Tuesday, February 22, 2005

CAFTA -- The Bush Administration Position

My postings here have generally been in opposition to the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) as representing the elevation of business interests over the interests of the populations of the Central American countries. It is important, however, that persons who oppose CAFTA, take a serious look at the arguments being made by its proponents so that the arguments for and against can directly address each other. (I may be a little optimistic in assuming that political debate ever functions this way).

Perhaps the best source for learning the arguments which the Bush administration will make to push the treaty through Congress in the next few months is the United States Trade Representative's CAFTA-DR Briefing Book. All of the major arguments over the treaty are addressed here from the viewpoint of the pro-CAFTA supporters.

For opposing viewpoints try some of my earlier postings here, and here, and here.

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