The “smoking gun” memo from Canada shows Goolsbee saying in private what Obama has been saying in public: renegotiate NAFTA to strengthen labor and environmental protection rules.

The AP nails it. The Clinton campaign is all over it.

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.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com

One thought on “Duplicity”

  1. The truth on the NAFTA non-story

    Mark at the Reality-Based Community hits the nail on the head. The Billary campaign isn't good at optimism, but they sure know how to sling non-existent mud and make it stick.

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