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Blumenauer is lying again--lone vet report

Smoke and Mirrors
Blumenauer Is A Liar!


Many of you probably received a letter from Blumenauer pounding his chest about how wonderful the Peru trade deal is and how everyone involved will prosper. Here is the letter, you need to read this to understand what is called lying by omission:

Dear Friend,

For years, I have been fighting against the Bush trade policy and for trade that is better for working families, the environment and poor people at home and abroad.
After 2006, Congress said no more trade deals unless they met long-standing Democratic demands for workers rights and the environment. After months of difficult negotiations, the administration agreed to every Democratic demand.

This week, Congress passed a trade agreement that for the first time contains fully enforceable labor and environmental standards. In my new position on the House Ways and Means Committee, I worked to include these landmark provisions because I am committed to advancing a new type of trade that addresses Oregon's concerns.
The U.S.-Peru Trade Agreement is not an extension of CAFTA, which I voted against. Instead, it is a groundbreaking agreement that helps workers in Oregon and Peru, protects the environment, and strengthens our economy:
LABOR

According to the AFL-CIO, "The Peru Free Trade Agreement marks an important step toward a trade model that will benefit working people in both countries."

We know that when done right, trade can be used to help lift working people out of poverty and strengthen local economies. For the first time ever, Congress has passed a landmark agreement that includes international labor standards that are 100% enforceable. The Peru Trade Agreement required that both the United States and Peru enforce core International Labor Organization standards that are indeed part of the Agreement. It also prohibits both countries from weakening their labor laws to attract trade or investment. In fact, Congressional Democrats insisted that Peru make significant changes to its labor laws to bring them in line with international labor standards before Congress would vote on the agreement.

As a member of the Ways and Means Committee - which is responsible for these agreements - I believe that the Peru Trade Agreement marks a new threshold for international labor standards that future trade deals will be expected to meet or exceed.
OREGON ECONOMY

With almost 400,000 Oregon jobs tied directly to international trade, trade is significant to our state and regional economy. While most of Peru's exports enter the U.S. duty-free, many American exports to Peru face tariffs as high as 30%. The agreement will help reduce our trade deficit by eliminating barriers to American exports. The International Trade Commission estimates that the Peru Trade Agreement will increase U.S. exports by $1.1 billion, grow U.S. GDP by $2.1 billion, and reduce the trade deficit by over $600 million.
ENVIRONMENT

Oregon was just ranked one of the nation's greenest states by Forbes Magazine. I am proud of our leadership to protect the environment but we can do more to promote environmental protection throughout the world. Many environmental organizations agree that the Peru Trade Agreement gives us new tools to protect global natural resources.

According to a collection of environmental organizations, among them the Center for International Environmental Law, Defenders of Wildlife, EarthJustice, Environmental Investigation Agency, Friends of the Earth, Natural Resources Defense Council, and Sierra Club, "the environmental provisions included in the final text of the Peru Trade Agreement mark a significant step forward, and we commend the Democratic leadership for this achievement."
I worked very hard to make sure that fully enforceable environmental requirements were included in the Peru Trade Agreement. Like the labor standards, these environmental provisions are not recommendations; they are stringent laws that must be enforced and they are already beginning to have an impact. Click here to read more about how some of the Amazon has been saved from oil and gas exploration because of the Peru Trade Agreement.
PERUVIAN FARMERS

I am deeply concerned about the impact of America's subsidies on poor farmers, which is why I have been working to reform farm policy and the Farm Bill here at home. The Peru Trade Agreement has built-in provisions that protect Peruvian farmers with a 17-year phase-in as the nation opens its agricultural markets. We need to get our own house in order. When the House debated the 2007 Farm Bill, I lead the fight to reform our agricultural subsidy system in order to ensure more honest and fair trade, protect family farmers at home and abroad, and increase investments in critical nutrition, conservation, and rural development programs. With more attention turning to U.S. farm policy with regards to trade, energy and the environment, I will continue to focus on reforming our country's farm subsidy programs.

The U.S.-Peru Trade Agreement sets a new higher standard for all future trade negotiations, and provides a benefit to Oregon's economy. This new Congress is not passing trade deals in the style of the Bush administration. Instead, we are moving in a new direction, achieving long-standing demands on labor and environmental standards, and setting the stage for more far-reaching victories in all future trade agreements.
Click here to read more about the Peru Trade Agreement.

Sincerely,



Earl Blumenauer
Member of Congress

The Real Story:

AMERICAN FEDERATION OF LABOR AND CONGRESS OF INDUSTRIAL ORGANIZATIONS
~
JOHN J. SWEENEY
PRESIDENT
815 SIXTEENTH STREET, N.W.
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20006
RICHARD L. TRUMKA
SECRETARY-TREASURER
LINDA CHAVEZ-THOMPSON
EXECUTIVE VICE-PRESIDENT
(202) 637-5090
October 1, 2007
Dear Representative:

The AFL-CIO welcomes the progress made by the House and Senate Democratic
leadership in negotiating improvements to key sections of the U.S.-Peru Free Trade Agreement
(Peru FTA). Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel and Trade Subcommittee Chairman
Sander Levin have negotiated new provisions that represent real progress in the crucial areas of
workers' rights and the environment, which the AFL-CIO has fought to achieve for many years.
How we deal with labor rights and the environment have been central to the debate over
globalization and its impact on working families, both here in the United States and around the
world. We hope these new labor provisions will provide a starting point for future efforts to
strengthen and effectively enforce protections for workers in the global economy. The new
provisions will not solve all the problems workers face, but they will provide another important
and useful tool to pressure governments and corporations to respect workers' fundamental human
rights.

But beyond the labor and environment provisions of the Peru FT A, several issues of
concern to working families, particularly with respect to investment, procurement and services,
were not adequately addressed. These provisions have important ramifications for our
members' jobs and communities, and as a result the AFL-CIO is not in a position to support the
Peru FT A.

We believe that investor-to-state dispute resolution provisions should not be included in
FT As, and that definitions of expropriation and investment must not be overly broad.
Furthermore, FTA procurement rules should not prohibit government contracts from requiring
that domestic workers provide services or produce goods. We have also called for a broad and
explicit carve-out in trade agreements to preserve the ability of federal, state, and local
governments to regulate services for the public benefit.
Finally, the agricultural provisions of the Peru FT A will likely impose economic
hardship on some of the sizeable rural- and poor -population of Peru. The u.s. must find
Better ways to negotiate agricultural provisions in trade agreement with developing nations.
While the "New Trade Policy" reforms announced by Chairman Rangel on May 101h
represent progress in comparison to previously negotiated FT As, they are by no means a
1 See, e.g., US-Peru Free Trade Agreement Labor Advisory Committee Report (Feb. 1,2006), available at
www.ustr.gov/assets/Trade_Agreements/Bilateral/PTePrA u/-R eports/asset_upload_fi7le74_ 8979p. df.
complete fix appropriate for any country or any situation. Intractable and egregious human rights
violations in Colombia and unbalanced market access issues in South Korea put FT As with these
two countries in a completely separate -and significantly more problematic -category. The
AFL-CIO vigorously opposes the FT As with Colombia and Korea.
The challenges facing American workers today are enormous, and the reforms needed in
Current trade and domestic policy go beyond what can be addressed in bilateral trade agreements.
Eroding wages, growing inequality, a crisis in both health care and retirement security, and
constant attacks on the rights of workers to organize all contribute to deep economic insecurity
for America's working families, and flawed trade policies have only exacerbated these problems.
As amended, the Peru FT A marks an important step toward a trade model that will
benefit working people in both countries. Congress will need to provide strong and consistent
pressure on the executive branch to ensure that these newly negotiated provisions are effectively
implemented and enforced, since these provisions cannot serve their objective if the executive
branch does not enforce them. Funding to help build the capacity of workers to exercise their
labor rights, and thereby improve their working conditions, is also vitally important.
We applaud the considerable efforts that brought about these changes. However, these
reforms represent only one aspect of what is wrong with U.S. trade policy. Further work is
required to improve the template for future trade agreements, and to ensure that current trade
agreements are energetically and consistently enforced. We will continue to fight to strengthen
and repair these provisions in any future trade agreements.
Furthermore, in order to build a prosperous economy and workforce, we must work
Together to address the domestic and international policies that are putting U.S. workers,
Businesses and farmers at risk. Legislation that meaningfully addresses currency manipulation,
Strengthens our trade laws, eliminates tax incentives for off-shoring, and protects consumers
from tainted imports must be acted upon expeditiously. We look forward to working with our
allies in Congress to address these challenges.
William Samuel, Director
DEPARTMENT OF LEGISLATION
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In this letter you will see that the AFL-CIO does not support the Peru trade deal, I know it is hard to read but the important words are these:


"But beyond the labor and environment provisions of the Peru FT A, several issues of
concern to working families, particularly with respect to investment, procurement and services,
were not adequately addressed. These provisions have important ramifications for our
members' jobs and communities, and as a result the AFL-CIO is not in a position to support the
Peru FT"

Gee, I wonder why Earl did not mention that the AFL-CIO did not support this trade deal but uses their words to imply that they did?.

A few years ago there was a split in the AFL-CIO the new group is called; The Change to Win coalition


The Change to Win coalition, which includes the Service Employees International Union, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America announced its opposition to the Peru FTA in letters sent Tuesday to every member of Congress and the Senate.

 link to thehill.com


Well Earl so much for labor support! You lied to us, stop doing that!



Edwards puts Peru FTA in play
Written by Stumo
Monday, 29 October 2007

John Edwards came out against the Peru Free Trade Agreement, and does it with good analysis

 http://www.tradereform.org/content/view/435/48/



As for the environmental groups the Earl-man mentioned:



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT:
Virginia Cramer 202-675-6279

May 14 , 2007


Statement by Defenders of Wildlife, Earthjustice, Friends of the Earth, Sierra Club regarding Trade and Environment Deal
It is time for a fundamentally new direction for our trade policy. We commend the Democratic leadership for achieving important environmental progress in the Peru and Panama Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), particularly by requiring enforcement of certain environmental treaties and by addressing trade in illegally-logged timber, especially mahogany. The timber-related provisions can be particularly important for Peru's Amazon region, one of the most biologically diverse areas on the planet and home to thousands of endangered and threatened species.

While we are encouraged by the progress made on environmental concerns, we will evaluate the entire text of the Peru and Panama FTAs once the agreements are finalized in negotiations to assess their implications for environmental protection. We also strongly believe that environmental protections and protections for worker rights and human rights must go hand-in-hand.

Indeed, this is just the start of a process to ensure that trade agreements support, rather than undermine, environmental protection. Although last week's agreement reflects progress on environmental issues in the Peru and Panama FTAs, it is not a sufficient template for trade agreements generally or for presidential trade negotiating authority. FTAs will still provide foreign corporations the right to directly attack public health and environmental measures, and will not fully protect environmental laws from other trade challenges.

There is much work to be done to achieve the reforms of both substance and process necessary to make U.S. trade policy consistent with sustainable development and environmental protection. We will therefore vigorously oppose any efforts to extend or renew the current model of negotiating authority.
President Bush has established the worst environmental record in modern history, particularly on matters of worldwide concern such as global warming. In light of the administration's six years of inaction on and disregard for pressing environmental concerns, we will examine closely whether it is sincere in moving forward on trade and environmental protection.
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The farmers in Peru will get screwed, our farmers will get screwed, and the middle man once again will make lots of money and Earl will get a nice contribution----if this is a liberal democrat, let me become independent, for after 40 years of working for the dems---I am ashamed of being a liberal democrat!


Earl,

If you truly believe that the bush administration is going to enforce labor and environmental agreements between this nation and Peru----meet me on 39th and Hawthorne I want to sell you a few bridges in New York!


For Justice and Peace,

Joe Walsh---lone vet

PS. Come see us outside your office at high noon---Thurs----EVERY THURSDAY

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We need to get rid of him! 09.Nov.2007 23:01

troublemaker

We really need someone else in there. Anyone know anything about organizing a recall?