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It’s now Obama vs Democrats on free trade

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Back in the days of “hope and change”, candidate Obama was against NAFTA and voted against CAFTA.   He beat up Hillary Clinton for her support of NAFTA and blamed everything on free trade agreements.

That was then and this is now.    

President Obama is now trying to pass a 12-nation free trade pact in Asia Pacific.  At the same time, he is having a very hard time persuading Democrats according to The Washington Post:

“Obama’s embrace of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) faces fierce opposition from some of his closest political allies and the organizational heart of the Democratic coalition: labor unions, environmental groups and the progressive wing of Congress. His critics on the left contend the pact would help American corporations in state-controlled foreign markets but would lead to job losses and exacerbate the growing income gap at home.”

President Obama was wrong in 2008 and he is right now.     We need this trade deal to promote US businesses in the Asia Pacific region.    

Unfortunately for President Obama, the Democrats are throwing his words from 2008 right back at him.

It’s like Obama’s chickens have come home to roost!   Yes they have.

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April 15, 2015 at 7:00 pm

The Panama summit and other US Latin America stories of the week

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GUESTS:  Fausta Rodriguez-Wertz, the editor of Fausta’s Blog……plus Roger Mailhot, a Canadian businessman with vast Latin America experience and currently living in Lima, Peru…….we will discuss the Latin American summit in Panama….the US-Cuba talks…..President Obama and Raul Castro…..the US-Venezuela rift…..more marches in Brazil…….the continuing crisis in Argentina….the murder of Alberto Nisman……and other US-Latin America stories of the week….

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April 15, 2015 at 1:00 pm

The day that Jackie Robinson played with the Dodgers

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Baseball took a giant leap forward on this day in 1947:

“On April 15, 1947, Robinson took his position at first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field and became the first African-American player to break the game’s color barrier.”

It was a great day for the country and baseball.


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April 15, 2015 at 6:00 am

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‘Nada’ or ‘Zilch’ from these U.S.-Cuba Negotiations

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(My new American Thinker post)

President Obama has decided to remove Cuba from the list of terrorist nations.

I guess that harboring terrorists or smuggling weapons no longer makes you a terrorist nation. It’s hard to settle that with the reality of Cuba. such as the harboring of Basque and Colombia terrorists plus fugitives from U.S. law.   

Sadly, it is beginning to look like we got nothing from Cuba, or “zilch” as Ben Domenech just reminded us:

It’s that this normalization came without getting the United States any of their long-stated policy priorities for the Cuban people in return. Normalization is President Obama’s gift to the Castro regime — a gift with no strings attached.

This is, not coincidentally, the exact same problem we see with the administration’s approach to negotiations with Iran (with far more at stake, of course). In both cases, an avowed enemy of the United States is handed huge strategic concessions by the Americans — in exchange for what amounts to nothing.

And that’s the point!

We got “nada”!   

This silly handshake  comes with consequences, such as the escalation of violence in Ukraine, those S-300 missile systems to Tehran and Russian jets pushing their weight around.   

I understand that most Americans just see normalization with Cuba in the context of travelling to beaches or seeing 1950s cars. 

However, there is a larger issue and I hope that the GOP points this out as we discuss the collapse of our foreign policy under President Obama.

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April 15, 2015 at 5:00 am

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