CANDIDATE IS ENTITLED TO HIS OWN VOTE … NOT HIS OWN FACTS
That’s terrible optics for a guy campaigning for the “Republican” presidential nomination … especially when the deal was rightfully pilloried by the vast majority of GOP candidates, including runaway frontrunner Donald Trump.
Embraced by Obama and status quo “Republican” leaders – Obama’s Pacific Rim trade deal is going to be a disaster for the U.S. economy (see HERE and HERE) and the South Carolina economy (see HERE and HERE). Sadly, that didn’t stop so-called “conservatives” like U.S. Senator Tim Scott, U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy and U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford from voting for it.
All in the name of (cough) “free trade.”
Anyway, Rubio is entitled to vote how he pleases … but he’s not entitled to make up facts in defense of his vote.
But that’s what he’s doing.
Rubio was recently asked by Truth in Media’s Evan Mulch about his support for crony capitalist trade deals.
“Wouldn’t it be in our best effort to repeal the North American Free Trade agreement (NAFTA), because NAFTA basically sent the manufacturing jobs to Mexico from the U.S.?” Mulch asked.
“No, we have a trade surplus with virtually every country in the world that we have free trade with,” he said.
According to a report released last February, NAFTA exploded America’s trade deficit by 580 percent, cost the country a million jobs, doubled immigration from Mexico, sapped middle class wages and perpetuated income inequality in our country.
Also, as we’ve exhaustively pointed out, it wasn’t free trade.
NAFTA did promote international competition – but only up to a certain point. It didn’t eliminate tariffs, it manipulated them for the benefit of specific corporations. It also extended government-granted monopolies via patent and copyright “reforms” (similar to the Hollywood handouts envisioned by Obamatrade). Additionally it created environmental and labor bureaucracies – and empowered them with the ability to levy sanctions and fines. All while shredding the rule of law related to disputes involving American corporations.
What do trade experts think of Rubio’s statements?
“The guy is either ignorant or he’s lying,” said Curtis Ellis, an authority on Obama’s proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). “This is a talking point put out by apologists for these free trade agreements.”
“He is repeating talking points given to him by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce,” Ellis added. “He is knowingly trying to mislead us.”
Expect Rubio to hear about his betrayal at next month’s “Republican” debate in Cleveland, Ohio …
U.S. Senators Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky (both of whom are also seeking the presidency) voted against Obamatrade, while Trump and numerous other GOP candidates have aggressively opposed it.
Maybe Rubio can trot out Obama or liberal U.S. Speaker John Boehner for moral support?
Political calculus aside, this was a terrible vote for the American economy … which is still struggling to fire on all cylinders. Rubio deserves whatever criticism he gets for it.