Obama's Dishonest Free-Trade Demogoguery
1:00 PM, Sep 6, 2011 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
For a while now, Obama's been mentioning in speeches that there are free-trade agreements that need to be ratified as away to create jobs and spur growth... while blaming Republicans for the hold up. Today, Mitch McConnell blasts Obama in the Washington Post for his blatant dishonesty on the issue:
Hmm. So it seems that the hold up is really unions, who -- coincidentally, I'm sure -- Obama and the Democratic party's largest source of campaign cash, and just happen to be ardently opposed to free trade.
Not that this is in anyway surprising. What is surprising is the amount of hubris that the White House posesses here. Why would they attempt to beat Republicans over the head with an issue that is quite transparently their fault? I'm sure Mitch McConnell's op-ed has someone in the White House speechwriting shop doing some hasty revision ahead of Thursday's speech, but I'm confident that many other disingenuous blame-the-GOP talking points will somehow make the final address.