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Freddie Stubbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-09-09 12:32 PM
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Obama quells push to ‘Buy American’
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Douglas Turner

Updated: 02/09/09 6:27 AM

WASHINGTON — After throwing hints in Rust Belt primaries a year ago that he would take a tough stand on free trade agreements, President Obama has become a sophisticated man of the world.

Obama’s hand-wringing last week over “Buy American” demands in what he and the Democrats call a stimulus bill ought to leave working men and women wondering if they will ever again see a Democratic president who really cares about them.

Powerful globalist interests — not steelworkers, autoworkers or machinists — were behind Obama’s warnings that the Senate should not pass Buy American provisions that violated existing trade agreements. The Senate quickly complied, softening the bill by voice vote.

Since the 1960s, it has become the habit of free-trade Democrats to throw bones to working people like “retraining,” “trade adjustment” pay and unemployment insurance after Congress opened the nation’s gates to subsidized imports from Asia.

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