When they endorsed Specter they said they didn't want to be taken for granted. Now it would be one thing if the endorsed Specter over someone like an Ed Rendell with a poor labor record, but Joe Hoeffoel had an outstanding record on labor issues.
I agree I'm not voting for anybody in primary that votes for CAFTA.
I recently asked Steve Porter who is running against Phil English in Pennsylvania's 3rd Congressional district. and this is what he wrote:
I do not think that the entire economic globilization process (NAFTA, CAFTA,
WTO, etc.) has been prudently handled. Specifically, there are three areas
in which I have found all of them wanting. The first is the insurance that
the resultant trade will benefit all of the nations involved relatively
equally. Certainly, in the US, NAFTA has resulted in the loss of jobs, and
the outsourcing of US jobs to other nations has been far worse for us.
Second, many of the current trade policies do not make provision for fair
wages or labor conditions in countries outside the US. Third, there are not
sufficient provisions for environmental safeguards in nations outside the
US. A perfect example of globilization run amok is the situation in Saipan
where sweatshops are actually supported by some US Congress members. You
might want to read up on this. You can do so on the
www.globalexchange.com/saipan website or Google "Saipan sweatshops protected
by US Congressmen," and read the first few entries. Both Tom Delay and Phil
English are a part of this.
The underlying issue of the CAFTA situation--indeed all of these trade
policies--is that the globilization of economic forces has occurred at only
one end of the labor-management spectrum, management. There has been no
concommitant globilization of worker rights, so that profits expand at the
expense of human dignity. In many nations which reap the benefits of
globilization, the efforts on the part of workers to organize and fight for
better living and working conditions are met with the most severe
opposition, opposition which includes violence, imprisonment, exile, and the
It is one of the great tragedies of modern times that the human race has
allowed the neurosis of greed to impact so negatively on so many lives.
Perhaps it is not just modern times. Perhaps it is endemic to the human
species and is a part of all peoples at all times. Whatever one's position
on this philosophical postulation, I am certain that the constant and
consistent abuses of people will, as they have throughout history, lead to
violent changes in the fabrics of the societies in which the abuses occur.
The shortsightedness of much of the world's trade policy could well be the
progenitor of revolutions to come. There is far more at stake than a
momentary trade agreement in CAFTA and like policies.