|Flower worker Dolores Acero in the U.S. with flowers probably cut in Colombia.|
This is pretty much what we expected. The mainstream news media made no mention of the arrest at the White House yesterday during a protest of the proposed Colombian trade deal. None. Zip. Zilch. Nyet. Nada.
America's robust economy allowed us to be a nation that valued fairness and opportunity. Our economy outperformed the world for decades behind a wall of protective tariffs. The heartbreaking collapse of our manufacturing base resulted from the trade deals that lifted those tariffs in the past few decades.
Unfortunately, workers don't get what they need.
Lobbyists for multinationals are predicting Congress will approve three bad trade deals by July: with South Korea, Colombia and Panama.
Obama defies unions with Colombia deal The Hill ...The administration announced it would move forward with the deal after agreeing to an “action plan” with Colombia...
Thousands rally at Wisconsin Capitol to protest anti-union bill Associated Press ...The sweeping measure was moving swiftly through the GOP-led Legislature and would mark a dramatic shift for Wisconsin...