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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Trump was spiritual leader of union workers at anti-global free trade rally outside city hall in Philadelphia-Washington Post, 7/4/16

Trump isn't "anti-trade," he merely favors trade that isn't dominated by currency manipulation, intellectual property theft and the like. He's against hemispheric deals like pending TPP and TTIP which offer "nothing for Americans" except "constant downward pressure on American wages," guaranteed continued loss of American jobs due to currency manipulation, though an opportunity to observe that the US doesn't adequately enforce trade deals it has now. NAFTA hurt the US and forced Mexico's poorest to either starve or move to the US:

6/16/2003: "The same global corporate coalition that forced NAFTA through Congress later successfully lobbied for the United States to sponsor China's full entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO), paving the way for a huge increase in Chinese exports to the United States. In the last two years, an estimated 200,000 maquiladora jobs have left Mexico for China, where workers can be had for one-eighth the Mexican wage. In a deregulated world, there is always someone who will work for less."...   

This isn't a "left" or "right" issue. It's a human vs barbarism issue. Elites of both parties are extreme globalists so favor barbaric global "free trade" deals. At least one of the parties is superfluous.

7/4/16, "Trump’s anti-trade rhetoric rattles the campaign message of Clinton and unions," Washington Post, David Nakamura and David Weigel, Philadelphia

"Three dozen union workers gathered outside city hall here on Thursday to rally against the global free-trade deals they believe have harmed Americans like them. Their candidate was Katie McGinty, the Democrats’ nominee for Senate in Pennsylvania. But their spiritual leader was Republican Donald Trump. 

“He recognized there’s some problems we need to solve,” said McGinty, who is challenging Sen. Patrick J. Toomey (R), a free-trade advocate. One, we have to stop bad trade agreements.  And two, we have to take the Chinese on when they manipulate their currency and dump goods in our markets.” 

Just two days earlier, Trump had delivered a blistering speech at an aluminum recycling plant near Pittsburgh in which he called U.S. trade policies a ­“politician-made disaster” that has betrayed the working class. McGinty, surrounded by electricians, pipe fitters and steelworkers, declared that while Trump usually spouts “nonsense,” he had, in this case, “recognized a couple of truths.”

Of the many ways Trump, the GOP’s presumptive presidential nominee, has scrambled the 2016 campaign, it is his position on trade that has presented one of the most unexpected challenges for his rival, Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee. In an election season animated by economic anxiety, Trump, a New York business mogul, bucked Republican orthodoxy and powerful business interests such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in an appeal to blue-collar Republicans that helped propel him to victory in the GOP primaries.

Clinton, who scrambled to move left on trade during her tough primary fight against Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, now finds herself again facing attacks on the issue — this time from Trump. He used his Pittsburgh-area speech to disparage her association with a pair of major trade agreements — one negotiated by President Bill Clinton’s administration and the other by President Obama’s while she served as secretary of state.

For Hillary Clinton, the risk is not necessarily losing support directly to Trump but rather not inspiring enough enthusiasm among rank-and-file union workers, whose turnout and ground-level organizing have traditionally been crucial for Democrats. 

Clinton already has the endorsements of several of the nation’s largest labor organizations, including the AFL-CIO and the United Auto Workers, but faces the question of whether that organized support will be enough to hold the labor voting bloc together at a time when Trump has co-opted the traditional labor message about the perils of free trade and globalization

“Some of our members if not support [him] agree with some of Trump’s statements,” said Joe Jacoby, 54, of Pennsauken, N.J., who serves as a union representative with Boilermakers Local 13. 

“Because they feel like they’re being hit hardest. Because their jobs are going away. Because it’s hard to find a good-paying job,” Jacoby, who was at the McGinty rally, said he and the other union leaders support Clinton. McGinty also made clear she supports Clinton and emphasized that Trump does not have the right solutions to trade and jobs. But Jacoby acknowledged that Trump’s message is “going to have an impact.

“Trade agreements are a big part of what we’re arguing against, and he rings that bell,” he said. You’ve got to give the man credit. When he talks about trade, it resonates with a lot of workers.

Clinton’s potential weakness on trade is evident in her inability, so far, to consolidate some of the support that went to Sanders during the Democratic primary season."... 

[Ed. note: Hillary has no "weakness on trade" related to Sanders supporters. She's a strong supporter of global trade deals, though she began a mild flip flop in mid 2015 under pressure. Even with the flip flop she has said she won't try to advocate her apparent newfound position to members of congress on behalf of voters. If you view stopping TPP as a life and death issue, she won't be fighting for you. TPP could be decided in the lame duck at the end of this year. Insiders believe Hillary will advocate for Obama's position when the time comes. Global corporations are her people, Obama is really incidental.]

(continuing):"While Clinton dominated with endorsements from labor unions, plenty of locals went for Sanders. 

He walked picket lines in Milwaukee and New York and frequently was introduced by union leaders who warned that only one candidate for the presidency had opposed the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, inked by President Clinton in 1994

Unions have blamed that pact with Mexico and Canada for the elimination of hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs in the United States. 

Sanders supporters also appreciated that the senator strongly opposed the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12-nation Pacific Rim accord led by the Obama administration. Hillary Clinton touted the TPP as the “gold standard” of trade deals in 2012 while leading the State Department, but she renounced her support after launching her campaign last year.

At least two unions that endorsed Sanders, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America, said they are unlikely to make an endorsement for the general election. 

The problem is that Clinton has been a free-trader her whole life, so we’re not going to endorse her,” said Peter Knowlton, president of the electrical-workers union. “We will be running an anybody-but-Trump campaign. We have many members in swing states, and our major goal is for Trump not to get elected — not to make a pitch for Hillary.”

The Teamsters, with 1.4 million members, also have not made a formal choice between Clinton and Trump. Teamsters President James Hoffa said that he hoped the contrast between the two candidates will become clearer after they release their platforms at their respective national party nominating conventions this summer.

“While trade is an important issue for our union, we believe any presidential candidate needs to take a stand for our country’s working men and women by supporting critical issues like pension reform and the protection of labor rights,Hoffa said in a written statement to The Washington Post. 

Even for the big labor groups that have gotten behind Clinton, much of their initial efforts have focused less on touting her merits on trade and more on trying to undermine Trump’s appeals to the working class. The AFL-CIO has produced a pair of online ads denouncing Trump’s integrity and sincerity on trade, with video of the mogul acknowledging that his clothes were manufactured in Asia.

“I think he’s tapped into the legitimate anger and frustration that a lot of working-class people are feeling,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in an interview in his office overlooking the White House. But Trumka added: “Look at what he does, not what he says. He could have an effect on trade by bringing all the products he makes overseas back home and have Americans produce them. But he doesn’t do that.”"...

[Ed. note: Trumpka is on Bd. of Directors of a group that wrote an analysis of US-Korea trade deal: "Trade deals do more than cut tariffs, they promote foreign direct investment and a surge in outsourcing by U.S. and foreign multinational companies. Also says US Korea deal "was the template for TPP." TPP as described in the post sounds like a brutal, organized crime operation: "Many members of the proposed TTP trade and investment deal have long histories of currency manipulation, dumping, and other unfair trade practices that have dramatically increased U.S. trade deficits and job losses, and the agreement could sharply curtail the ability of the United States to challenge these practices. The TPP would significantly increase the threat that rapidly growing trade deficits and job losses in the United States would be locked in." This is nice to know, but a waste of time since Trumka ignores it and supports globalist Hillary who on July 10, 2012 said: "We are particularly focused on developing a global economic order"...]

(continuing): "Asked what he is doing to ensure the organization’s 12.5 million members will actively support Clinton and reject Trump, Trumka said: “You go out and talk to them. It’s face-to-face contact. It’s phone contact. It’s leafleting. It’s work-site visits.”

Labor unions that support Clinton suggested their backing is based more broadly on the policies she would implement than just her record on trade. 

Erikka Knuti, a spokeswoman for the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, said that Trump clearly “shuffled the deck” but that labor maintains a clear case against him — and for Clinton.

“Our endorsement is about what our voters want,” Knuti said, citing collective-bargaining rights and the National Labor Relations Board. “That is stuff that’s really solidly in Clinton’s wheelhouse and not at all in Trump’s wheelhouse. Hillary has 30 years of public-service baggage and Trump has 30 years of PR and celebrity behind him. But who’s going to be for collective bargaining? It’s pretty clearly Hillary is. Who’s better for paid family leave? Hillary is.”"


Comment: Trump has been outspoken in his support for social security and other entitlements from the beginning just as he has about opposing bad trade deals. It's incorrect to assume he wouldn't support family leave. If anything is in a globalist's "wheelhouse" it's other globalists. This isn't a boutique election. It's about one large issue, globalism first or America first. Everybody will be happy with America first. No one will be happy (except globalist profiteers) under globalism. If you pick Hillary you're a globalist. You want open borders, disease, chaos. You want hundreds of thousands of foreign refugees forced onto already impoverished towns and cities and school systems in the US, such as Buffalo, New York, without taxpayer consent. You want to transfer millions from violent Central American cultures to US towns and cities, overwhelming already stretched municipal services. 


Added: In Trump's 4/27/16 Foreign Policy Speech he references international trade, globalism, and American workers:

"On trade, on immigration, on foreign policy – the jobs, incomes and security of the American worker will always be my first priority.

No country has ever prospered that failed to put its own interests first. Both our friends and enemies put their countries above ours and we, while being fair to them, must do the same.

We will no longer surrender this country, or its people, to the false song of globalism

The nation-state remains the true foundation for happiness and harmony. I am skeptical of international unions that tie us up and bring America down, and will never enter America into any agreement that reduces our ability to control our own affairs.

NAFTA, as an example, has been a total disaster for the U.S. and has emptied our states of our manufacturing and our jobs. Never again. Only the reverse will happen. We will keep our jobs and bring in new ones. Their will be consequences for companies that leave the U.S. only to exploit it later.

Under a Trump Administration, no American citizen will ever again feel that their needs come second to the citizens of foreign countries. 

I will view the world through the clear lens of American interests.
I will be America’s greatest defender and most loyal champion. We will not apologize for becoming successful again, but will instead embrace the unique heritage that makes us who we are.

The world is most peaceful, and most prosperous, when America is strongest. 

America will continually play the role of peacemaker.

We will always help to save lives and, indeed, humanity itself. But to play that role, we must make America strong again.

We must make America respected again. And we must make America great again.

If we do that, perhaps this century can be the most peaceful and prosperous the world has ever known. Thank you."


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