Cross Post from Iflizwerequeen
Find out if your elected official sold out the Majority yesterday!
If any member of Congress gave a damn not only about American workers, but all workers of the world, they would not have voted for any trade agreement yesterday (October 12, 2011) and Barack Obama should be ashamed of pushing the legacy of George Bush. These trade agreements will do nothing more than make the rich richer and the poor poorer.
These trade agreements are nothing more than more of the same: neoliberalism promoted by the rich. In Mexico in the first year of NAFTA the cost of living rose by 80%. Over 20,000 small and medium businesses failed and more than 1,000 state-owned enterprises were privatized in Mexico. As one scholar said, ‘Neoliberalism means the neo-colonization of Latin America.”
Sell-Out #1 Korea Trade Agreement
Another way to look at this vote is that our elected officials voted to approve sending 159,000 American jobs overseas and to raise the deficit $16 billion dollars. They all had this information before they cast their votes. They knew what they were doing and they didn’t give a damn. They did it because, as Wall Street investors, this trade agreement means more money in their pockets.
The Economic Policy Institute estimates that the agreement with Korea, which is expected to be the largest trade deal since NAFTA, will increase the US trade deficit by $16.7 billion and displace 159,000 US jobs within the first seven years after it takes effect.
Select the link above to see how your representative voted.
278 Yeas and 151 Nays
83 Yeas and 15 Nays – 2 Cowards
The 15 who stood up for the American Majority :
Blumenthal (D-CT), Brown (D-OH), Cardin (D-MD), Casey (D-PA), Hagan (D-NC), Harkin (D-A), Leahy (D-VT), Manchin (D-OR), Reed (D-RI), Reid (D-NV), Rockefeller (D-WV), Snowe (R-ME), Tester (D-MT) Whitehouse (D-RI)
Two cowards: Coburn (R-OK) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) did not vote.
Sell-Out #2 Colombian Trade Agreement
Those who voted for the Colombian Trade Agreement gave their stamp of approval to one of the worst abusers of human laborers in the world. In 2010 no less than 51 workers in Colombia were murdered by right-wing goon squads for trying to establish unions to protect workers from the abuse of the rich. This year so far 22 unionists have been murdered. But why should we be surprised. Eric Holder, the man that Barack Obama chose for his Attorney General got the executives of Chiquita off the hook for paying
good goon squads to murder unionists and this case even included [evidence of] a signed check by one of the Chiquita executives.
262 voted for it and 167 voted against it
4 abstained (among them Ron Paul)
As with the Senate, more voted against the Colombia trade agreement than voted against the Korean trade agreement. [Note: Wall Street interests stand to gain a lot more from the Korean agreement than the Colombian trade agreement.]
66 for the Colombia trade agreement -33 against
The legislators did not vote the same on all the agreements. For example, while only 15 senators were against the Korean Trade agreement–an agreement that is guaranteed to ship at least 159,000 American jobs overseas, 33 of them, almost one third voted against the Colombian agreement. Note also that Bernie Sanders voted on this one but not the Korea Trade Agreement and once again, Coburn is the coward not voting. In fact, neither Coburn nor Ron Paul voted on any of the trade agreements.
Another observation: Some like Leahy who voted against the Korean trade agreement voted for the Colombian Trade Agreement.
Those in the Senate who did the right thing and voted against the Colombian Trade Agreement
Sell-Out #3 Panama Trade Agreement
No wonder the plutocrats in the House and Senate approved this trade agreement for a country known, like the USA, for its abuse and mistreatment of its workers. Panama is also known as country where the rich of America can hide their money in offshore accounts. How convenient. Not only a place for outsourcing American jobs and increasing the wealth of Wall Street investors, but also providing a place for outsourcing tax money that should be going to the United States of America. One banana republic serves another.
77 sold the American Majority out, 22 supported us
(and once again Coburn didn’t vote.)
The 22 who supported the American Majority by voting against the Panama Trade Agreement in the Senate were:
ILWQ Summary and Conclusions
Both Houses seemed to like the Korean Trade Agreement the best–the one that we have the most hard core intelligence on that will ship at least 159,000 American jobs overseas and will raise the trade deficit by $16 billion dollars. Why? The answer is simple: There is more profit in this trade agreement for them as wealthy Wall Street Investors.
The Colombian Trade agreement ranked #2 in approvals with the Senate while the Panama Trade Agreement ranked #2 in approvals with the House.
The majority of both Houses are Wall Street Corporate shills who are lining their own pockets with their votes and Party does not make a damn bit of difference–unless you want to split hairs with meaningless differences. The point is folks: With a Republican majority in the House and a Democratic majority in the Senate, this 44% Wall Street millionaire body managed to pass no less than three devastating trade agreements yesterday.
FORGET ABOUT PARTY
RUN FOR CONGRESS AS A NON-MILLIONAIRE FROM THE MAJORITY IN 2012.
We can kick every single member out of the House of Representatives in 2012 and replace them with non-millionaire representatives from the majority.