Wednesday, May 7, 2008


Until Hillary Clinton does the honorable thing and bows out of this race, we are going to post one negative aspect of her campaign and her ideals each day. If you agree that it is important that the world knows each reason, then please digg it up.


Policy wise, Hillary Clinton is out of step with 90% of working middle class Americans. Despite her current claim that she never backed it, Clinton's support of the North American Free Trade Agreement (which made outsourcing US jobs a no-brainer for corporations who care more about their bottom line than their employees) is well-documented. In his book Take This Job and Ship It, Senator Byron Dorgan of North Dakota cited NAFTA as one of the key pieces of legislation still burdening American workers today. And Clinton knew that workers would be hurt, disregarding the vociferous objections of their unions. In her own memoir, Living History, Clinton wrote, "although unpopular with the Unions, expanding trade opportunities was an important goal of the Administration," even at the expense of thousands of American jobs. On multiple occasions, she's given speeches praising both the trade deal and its primary architects, putting it on par with other "successes" of the Clinton White House, like the Brady Bill. To this day, her closest and most visible adviser, Bill Clinton, continues to defend NAFTA and the effect it has had on the American economy. The San Francisco Chronicle said Clinton's stance on NAFTA was "clearly a flip-flop." You have to ask yourself, would Hillary Clinton honestly work to undo one of the most "important victories," as she herself called it, of her husband's White House?

Then consider the fact that Mark Penn, Clinton's chief strategist until a few weeks ago, when he was demoted to "top adviser," attended meetings in South America with the express goal of expanding free trade to some of the nations there.

And look at the state most recently in question: Indiana is one of the most important manufacturing states in the entire country. The Calumet region in northwestern Indiana is the single largest producer of steel in the United States. The Hoosier State also produces an incredible amount of transportation equipment, and is a mainstay of the American mining and pharmaceutical industries. It is these manufacturing jobs that suffer most under trade agreements that put American workers at a serious disadvantage to those in foreign countries. And because history is the best indicator of what's to come, it's safe to say that there is a strong likelihood that Hillary Clinton will espouse policies that sell the Indiana worker short, along with all the other laborers across the country.

Contrast that against Obama, who supports fair trade, rejects free trade and the burden it places on the American job market, and calls for an immediate restructuring of the plan in place.

[From Eyes On Obama]