Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Columbia and Free Trade

There is a lot in the news lately about this issue. The President wants to sign a free trade agreement with Columbia. The Democrats are holding it up to curry favor with unions in an election year.

This will not harm our economy. There are more Tariffs on goods we ship them then on goods they ship us. It will benefit both countries economically. We will both get new markets (interesting by the way that NAFTA never caused a big sucking sound, we have not lost jobs to Mexico).

The more important reason for doing this is strategic. The best way to deal with our enemies in South America is to ignore them but reward our allies. Columbia is our ally and they are right next to Venezuela who is currently our enemy and is seeking to undermine the democratic government in Columbia. This agreement is imperative to our national security.

The Democrats need to stop playing politics with our security.

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