In what could be the first chink in the otherwise impenetrable armor of Barack Obama, a memo obtained by the Clinton campaign proves that Obama’s senior economic adviser did tell Canada that Obama’s rhetoric on NAFTA was only “political positioning” and shouldn’t be taken seriously.

The memo is the first documentation to emerge publicly out of the meeting between the adviser, Austan Goolsbee, and officials with the Canadian consulate in Chicago, but Goolsbee said it misinterprets what he told them. The memo was written by Joseph DeMora, who works for the consulate and attended the meeting.

“Noting anxiety among many U.S. domestic audiences about the U.S. economic outlook, Goolsbee candidly acknowledged the protectionist sentiment that has emerged, particularly in the Midwest, during the primary campaign,” the memo said. “He cautioned that this messaging should not be taken out of context and should be viewed as more about political positioning than a clear articulation of policy plans.”

Goolsbee disputed the characterization from the conservative government official.

“This thing about ‘it’s more about political positioning than a clear articulation of policy plans,’ that’s this guy’s language,” Goolsbee said of DeMora. “He’s not quoting me.

If used properly this could be a very powerful instrument for the Clinton campaign to bludgeon Obama with. This is the first concrete evidence she can use to show voters that Obama’s rhetoric is simply that, rhetoric.

This revelation will not come as a shock to anyone except the hopelessly naive, which unfortunately this election season has produced quite a few of.

The fact remains that if Obama were really being truthful with voters in Ohio he would explain to them that NAFTA is not to blame for their lot in life. Manufacturing jobs were declining their long before NAFTA was ever signed, because of Ohio’s increasing hostility towards business.

Egregiously high taxes and out-of-control unions have succeeded in chasing away all the good jobs, not NAFTA.

It’s a simple formula: HIGH TAXES + STRONG UNIONS = NO JOBS

The solution is also a simple formula:


-Chris Jones
The Hot Joints

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