Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Obama: wishy or washy?

Mitch McConnell has an op-ed in the Washington Post wondering why President Obama is not sending the Colombia, Panama and South Korea free trade agreements to Congress.  Even setting aside the article's bluster, Obama has a major problem with the FTAs that mirrors immigration policy.  In both cases, he professes a policy preference, and then appears to work against it, which then annoys supporters and opponents alike.  For immigration, he says he wants reform, but then aggressively pursues an enforcement-only strategy.  For the FTAs, he says he is for them and imposes some conditions, then once the conditions are met he does nothing.  Opponents of the FTAs are then mad that he expresses support in the first place, while supporters are mad that he does not follow through.


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