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Born: 1955-03-31
Profession: Politician
Nation: American
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I am told that the clinical definition of insanity is the tendency to do the same thing over and over again and expect different results.

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Since NAFTA was put in place, Mexico has lost 1.9 million jobs and most Mexicans' real wages have fallen.

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Average real wages in Mexican manufacturing are lower than they were 10 years ago, if you can believe that.

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Free trade should not mean free labor.

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Hey, I'm a former union president myself and also an attorney that represented a lot of unions.

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I always thought a very strong anti-drug policy was a good thing for my union members.

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Likewise, free trade does not, as evidenced in CAFTA, mean fair trade.

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Amnesty International continues to report that extra judicial tortures and murders continue. This is not democracy that we are exporting to Mexico, and this is certainly not what the Mexican workers signed up for.

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As for the expected boon to the Mexican economy, we have seen none of these gains, and instead we have seen NAFTA's detrimental impact on the Mexican workers.

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If you consider that a typical Central American consumer earns only a small fraction of an average American worker's wages, it becomes clear that CAFTA's true goal is not to the increase U.S. exports.

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Instead of trade policy that is beneficial to American businesses and workers as well as our trade partners, we have a flawed trade policy that hurts all parties.

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Now, given the experience that we have had thus far, with our subsequent trade agreements with NAFTA and others, you would think that with our experience of job loss that we have had there that when you find yourself in a hole that you might stop digging.

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Proponents of the Central America Free Trade Agreement have conveniently ignored this fundamental fact: the effect of trade on incomes in Central America and how to alleviate the adverse consequences of trade liberalization on the poor.

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The biggest share of U.S. exports to the six CAFTA nations is not the traditional job-creation kind. These are products that are not consumed in the purchasing nations.

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The one thing that I have been struck with, after coming here to Congress is, how many people in Washington, D.C. talk about job loss like they are talking about the weather, or a natural disaster like an earthquake.

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Trade reform has also been linked to increased income disparity as skilled workers have captured more benefits from globalization than their unskilled counterparts.

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You do not export democracy through the Defense Department or the Defense Secretary. You do it through trade agreements, through the Department of Commerce and favorable agreements with our friends and neighbors across the globe.

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Poems seem to have a life of their own. They tell you when enough is enough.

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I'm more interested in the meaning of funerals and the mourning that people do. It's not a retail experience. It's an existential one.

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I'm lazy but generally task oriented so having a hoop to jump through means eventually I'll make the effort.

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So I suppose poetry, language, the shaping of it, was and remains for me an effort to make sense out of essentially senseless situations.

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Usually a poem takes shape accoustically - a line or a pair of lines will repeat itself in my ear.

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But poetry is a way of language, it is not its subject or its maker's background or interests or hobbies or fixations. It is nearer to utterance than history.

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If I were assigned poems I suppose I'd write more of them but it is entirely voluntary and for the most part ignored in the market sense of the word so the language to me is most intimate, most important, most sublime and most satisfying when it gets done.

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Well the themes for me were and remain sex and love and grief and death - the things that make us and undo us, create and destroy, how we breed and disappear and the emotional context that surrounds these events.

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