Unilateral Democrats

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  1. carpro

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    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120415972950898231.html

    Unilateral Democrats

    February 28, 2008

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    Democrats claim the world hates America because President Bush has behaved like a global bully. But we don't recall him ever ordering an ally to rewrite an existing agreement on American terms -- or else.

    Yet that's exactly what both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are now promising to do to our closest neighbors, Mexico and Canada. At their Ohio debate on Tuesday, first Mrs. Clinton, followed ever so quickly by Mr. Obama, pledged to pull America out of the North American Free Trade Agreement if the two countries don't agree to rewrite it on Yankee terms. How's that for global "unilateralism"?

    Democrats sure have come a long way from the 1990s, when Bill Clinton pushed Nafta through a Democratic Congress. And the truth is that both Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Obama have spoken favorably about Nafta in the past. Yet now they are sounding the loudest protectionist notes by a potential President in decades. More dangerous, neither is telling the truth about the role of trade in the U.S. economy. If either one makes it to the White House, he or she will carry the weight of this campaign protectionism while trying to lead the global economy.
     
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    McCain will beat Obama and that will be the end of it. Of course then our borders will be left vulnerable and criminals will be given amnesty.
     
  3. Dagwood

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    Yea, McCain is going to beat Obama. :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
     
  4. JustChristian

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    So, it looks like you're a strong supporter of NAFTA, right?
     
  5. carpro

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    Personally, I don't care for it at all, but...

    I'm a strong supporter of honoring treaties.
     
  6. KenH

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    Prediction: Senator Obama 53%, Senator McCain 47%.
     
  7. KenH

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    And according to the treaty we have the right to threaten to opt out of it. It's about time that we have someone like Senator Obama who will stand up for a fair and level playing field for American workers.
     
  8. Magnetic Poles

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    So if a treaty is not in the best interests of the USA, you are for not trying to renegotiate more favorable terms? I don't see any treaty being dishonored, but talk about fine tuning the terms to improve them once we have some history with it.
     
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    Uh huh, sure.
     
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    Renotiating is one thing, the threatened unilateral violation of a treaty is something different.
     
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    As long as the field is tilted towards unions, special interests, and Big Brother - or anyone else that the Big Money says to tilt the field toward :laugh:
     
  12. KenH

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    Please point out what would be a unilateral violation.
     
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    Hmmm... wonder if that includes the Geneva Convention....
    :rolleyes:
     
  14. Baptist in Richmond

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    I don't follow you, TomVols.
    Are you saying that Big Money says to "tilt the field" toward unions?

    Just curious, hope all is well,

    BiR

    P.S. Maybe after this year, Phil will be out as coach of the Volunteers.
     
  15. carpro

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    I thought you had read the OP.

    Oh, well...
     

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