380 GT COFTA Politics Updates

380 GT COFTA Politics Updates - GT Ciborowski 1 COFTA...

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GT 1 Ciborowski COFTA Politics Index Index ......................................................................................................................................................................... 1 COFTA 1NC ............................................................................................................................................................. 2 Russia Impact Scenario ............................................................................................................................................. 4
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GT 2 Ciborowski COFTA Politics COFTA 1NC Columbian Free Trade will pass now but Bush’s political capital is key Wall Street Journal 2008 (3/10/08, “The Chavez Democrats”, Wall street editorial) [Ciborowski] Mr. Rangel is right about the politics . No matter what U.S. strategic interests may be in Colombia, this is an election year in America. And Democrats don’t want to upset their union and anti-trade allies. The problem is that the time available to pass anything this year is growing short. The closer the election gets, the more leverage protectionists have to run out the clock on the Bush Presidency. The deal has the support of a bipartisan majority in the Senate, and probably also in the House. Sooner or later the White House will have to force the issue . Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are both competing for union support. Insert Plan kills Pol Cap Colombia FTA is key to American ability to promote democracy everywhere Burns 2004 (Nicholas Burns, Under Secretary for Political Affairs, 10/23//07, "Promoting Peace and Prosperity in Colombia" http://www.tradeagreements.gov/TradeAgreementNews/Speeches/PROD01_004389.html ) I have spoken about the direct economic benefits that would flow both to Colombia and the United States under the Free Trade Agreement. However , this agreement is about more than dollars or pesos, it is about achieving the vision I spoke of earlier of a more secure, prosperous and just hemisphere. J ust as Colombia appears poised to put decades of conflict behind it, the fate of the FTA stands as a vote of confidence in Colombia's future . Our entry into this long-term partnership with Colombia will reinforce Colombia's commitment to pro-market policies. It will bolster the country's democratic institutions by ensuring transparency and respect for workers rights, promoting strong labor and environmental standards , and giving us an important mechanism to monitor compliance so we can work with Colombia to ensure continued progress in these important areas. Most importantly, approving the Free Trade Agreement demonstrates America's enduring commitment to Latin America. On the other hand, rejecting this agreement -- just as Colombia shows signs of emerging from its nightmare past -- would undercut its successes and send precisely the wrong signal to the region. Turning our back on our most loyal ally on the continent would cause countries around the world to question our commitment to the region, and our willingness to go the distance with our friends. The FTA's defeat would be a huge victory for those
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