Barack Obama has been telling the voters of Ohio that, if elected, he would try to renegotiate NAFTA to strengthen labor and environmental protection rules.
I think we should use the hammer of a potential opt-out as leverage to ensure that we actually get labor and environmental standards that are enforced.
Secretly, though, one of his economic advisers told Canadian officials that, Obama merely wanted to renegotiate NAFTA to strengthen labor and environmental protection rules.
On NAFTA, Goolsbee suggested that Obama is less about fundamentally changing the agreement and more in favour of strengthening/clarifying language on labour mobility and environment and trying to establish these as more “core” principles of the agreement.
I’m shocked. How sneaky is it to say the same thing in private you said in public? We’re entitled to expect more duplicity from our office-seekers.