Columbia Fair Trade Agreement~Pennsylvania deserves Full Disclosure from the Clintons: Wilfong

April 9, 2008

Barack Obama is on record as opposing the Columbia Fair Trade Agreement. He has been opposed to this agreement from the start. So, when he espouses this position, in Pennsylvania, it’s not for political expediency. It’s because that’s what he believes.

In his policy Paper for the Working man, Obama has a section:

Fight for Fair Trade: Obama’s trade policy will open up foreign markets to support good American jobs and negotiate trade agreements that benefit Americans workers and spread strong and enforceable labor and environmental standards around the world. In particular, Obama will work with the leaders of Mexico and Canada to amend NAFTA.

Obama will take trade enforcement seriously by making enforcement the top priority of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Office and increasing resources for USTR to carry out its responsibility to protect American interests. He will also pressure the World Trade Organization to enforce trade agreements and stop countries from continuing unfair government subsidies to foreign exporters and non-tariff barriers on U.S. exports. Obama will fight for stronger protections for U.S. intellectual property, and – in the case of China in particular – an end to an artificially devalued currency that puts U.S. companies at a perpetual disadvantage.


Candidate Clinton is “against” the Columbia Free Trade Agreement, or so she says. She “fired” her chief strategist, Mark Penn for secretly meeting with the Columbian government. All the while, it’s been disclosed, by the media, and confirmed by her campaign, that her husband, Bill Clinton has been supporting and speaking in favor of this very same agreement.

The Clintons campaign called it a “simple disagreement between a married couple”. Whether we will or won’t have grits this morning can be described as a “simple disagreement between a married couple”. We wonder if Bill Clinton shared that piece of information with the working class folk in Pennsylvania, when he was last there.

You know, we CPAs have this thing called “full disclosure”. It’s not enough to tell the truth, only if confronted with it. It’s incumbent upon the proposer, under full disclosure, to disclose all pertinent facts. We don’t believe the Clintons have practiced full disclosure to the working class voters of Pennsylvania.

Henry T. Wilfong Jr., MBA, CPA

President, National Association of Small Disadvantaged Businesses

  • Former Appointee of Governor and President Ronald Reagan
  • Member, Bush-Cheney Transition Team-Small Business Advisory Group
  • Co-Chair, Obama Unity Committee/Black Republicans for Obama

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