Henriquez Thinks Congress Might Ratify Free Trade Agreement This Month

Henriquez Thinks Congress Might Ratify Free Trade Agreement This Month

Wednesday, October 05 2011 @ 11:11 AM COT
Contributed by: Don Winner
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#Panama – Panama’s Foreign Minister Roberto Henriquez said on Wednesday he is confident the bilateral free trade agreement between the United States and Panama will pass by majority vote. This, after U.S. President Barack Obama sent the Panama, Colombia, and South Korea trade agreements to Congress this week. Obama asked them to approve the agreements “without delay.” On TVN News, HenrĂ­quez said although “nothing passes Congress unanimously,” he was confident that “our FTA will pass with a majority.” According to Henriquez, the fact that Obama sent the agreement to Congress is a sign he is in favor of it. In fact, he said he hopes the FTA will be approved this month.
MARTINELLI IN WASHINGTON – In speaking about this issue, the Panamanian Foreign Minister did not dismiss the possibility of a visit by the President of Panama, Ricardo Martinelli, to Washington. Henriquez said he keeps in touch with Panama’s ambassador in the United States, Mario Jaramillo, for him to indicate the appropriate time to travel. They want to find the right time, so that “the presence of the Panamanian authorities will exercise a favorable influence on the will of Congress,” said the chancellor. (Prensa)

Editor’s Comment: Barack Obama is against free trade. While campaigning in 2008, he attacked Hillary Clinton on the passage of NAFTA. He threatened to “opt out” of NAFTA once he was elected President. Of course he adopted these positions because they are politically expedient. Once Obama was in the White House in 2009 he started to soften his formerly militant stance against free trade. Apparently someone explained basic economics to him. Then later in 2010 he actually started trying to take credit for free trade policies and practices established by his Republican predecessor, Bush. Now, Obama has put forward the bilateral Free Trade Agreements negotiated by the Bush administration, because they will, in fact, create jobs in the United States. And if Obama doesn’t create some friggin’ jobs pretty damn quick, his chances of being reelected in November 2012 are nonexistent. So…

Does Obama like free trade? No.
Does he support Free Trade Agreements? No.
Did he want to put these three agreements forward to Congress for a vote? No.
Did the fundamentals of the economics on the ground trump his ideology? Yes.
Will these three Free Trade Agreements, if passed and implemented, create jobs in the United States? Yes.
Does Obama care more about politics and getting reelected than his ideology? Yes.
The left wing of the Democratic party continues to beat him up for putting these deals forward to Congress. But, they will vote for him anyway, and that’s why he can get away with it. Simple, really.

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