House leaders blocked the House from even voting on a trade deal between the U.S. and Colombia that would have cut America’s trade deficit and created jobs by increasing exports to Colombia by more than it would have increased imports from Colombia. So reports Robert J. Samuelson in the Washington Post. The result, he notes, is lost jobs in American manufacturing, such as at Whirlpool “plants in Ohio, Arkansas, and Iowa” that export “refrigerators, washer-dryers and dishwashers to Colombia.” The trade agreement would have eliminated more Colombian trade barriers to American exports than American trade barriers to Colombian imports, increasing employment in the U.S. by even more than employment in Colombia. House leaders have made false claims and relied on shifting pretexts to oppose the jobs-creating trade deal.
While blocking a trade agreement with Colombia’s democratically-elected, pro-American government, House leaders were supporting special tax breaks for an oil company controlled by Venezuela’s anti-American, anti-Semitic dictator, Hugo Chavez, who has hired liberal former Congressman Joe Kennedy to shill for him.