Their election put the Democratic party in charge of Congress. So what is one of the first things that the newly ensconced old guard of the party did? They agreed to try hanging yet another NAFTA around our necks! Working with speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Ways and Means Chairman Charlie Rangel recently pushed a business-as-usual trade pact with Peru through his committee.
Oh, sure, they dressed this one up with some new baubles and bows, but, at its core, the Peruvian deal is the same old giveaway to corporate power. Here's one clue as to how bad a deal this is: The Bush White House and corporate interests lustily applauded Rangel's bill.
Why would Democratic leaders betray the members and voters who put them in power? Because the leadership is financially tied to the Wall Street and corporate honchos who profit from these trade scams.
An indication of just how shaky the leadership is on this key issue is that Rangel didn't even allow a public hearing on the Peru pact -- and he passed it by voice vote, so the public wouldn't be able to hold the betrayers accountable. The good news, however, is that rank-and-file House Democrats oppose this dirty deal and will fight it on the floor. For information on how to help them say "no," call Global Trade Watch at (202) 454-5106.