Clinton aide helps pass free trade deal Hillary opposes

“Hillary Clinton’s know-it-all chief strategist apologized Friday for a major blunder – advising Colombia how to win a free-trade deal that Clinton opposes,” according to the New York Daily News.

“Mark Penn, who wears hats as Clinton’s top pollster and adviser – and as the CEO of public relations giant Burson-Marsteller – met early this week with the foreign government to hash out how to get the deal through Congress.”

The irony of this story is that both Clinton and Barack Obama have been slamming this trade deal while campaigning in Philadelphia. Now Clinton is looking pretty stupid – and some in her campaign hope that Penn will be forced out.

To make matters worse, Columbia hired not only Penn’s firm, but also another company chock full of Clintonites, Glover Park.

As one might expect, Obama supporters hammered the strategist, with the labor group Unite to Win demanding “Mark Penn has to go,” according to the New York Daily News.

Personally, I support free trade compacts. They help to build third world economies so that poor people can find work. Ultimately these compacts create new economies that become new markets for U.S. corporations. Blue collar workers don’t like them, because they allegedly kill jobs. The reality is, we all need to continue to learn new skills in this day and age. I have changed careers several times and have always come out ahead financially.

The era of spending your whole life in a union job at a factory is gone. U.S. workers need to wake up to that fact. That two of our remaining three presidential candidates don’t seem to get this is a bit disturbing.


Mark Penn just can’t win. “The Colombian government announced Saturday morning that it will terminate its contract with Burson-Marsteller Worldwide over chief executive Mark Penn

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