August 20, 2008
Trade: Never thought we'd say this, but Jimmy Carter finally got something very right. From Plains on Sunday, he urged Congress to pass the free-trade pact with
It was good to see President Carter assuring Colombian President Alvaro Uribe that he'd "prudently but effectively" try and persuade Congress to end its moratorium on free trade with
Along with offshore drilling,
Although the Carter Center called the Uribe meeting a private visit and said Carter made no public statement, Carter's stance echoes one of the few bright spots of his failed 1976-1980 presidency — his willingness to confront protectionists and help local markets.
In 1977, he fought off shoe tariffs and lashed out at special interests. He's since been a booster for
But it's still worth noting because he's going against the trend.
Big Labor's cash controls the Democrat-led Congress, leaving many Democrats cowed on free trade. So, there's probably little political gain for Carter to support free trade.
It also may be a sign the Democratic Party is softening on free trade, too. Much, after all, has changed since Pelosi's roadblock.
• In July,
• Colombian troops also captured a massive trove of intelligence from a terrorist leader's computer last March, and shared the bounty with us. Its friendship isn't in question.
Carter hasn't been right on many things, but he's on target on free trade for