Blogging Tory and slobbering Bush sycophant Jabba the Roy is some kind of pissed with Barack Obama:
The horrible stimulus from the US ( voted against by every GOP member of congress) has a buy America clause which may cost a lot of Canadian jobs. Well! Well! Well! obamessiah is bad for Canada.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper expressed "serious concern" on Thursday over a provision of the U.S. stimulus bill that would require infrastructure projects to use American steel, putting Canada on the edge of its first trade dispute with the United States since Barack Obama was inaugurated.
And that's when we politely point out this:
America's betrayal of open markets
Mar 7th 2002
NOBODY was surprised, despite affectations of shock in some quarters, when George Bush announced this week his plans to protect the American steel industry. The proposals had been trailed; they were regarded in Washington as politically inescapable. The fact that the president did what everybody expected him to makes this decision no less damaging, and no less stupid.
This steel-tariff plan, it is important to remember, lies well outside the ordinary run of bad economic policy: it is so wrong it makes other kinds of wealth-destroying intervention feel inadequate. And was it really politically inescapable? What a depressingly feeble excuse from a president who has promised, and shown, strong leadership in other respects, and who had claimed, by the way, to be a champion of liberal trade. Mr Bush and his advisers should be ashamed.
I have to ask -- does anyone out there actually go to dr. roy for medical advice or treatment? For the love of God, why?
AFTERSNARK: Is it worth keeping track of any of the other of Stephen Taylor's cabana kids who freak out over Obama's ostensible steel protectionism while conveniently giving President Chimpy McChimpster a free pass on the same topic? Let's start with this douche, and feel free to add to the list in the comments section.
It's kind of like shooting fish in a barrel. When the barrel's very small. And the fish are already dead.
I'M JUST SAYIN': Correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't that kind of protectionism be a blatant violation of NAFTA where Canada is concerned? I ask since I'm reminded of the softwood lumber dispute, which was also a pretty clear-cut violation of NAFTA but which Stephen Taylor's Blogging Whiners never seemed to raise much of a ruckus over. It's a good deal, they told us. At least we're getting something in return. And, besides, we were getting fucked over by a Republican president, which seemed to make it all right.
But now that it's Obama, should we venture a guess as to how many BTs become experts at NAFTA and trade law? Will we see Steve (the Premature eJankulator) Janke suddenly put on his deerstalker hat and begin to lecture us all on the fine points and intricacies of the free trade agreement and how Obama is clearly violating it six ways to Sunday?
Yes, I'm going out on a limb and making that prediction. Feel free to help me out by occasionally holding your nose and popping by Stephen Taylor's Blogging Aggregator and Special Ed Day Care to see who has, veritably overnight, become an absolute authority on NAFTA and protectionism, and why Canada should sue.
Remember, you read it here first.