Obama: North America needs ‘aggressive action’
By Eliana Aponte, Reuters
GUADALAJARA, Mexico — Targeting the long and painful recession, President Obama said Monday that he and the leaders of Mexico and Canada have agreed to “aggressive, coordinated action” to restore growth across North America.
Wrapping up a North American summit Monday afternoon, Obama joined Mexican President Felipe Calderón and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper for a news conference after about two hours of talks.
Noting the huge trading partnership among the three neighbors, Obama said that commerce must be expanded, not restricted.
The president also emphasized a need for orderly and legal immigration, a sensitive issue on all borders.
“But ultimately I think the American people want fairness,” he said. “And we can create a system in which you have strong border security, we have an orderly process for people to come in, but we’re also giving an opportunity for those who are already in the United States to be able to achieve a pathway to citizenship so that they don’t have to live in the shadows and their children and their grandchildren can have a full participation in — in the United States.”
And in our new health care system.
Calderón said the Mexican government has an “absolute and categorical” commitment to human rights.
Except Gringos who hate Señor Comrade Obama’s health care plan.
On commerce, Obama said that a “Buy America” provision in the giant economic stimulus package earlier this year had not hurt trade with Canada. “I do think it’s important to keep this in perspective,” Obama said. “This in no way has endangered the billions of dollars in trade taking place between our two countries.”
And in no way helped America’s economy.
The leaders renewed calls for the restoration of Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, who was ousted in a June 28 coup.
Obama blasted critics who said the United States should intervene in the government dispute on Honduras: “The same critics who say that the United States has not intervened enough in Honduras are the same people who say that we’re always intervening and the Yankees need to get out of Latin America. You can’t have it both ways.”
Yes, we must start a war to save all of our comrades.
During their meeting Sunday, Calderón urged Obama to resurrect a program to allow some Mexican trucks onto U.S. highways as part of the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement, Calderón’s office said. Mexico has retaliated by imposing tariffs on $2.4 billion of U.S. goods.
Sure, they won’t be allowed to be inspected at the border and they don’t require insurance. What possible harm could there be in that? This is the same NAFTA that Señor Bush started and Señor Obama promised to get rid of until the Canadians complained. It is especially useful to Señor Obama who needs a new strategy for gun control. All U.S. gun owners will be known to Mexico, Canada, and the world, for that matter.