David Sirota does yeoman's work, trying to unravel the SECRETIVE "Free Trade Pact" being written by industry lobbyists, and pushed by the Bush administration, Republican Party, and DLC (corporate) Democrats - who have apparently won the support of the House Leadership in trying to ram this union-busting, enviro-gutting, consumer trashing deal past a somnlent public and cravenly complicit press/media.
Here is the lying money-quote from the New York Times' furious pushing of the "Free Trade Pact" in Steven R. Weisman's NY Times article:
<< Democrats said the accord would be a major victory in their campaign to ensure that trade deals provided for the rights of workers to organize and that trading partner countries banned child labor and slave labor. >>
As Sirota points out - THE PACT DOES NOTHING OF THE KIND!
Which is why it is OPPOSED by unions, environmental groups, consumer protection groups, and other PUBLIC INTEREST GROUPS across the country.
It is long past time that the Democratic leadership divorce itself from the sellout "CONVENTIONAL WISDOM" of the DC & NY punditocracy class - which is to say the professional liars whose job it is is to put a polished spin on Karl Rove and Rush Limbaugh's talking points.