Alliance for Democracy

Posted in Investor Protection Clauses, Korea Free Trade Agreement, NAFTA, Sen Ron Wyden by Alliance for Democracy Portland OR on February 5, 2011

President Obama promoted the Bush negotiated NAFTA style Korea (South) Free Trade Agreement during his State of the Union address. He said,  “And last month, we finalized a trade agreement with South Korea that will support at least 70,000 American jobs. This agreement has unprecedented support from business and labor, Democrats and Republicans — and I ask this Congress to pass it as soon as possible.

“Now, before I took office, I made it clear that we would enforce our trade agreements, and that I would only sign deals that keep faith with American workers and promote American jobs. That’s what we did with Korea, and that’s what I intend to do as we pursue agreements with Panama and Colombia and continue our Asia Pacific and global trade talks.”

Note that he said that this agreement would support 70,000, not that that number would be created. (more…)

Korea “Free” Trade Agreement: Say No!

Posted in CAFTA, Investor Protection Clauses, investor protections, NAFTA, South Korea Free Trade Agreement, UAW, UFCW, Uncategorized by Alliance for Democracy Portland OR on December 9, 2010

By now most of you realize that President Obama has gone backward on his campaign promise to look at the effects of past “free trade” agreements like the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Central American Free Trade Agreement and renegotiate them.  This renegotiation promise was part of his campaign of hope, which all people now realize, if they didn’t during the campaign, was for public consumption to get the vote but was not to be taken seriously as a guide for future action.

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TPP – New Deal or No Deal!‏

Posted in DeFazio, NAFTA, Sen. Merkley, TPP, Trade Act of 2009, Trans Pacific Partnership, WTO by Alliance for Democracy Portland OR on June 8, 2010

Feels like we have gone back a decade in that we need to pay attention again to the whole realm of trade agreements as the Obama Adminsration negotiates the Trans-Pacific Partnership.  Because this new agreement is still being negotiated, we don’t know what it will look like, just more of the same model for these agreement first bought to us by Presidents Bush the first and Bill Clinton (NAFTA, WTO) or will this agreement be based on the principles outlined in The TRADE ACT of 2009 (HR3012, S2821).  (more…)