Nov
01
1997

'Fast Track' 1, Democracy 0

Trade policy isn't open for debate, say editorialists

The nation's newspapers are incensed at the idea that President Bill Clinton might not get "fast track" authority to negotiate trade pacts that Congress can only approve or disapprove, but not amend. Pointing to negative effects of NAFTA, a wide range of critics want future pacts to integrate protections for workers and the environment, and see fast track as an attempt to do an end-run around the political process. In editorial after heated editorial, virtually every major paper in the country denounced such critics and their concerns as "protectionist" (New York Times, 9/8/97), an "obstruction" (Baltimore Sun, 2/3/97), "silly" (Atlanta […]