A Quark of A Different Spin. (adameros) wrote,
A Quark of A Different Spin.

I saw a glimmer of hope in congress. I don't know how many of you have been following the CAFTA progress through congress, but many senators on both sides broke ranks on the vote. That is awesome!!! How partison everything is, it is great to see the parties mix things up and have people vote on their own, not on what their party dictates to them.

My feeling on CAFTA in general? Mixed. NAFTA was not the dooms day or panacea it was predicted to be. I do think, in the long term, free trade helps us all. In the short term it will hurt. The idea is some jobs do go south, but with the jobs going south, wages increase gradually in the areas the jobs go to. With their increased money, they buy our products, and money and job return here. Then as the wages in Central America grow to match ours, jobs equalize, trade will be strong, and everyone wins. But there are hazards. We lose jobs to cheaper markets in the short term. Also if the wages in those countries raise to quickly it can cause great strain and inbalance in the culture.

But anyway, I just wanted to hype that there are signs that senators actually do have minds of their own.

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