Tin Shop Tartan - Randolph County Alabama's Own Snarky and Surly Scot Gets All Native

Blogging from the suburbs of the Tin Shop community, Captain Plaid brings Progressivism, and a share of Quixotic angst, to the ridges and hollows of Randolph County, Alabama. Hardly a booster yet rooted here enough to fight, Plaidsters can perhaps find like cause in trying to build local solutions to global concerns. Education, environment, economy, entertainment, engagement ... Trust the Tartan!

Sunday, August 06, 2006

David Sirota - CAFTA's Impact on Millen Georgia

David Sirota gives us "CAFTA Bait-and-Switch Destroys Georgia Community" at HuffPo. Millen, just south of Augusta, is losing their Jockey International plant and the 200 plus jobs that it provided this small community. This is of course after Jockey lobbied for the passage of CAFTA assuring locals that CAFTA's passage would preserve these local jobs!

Mr. Sirota writes the following:

... Washington politicians, operatives and lobyists want to pretend that trade is not a political issue - but it is increasingly taking center stage in many "red" districts and states.

Why is that the case? Because more and more Americans are realizing that the happy talk from the "free" traders of both parties is just that: talk. It's the "bait" we always hear everytime Big Money's newest sellout trade policy comes down the pike. And we are expected to forget the ensuing "switch" after the deal passes - the "switch" that leaves more and more of our communities for dead.

David's Hostile Takeover is one that I've been tackling slowly as it is full of gems. Seeing how CAFTA and Corporatist policies affect small communities like ours is critical in bringing some balance to our current government. There's nothing wrong with fair trade but NAFTA and CAFTA aren't making the grade. Peace ... or War!