The Speaker of the House in Colombia has blasted the Speaker of the House in the United States for her unprecedented move to change the rules that govern Congress when dealing with trade agreements in order to please her extreme base.
On the issue Democrats claimed as one of the largest for not moving forward was the violence against trade unionists in Colombia. Speaker Palacio acknowledges the problem, points out how the number of murders have dropped from 196 in 2002 down to 26 in 2006, and that’s for the whole country, not just one city. He continues:
“In order to reach those goals, generate legitimate employment, and strengthen our economy, Madam Speaker, we require the decisive support and cooperation of our largest trading partner.”
That is true, but Speaker Placaio hits the nail on the head earlier in the letter about why this happened in the first place, and why, even though it is in the best interest of both nations, it probably won’t go anywhere:
“The Democratic Party’s decision to involve Colombia in an internal electoral process is unfair, as national policy should rightly be placed above partisan considerations.”
If only that were true…