Trade on the (campaign) trail

I'd like to introduce a new series called Trade on the Trail, each Friday bringing you what candidates have said on the campaign trail about trade that week.

Cross posted at

Former Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) released a statement on NAFTA trucks:

The Bush administration has allowed multinational corporations and their Washington lobbyists to jeopardize American highways and streets. They are putting profits over safety and pushing through this program without regard for the impact on the environment or the safety of America's workers and families. As president, I will enact smart trade policies that put workers, wages and families first.

Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY), according to the Washington Post,"told students in New Hampshire this week that she hated 'seeing U.S. telemarketing jobs done in remote locations far, far from our shores.'"

Also, a Clinton spokesperson said to the The Sun News (Myrtle Beach, SC),

The senator wants NAFTA and other trade deals "consistently monitored and evaluated."

She wants to make sure that our trade deals expand, not reduce, the number of good-paying, middle-class jobs and raise, not lower, American wages.

And Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM), also reported in The Sun News,

"Look, I voted for it [NAFTA]," Richardson said in an interview after his speech to the union leaders in McCormick. "I'm not apologizing for it. We thought the standards on environmental protection, on worker's protection would be strong. They were weak."

And in the polls:

Politico comments on a Quinnipiac poll which tested how the candidates would do in Ohio. Apparently, they were surprised by the no more NAFTA fervent that was the same in all tested demographics (maybe they forgot to read our Election Report?),

Along with Michigan, Ohio has been the state perhaps hardest hit by job losses due to foreign competition. Although Republicans are slightly more supportive of free trade than are Democrats or independents, even within GOP ranks there is clear resentment that Ohio's prosperity is being sacrificed to foreign competitors.

For instance, when Ohio voters are asked whether they think the U.S. economy would be better off if the nation continues its current trade laws or increases restrictions on imported goods, by a 60 percent to 30 percent margin they pick the latter. Even Republicans want new restrictions on imports, by a 55 percent to 35 percent margin...

...Only 21 percent believe the growth of the global economy has helped the Ohio economy, 30 percent think it has helped their families' bottom line, and 30 percent say it has helped the U.S. economy.

And that's it for this week's Trade on the Trail.

Clinton on outsourcing

We're all familiar with the occasional speech by some deranged wacko who opines that "when being raped, you might as well relax and enjoy it." Of course, anyone who says this should be and is ROUNDLY CASTIGATED on any number of grounds.

What does this have to do with outsourcing?

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Hillary Clinton Woos Outsourcers

Hillry Clinton is wooing the same outsourcers that workers fear.  Bill Clinton passed NAFTA, and was seen by Wallstreet insiders as favoring free trade agreements.  I ask the obvious question.  Why do voters think that Hillary Clinton would be any different then her husband Bill Clinton when it comes to free trade agreements.  Everone knows that wallstreet is definning what her economic policies will be.  Is there any doubt that under a Hillary presidency that there will be more companies leaving the US and more outsourcing of american jobs.

"Clinton is successfully wooing wealthy Indian Americans, many of them business leaders with close ties to their native country and an interest in protecting outsourcing laws and expanding access to worker visas. Her campaign has held three fundraisers in the Indian American community recently, one of which raised close to $3 million, its sponsor told an Indian news organization."

If you have any doubts to what I am saying, read this LA Times article: nation/la-na-buffalo30jul30,1, ory?coll=la-headlines-nation

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Immigraton Bill is TERRIBLE for US HIGH-TECH

The new immigration bill, up for a cloture vote today, is a terrible bill for US HIGH-TECH workers.  Every day, there are layoffs in this sector.  Every day, more and more jobs are outsourced.

The Repukeliscum answer?  Bring in more cheap Chinese and Indian high-tech workers to undercut US Markets and saturate the labor market.

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School Bus Safety Shouldn't Go to the Lowest Bidder

Cross-posted from DailyKos

It was announced today that UK transportation giant FirstGroup PLC will be purchasing Laidlaw International - the owner of Greyhound - for nearly £2 billion. For most, this may sound like another stale business story. But FirstGroup and Laidlaw are also two of the largest private sector school bus operators in the U.S.

Roughly half of the nation's school districts outsource the responsibility of driving your children to and from school. The Teamsters are not against outsourcing services to achieve savings through economies of scale. We represent both public and private sector drivers. What we object to are companies that cut corners, fail to pay descent wages and put children at risk.

First Student, the U.S. subsidiary of FirstGroup, is just such a company. And that is what should concern every parent who sends a child off to school on First Student bus.

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