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Old 06-26-2009, 07:39 PM
 
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Congress is in recess this week but will have a full plate when it returns on June 1. One of the first things members must tackle is a proposed free-trade agreement with Panama. The agreement was negotiated by the Bush administration, but the Obama administration, along with business groups, are pushing hard for it. They are worried that if Congress does not take quick action, the deal could fall apart, because the current Panamanian president, Martin Torrijos, leaves office at the end of June, and it is likely that whoever succeeds him will be less-favorably disposed toward the pact. House liberals have urged Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to oppose the deal, but the criticism of labor unions, which have vehemently opposed other free-trade bills, has been surprisingly muted.

another blow to the american workers and another lousy "free trade" agreement.
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Old 06-26-2009, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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The labor unions got bought off with the opt-out and no taxation of private insurance in the UHC bill.
That is my opinion.
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Old 06-26-2009, 08:18 PM
 
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Didn't Jimmy Carter give away the Panama Canal? Why would the Dems care?
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Old 06-26-2009, 08:34 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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Could be more strategic. Once we left Panama China moved in. Lately China has been making noises about the need for a global reserve currency and has made deals for currency swaps with Venezuela and Iran. Now what if...China did the same with Panama ? Could be the next guy ruling Panama might favor dealing with China on a currency swap ?

Just my two cents here..can't see any other reason why it's so important for us to get that deal.
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