Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Fine Print

"Free" trade deals passed. I'm hearing the same sales pitch as NAFTA, and that didn't quite go as planned, did it, so no cheers from this peanut gallery. Forgive my deep skepticism. Hey, if it works out THIS time, great. But I'm not holding my breath.

There was no stopping this one, not with the UAW and enough Democrats applauding. So be it. But let it be known that way down in the fine print, the Republican House still found a way to extract a measure of pain from the vulnerable on this deal:

The House also voted last night to renew aid for workers hurt by foreign competition and tariff preferences for developing nations. The bill extends benefits, including those for service workers that expired in February, through 2013 while cutting the weeks of extended unemployment insurance that participants can receive to 130 from 156, and reducing the health-care tax credit for people enrolled in the program

It's like they live to hurt American citizens or something. The party of sadists. And they don't even try to hide it anymore.