Clinton/Obama Promises Offered On NAFTA: Fact? Or Fiction?

clown politiciansYou shouldn’t believe everything a politician tells you. As with attorneys and meteorologists, politicians are paid to be professional liars. When Bill Clinton was running for President in 1991, he promised to over-haul the credit system and make it a little more accurate and harder to invade from outsiders. He never lifted a finger. The entire credit card system is a disaster to this day and banks are still using it to make decisions on loaning money to their customers.

In last week’s debate between Clinton and Obama, the subject was brought up on their views about NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement. Both of the Senators agreed that NAFTA would be either renegotiated or at least “reviewed”. According to the original transcripts, Clinton said:

You know, I have been a critic of NAFTA from the very beginning. I didn’t have a public position on it, because I was part of the administration, but when I started running for the Senate, I have been a critic. I’ve said it was flawed. I said that it worked in some parts of our country, and I’ve seen the results in Texas. I was in Laredo in the last couple of days. It’s the largest inland port in America now. So clearly, some parts of our country have been benefited.

She continued on:

So what I have said is that we need to have a plan to fix NAFTA. I would immediately have a trade timeout, and I would take that time to try to fix NAFTA by making it clear that we’ll have core labor and environmental standards in the agreement.

Her final thoughts on NAFTA were…

So I would hope that, again, we can get to a debate about what the real issues are and where we stand because we do need to fix NAFTA. It is not working. It was, unfortunately, heavily disadvantaging many of our industries, particularly manufacturing.

Obama stepped into the conversation, first by disagreeing with Senator Clinton’s claim she’s “always been against” NAFTA, but did offer his thoughts on the subject:

I have to say, Tim, with respect to my position on this, when I ran for the United States Senate, the Chicago Tribune, which was adamantly pro-NAFTA, noted that, in their endorsement of me, they were endorsing me despite my strong opposition to NAFTA.

And that conversation that I had with the Farm Bureau, I was not ambivalent at all. What I said was that NAFTA and other trade deals can be beneficial to the United States because I believe every U.S. worker is as productive as any worker around the world, and we can compete with anybody. And we can’t shy away from globalization. We can’t draw a moat around us. But what I did say, in that same quote, if you look at it, was that the problem is we’ve been negotiating just looking at corporate profits and what’s good for multinationals, and we haven’t been looking at what’s good for communities here in Ohio, in my home state of Illinois, and across the country.

And as president, what I want to be is an advocate on behalf of workers. Look, you know, when I go to these plants, I meet people who are proud of their jobs. They are proud of the products that they’ve created. They have built brands and profits for their companies. And when they see jobs shipped overseas and suddenly they are left not just without a job, but without health care, without a pension, and are having to look for seven-buck-an-hour jobs at the local fast-food joint, that is devastating on them, but it’s also devastating on the community. That’s not the way that we’re going to prosper as we move forward.

Sounds like we’re all in agreement with how both of our Presidential Candidates feel about NAFTA?

KOAApparently, the camp counselors from both Clinton’s and Obama’s KOA have already been dialing up the Canadians and telling their Prime Minister that they were just “joking”. You know…”kidding”! …Just “joshing around”. Says the Canadian-based CTV.com:

Barack Obama has ratcheted up his attacks on NAFTA, but a senior member of his campaign team told a Canadian official not to take his criticisms seriously, CTV News has learned.

Both Obama and Hillary Clinton have been critical of the long-standing North American Free Trade Agreement over the course of the Democratic primaries, saying that the deal has cost U.S. workers’ jobs.

Within the last month, a top staff member for Obama’s campaign telephoned Michael Wilson, Canada’s ambassador to the United States, and warned him that Obama would speak out against NAFTA, according to Canadian sources.

The staff member reassured Wilson that the criticisms would only be campaign rhetoric, and should not be taken at face value.

But Tuesday night in Ohio, where NAFTA is blamed for massive job losses, Obama said he would tell Canada and Mexico “that we will opt out unless we renegotiate the core labor and environmental standards.”

Late Wednesday, a spokesperson for the Obama campaign said the staff member’s warning to Wilson sounded implausible, but did not deny that contact had been made.

The Clinton KOA has been peeing in the same swimming hole on the topic too:

“Senator Obama does not make promises he doesn’t intend to keep,” the spokesperson said.

Low-level sources also suggested the Clinton campaign may have given a similar warning to Ottawa, but a Clinton spokesperson flatly denied the claim.

During Tuesday’s debate, she said that as president she would opt out of NAFTA “unless we renegotiate it.”

On the subject of NAFTA; it appears that the only politician that wasn’t lying about the damages it would do to those of us in the United States was Ross Perot. Perot told all of us to “listen for the giant-sucking sound of jobs headed over the border to Mexico should NAFTA be ratified.”

updated3 The NAFTA story is a hoax. According to Political Radar,

During a debate in Ohio this week, where NAFTA is blamed for job losses, both Obama and Clinton said that as president, they would opt out of the trade deal unless it could be renegotiated.

When asked about the CTV report, Obama’s said today, “It wasn’t true.”

Today Bill Burton of the Obama campaign told ABC News no senior Obama campaign representative called the Canadian embassy. “The news reports on Obama’s position on NAFTA are inaccurate and in no way represent Senator Obama’s consistent position on trade,” Burton said separately in an email.

“When Senator Obama says that he will forcefully act to make NAFTA a better deal for American workers, he means it. Both Canada and Mexico should know that, as president, Barack Obama will do what it takes to create and protect American jobs and strengthen the American economy — that includes amending NAFTA to include labor and environmental standards. We are currently reaching out to the Canadian embassy to correct this inaccuracy.”

This afternoon the Canadian embassy in Washington, D.C., sent out a press release to deny the CTV report.

“The Canadian Embassy confirms that at no time has any member of a Presidential campaign called the Canadian Ambassador or any official at the Embassy to discuss NAFTA,” the statement read. “Last night the Canadian television network CTV, falsely reported that such calls had been made. That story is untrue. Neither before nor since the Ohio debate has any presidential campaign called Ambassador Wilson or the Embassy to raise NAFTA.”

The Canadian embassy is pro actively reaching out to the campaigns “all the time,” Norton said, to try to meet with aides who might form the foreign and economic policy teams of any future administration.

“We talk about the whole range of Canada-U.S. issues which we think it’s critically important that the presidential candidates be aware of including the number of jobs that depend in the United States on Canada-U.S. trade.”

The Canadian Embassy says there are more than seven million jobs in the U.S. that depend on trade with Canada.

“We discuss our view that NAFTA has been very good for all three participating countries and has made the continent more competitive in the face of China, India, Brazil,” Norton said.

Dammit. This is what happens when your read that trash Republican “Daily-Kos” wanna-be website. I read this story originally here and here. Redstate is now pushing out the conspiracy theory that the Canadian government doesn’t want to be seen as an agency involved with US politics. Redstate is pushing this YouTube from this link:

FruitFly 6On Blogs4McCain, a blog-site where Nursing Home patients learn how to use a computer mouse and “Monitor” can sometimes mean a “tee-vee” screen, they’re publishing something completely out of touch with the Obama/NAFTA story with this (piece of crap).

I knew I should have stayed in bed this morning. It’s what I get for reading Redstate without wearing my radiation suit and UV goggles on…

Carol Molnau Gets The Hatchet on Thursday: Large Crowds Expected for Excecution

HatchetFrom the Minneapolis Star-Trubune

DFLers may fire Molnau Thursday, Senate leaders say

Senate DFLers are planning to vote as early as tomorrow to reject Carol Molnau as the state Transportation Commissioner, according to Senate leaders.

Senate Minority Leader Dave Senjem, R-Rochester, said he was told by Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller that the vote would occur Thursday.

In an interview, Pogemiller, DFL-Minneapolis, wouldn’t say when the vote will take place, but he said the votes are there to deny her confirmation in the transportation commissioner post. He said discussions were continuing today on when to hold the vote and how to do it “in a dignified manner.”

While Pogemiller would not say when the vote would occur, Senjem said Pogemiller has been clear to him that the vote is scheduled for Thursday.

“I don’t think they are going to enter into the debate a lot. I think they are doing it on a day when the news is going to be dominated by the budget and so this issue will be somewhat secondary,” Senjem said. “We’re prepared here for tomorrow. You don’t have to plan real far ahead to do this.”

Senate DFLers caucused today on the issue, Senjem said he was told. The Senate would only need a simple majority to vote down Molnau’s confirmation and Pogemiller said today it was clear the votes were there to reject her.

Hrmm… It would seem that the DFL here in Minnesota stuffed their hands into bloomers and found – Lo and Behold! They found some cajones!

I’ll betcha Minn GOP Chair Lord Voldemort Ron Carey starts to cry. No! No! It’ll be Governor Timmeh who cries, Lord Voldemort will say:

“Kerfuffle, Kerfuffle,FruitFly 6 Kerfuffle, Kerfuffle, Kerfuffle!!”

crybabyI’ll bet Michael B. Brodkorb cries too. He’s a crybaby. He’ll blubber on for about it for a week or so. His titles will go from <H3> to <H1> and he’ll start bleeding from his eyes. Watch all of the GOP do this: “GASP! How rude!! These DFL’ers are such savages!!”

Summer Intern “Jobs” Available: Only GOP College Students Need to Apply

Larry Craig ad

WASHINGTON DC: Idaho Senator Larry Craig is currently seeking naked male summer interns for the summer term which runs from summer to fall. The deadline for the position ends on March 15th, however extensions will be offered if applicants are willing to meet the Senator in any designated restrooms for the asking. Preference is given to Idaho male applicants attending Idaho schools who are in their junior or senior years of college (including graduating seniors and football quarterbacks).

“Interns have the chance to be an essential part of a working congressional orgy office,” said Craig. “They participate in the legislative process as well as ensure that constituent services run smoothly. For those interested in politics, it is an incredible opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at how our government functions while serving the people of Idaho.”

Interns are paired with other hot staff members based on package size, body build, over all hotness and discretion experience and interests, in order to best utilize their sexual talents. They are also expected to fulfill the Senator’s sexual appetite some administrative duties such as answering phones, sorting email and greeting constituents.

Applications are more information about the internship program are available on Craig’s website at http://www.youporn.com or at any of Craig’s six regional offices in Coeur d’Alene, Lewiston, Boise, Twin Falls, Pocatello and Idaho Falls. It is recommended that applications be delivered personally to the regional offices for obvious reasons. Applications can be mailed, but delays are likely due to heightened security measures for Senate mail. Mailed applications should be directed to:

Office of Senator Larry Craig

Attn: Internship Program

United States Senate

Washington, DC 20510-1203

(202) 224-2752

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Hillary Clinton is a Muslim?!

Clintons and ArafatThere’s no freaking way I’ll go off voting for a stinkin’ Muslim woman for president. And yet, that’s what everybody’s saying! That she’s an Allah worshiping, sand-sucking She-Devil!! The whole family probably prays to the east every afternoon and they’re always hanging out in that Mecaca town in Saudi Arabia every year during Lent.

Someone sent this picture to me and it just made me cringe…

And there’s old Bill waiting for his 72 virgins for when he croaks. Ain’t like 72 virgins would be enough for him anyway. In his short lifetime he had a last 93 virgins just last month! And I’m wondering if Chelsea will be allowed to drive a car or will she have to walk behind her husband by three spaces!

Clintons Muslim

…Hillary’s probably washing her feet in one of those tax-payer funded “foot washing basins” right now while you’re reading this blog. It makes me sick to my stomach.

I don’t understand why the mainstream media gives her a free pass on this story! This news should be on the front page of every newspaper in America tomorrow! Let’s all face it: If she wins, she’ll hand our country on over to the Taliban and the next thing we know, we’ll all be forced to bow and worship their Buddha statute.

Idolators!! Stop the madness now!!

This is ridiculous and I’m telling you here and now: I’ll vote for that nice Christian man, Barack Obama before I’ll vote for those terrorists.

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Paper, or Plastic? Ann Coulter said: “Paper” and ran out of the store…

CoulterGotta love it!

February 20, 2008 — ANN Coulter suffered a serious embarrassment over the weekend when her credit card was declined in Palm Beach. According to our spy, the nutty arch-conservative was caught at 9:45 p.m. Saturday night in the 10 Items or Less line at the local Publix when her card was rejected. “She was embarrassed but didn’t make a scene,” our witness said. “She just paid with cash and ran out of there. But at least she’s eating.”

FruitFlySaw it on Keith Olbermann. So it’s probably a complete fabrication.

Hey Ann! What’s in your wallet?!

McCain’s AZ Co-Chair Rick Renzi Indicted: This time, It Wasn’t For Toilet Sex

McCain TalosianThe Huffington Post has reported less than an hour ago, Arizona Congress- man Rick Renzi has been indicted for extortion, money laundering, wire fraud among others. Congressman Renzi (R-AZ) also serves as the Arizona co-chair for John McCain’s campaign for President of the United States.

Rick RenziSays the Huffington Post:

The charges boil down to this, basically. Renzi is charged with doing everything he can as a congressman to strong-arm others into buying land from his buddy James Sandlin — Sandlin then allegedly kicked back sizable chunks of cash back to Renzi in a series of complicated financial transactions (thus the money laundering charge). The main details of these charges were reported by the Arizona papers and The Wall Street Journal last year.

The entire indictment can be read here.

Renzi stepped down from his position on the House Intelligence Committee on April 20th in 2007 after his business and house was raided by the FBI and several documents were removed. Said the Congressman when he had heard about the raid:

“Today, the FBI came to my family’s business to obtain documents related to their investigation,” Renzi said. “I view these actions as the first step in bringing out the truth. Until this matter is resolved, I will take a leave of absence from the House Intelligence Committee. I intend to fully cooperate with this investigation.”

Senator McCain, apathetically decided Congressman Renzi was still the best crook man to chair his presidential campaign anyway and made him a co-chair in his home state of Arizona.

This news comes on the heels of just two days ago when it was implied by the New York Times that Senator McCain had an unsually, and perhaps a sexual relationship, with the powerful telecom lobbyist, Vicki Iseman.

A female lobbyist had been turning up with him at fund-raisers, visiting his offices and accompanying him on a client’s corporate jet. Convinced the relationship had become romantic, some of his top advisers intervened to protect the candidate from himself — instructing staff members to block the woman’s access, privately warning her away and repeatedly confronting him, several people involved in the campaign said on the condition of anonymity.

Senator McCain denied the charges and his staff whined about “the liberal press”.

bob allenIn July of 2007, Senator McCain’s Florida campaign co-chair, state representative Bob Allen (R-FL), was arrested for solicitation of sex in a men’s public restroom in Titusville, FL where he was offering $20.00 for the opportunity to perform the sex act.

Allen was considered to be acting suspicious by police as he entered and exited the men’s room three times, according to a Titusville Police report. Moments later, he approached the plainclothes officer and offered to perform oral sex for $20, police said.

GAy RestroomBob Allen, a long time champion of Anti-Gay Rights in Florida plead not guilty, paid the $500 bail and then said to the press:

“I am filing a not guilty plea. I am vigorously going to fight this,” he said. “I am not resigning my office, because the people elected me [and] want me to do a good job and I am going to do a good job for them in finishing this term. ..

Representative Allen’s arrested record can be found by clicking here.

Allen’s rational, when he was arrested, stated that he made the offer because:

In describing an incident where he was arrested for soliciting prostitution, the representative commented that he was afraid a “stocky black man” was going to rob him.

Meaning of course; “If you’re in the public toilet and a “stocky black man” comes in, you should offer to perform oral sex on him and give him a twenty-dollar bill as a bribe in exchange for your life, or at a minimum – your wallet.” Lest we all forget, this man proudly promoted anti-gay legislation and championed the idea that GLBT citizens lacked good “American family values”. Representative Allen later apologized rather stupidly to the Florida NAACP by saying:

“Are you ducking into a class warfare, race warfare scenario? Are you trying to pit the two together? If that sensitivity has been crossed that’s defiantly something I’d apologize for,” Allen said.

During the trial, the jury was taken to the Titusville park where he was arrested and were given a tour of the mens room before they found him guilty. Which is interesting, because he didn’t offer any of the jury members twenty dollars to suck their members during the tour.

McKeeThis breaking news about Rick Renzi comes only a week after it was revealed that state delegate Robert A. McKee (R-MD) had his Hagarstown home searched by the FBI where they found child pornography. No word has come in on whether or not McKee had anything to do with John McCain’s presidential campaign in Maryland.FruitFly 6 But of course, I never even bothered to try to find out. It’s an easy assumption that he did.

They love him even when he blows his nose…

hankyColor me queer, but I got a giggle out of stories like this one:

DALLAS – It’s probably safe to say that you have arrived as a politician when your audience applauds when you blow your nose.

Yes, just a day before a debate in Texas, Sen. Barack Obama has a head cold.

And about a half-hour into a speech here, the Illinois Democrat announced that he had to take a quick break. “Gotta blow my nose here for a second,” Obama said.

Out came a Kleenex (or perhaps it was a hankie), and he wiped his nose.

The near-capacity audience at the Reunion Arena, which his campaign said totaled 17,000, broke out in a slightly awkward applause.

Despite the cold, Obama’s voice seems as strong as ever. He has a light schedule today and some time to rest up before his debate Thursday evening with Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York.

Fark titled the piece [AMUSING}:

Barack Obama pauses during campaign speech to blow his nose. Audience breaks out in applause. Now THAT’S impressive.

…And the first person to leave a COMMENT in the Fark piece drops of a link to this…

I got such a chuckle all day. This woman I know at the Puppy Park where I take the dog for his exercise is a Republican. She calls me to see if I’m going to take Otis to the park. When I answer the phone she says:

“What in the hell is with your guy Barack… That when he has to blow his nose – everybody applauds.”

I laughed and said: “What’s wrong with that? If there was a Republican that was seen as a rock star, you’d love it!”

She said; “I think it’s scary.”

I quickly said: “No. What’s scary is that creepy old man you guys have and finding how that crotchety old goat had an affair with a freaking lobbyist!!”

She’s laughing hysterically and I continued: “What’s really scary, is trying to figure out what he banged her with!! What did he use? His walker? A pair of crutches? Did he bang her with his IV tree?!”

She couldn’t stop laughing…So I told her I’d see her tomorrow at the Doggy Park.

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