Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and a number of other senators just came back from
Another senator, Bob Menéndez, came back saying very reasonably that we need to stop paying too much attention to Hugo Chávez, which relates back to FTAs since they are cited as the way to magically defeat him.
Unfortunately, the “free trade helps out allies against Chávez” is becoming conventional wisdom, primarily as a result of being repeated constantly:
“There is a growing division in Latin America today,” said Senator Charles E. Grassley of
, the ranking Republican on the Finance Committee. “We ought to help countries like Iowa Peruthat are not going the direction of .” Venezuela
This line of thinking tends to equate a vote against free trade with a vote in favor of Hugo Chávez. We will all be much better off when the two are de-linked.