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quaoar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 02:18 PM
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How many threats and bribes did it take to pass CAFTA?

http://www.in-forum.com/articles/index.cfm?id=98874&sec...

Rep. Earl Pomeroy, D-N.D., said the Bush administration and Republican leaders strong-armed Republican House members into voting for CAFTA. He said they used highway funds and the threat of stripping chairmanships from Republican House members if they didn't support CAFTA.

"I've seen the Republican leadership break arms on close votes before, but nothing quite this ugly," Pomeroy said.
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Parche Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 02:20 PM
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1. cafta
What is so big about CAFTA that these thugs would go all out
to get it passed
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tritsofme Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 02:24 PM
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3. It would have been an embarrassing failure to Bush
And would have contributed to the argument that he is already a lame duck.
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Geek_Girl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 02:43 PM
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6. CAFTA is very important for Corporations
Cheap labor in central america is allowing corporate profits to soar. CAFTA pretty much defines what the Bush administration is all about.
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Beaver Tail Donating Member (903 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 02:22 PM
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2. 
Under coercion? :grr:
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unrepuke Donating Member (763 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 02:27 PM
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4. Did Bush flip us all off before or after passing CAFTA ?
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fooj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 02:39 PM
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5. A shitload of them, I'm sure.
Peace.
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wli Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 03:00 PM
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7. isn't there some kind of law against this?
Someone needs to file a complaint with the FBI about it ASAP.
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ArlingtonVaCentrist Donating Member (2 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 03:25 PM
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8. Politics as usual
This is nothing more than politics as usual. That being said, Federal Highway funds should not be held over a particular states' head for any reason. It's becoming more and more typical to see the threat of federal fund rescindment as a tool to bully the states into the complying with the federal government. That should stop.
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wli Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 03:27 PM
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9. okay, regulation needed
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