standards sought by groups like the AFL-CIO, despite the voter’s protests to the contrary. He also affirmed his support for free trade.”
The voter’s “protests to the contrary” are exactly right. The AFL-CIO does not support the Peruvian agreement, and the labor/environmental standards leave enforcement up to the Bush administration, rather than empowering third parties to enforce them…. [emphasis mine]
Sirota points out that Obama’s stand isn’t surprising considering that the senator was the keynote speaker at the launch of the Hamilton Project, a group of economists headed by Robert Rubin, Clinton’s Secretary of the Treasury. The Hamilton Project pushes the same free trade policies that obtained during Clinton’s presidency, and it aims to lure Democratic legislators to the dark side of the trade question.
Democrats who connive against the interests of the working class are perhaps more dangerous than Republicans. At least Republicans are more out front about their alliance with corporations.