Regarding similarities between Republicans and Democrats
Incidentally, a mere month after G.W. delivered a hoo-hah speech about how free trade equals democracy, blah blah blah, and that we're tearing down trade barriers to *help people* gosh-darn-it, not just so that corporations can make more profits by paying their labor less---just in case you actually *believed* any of that, today G.W. announced that he was going to "protect American steel" and that free trade was overrated anyway, because it hurt "American steel interests" in states where he just barely squeaked by in the election. He announced that he was going to pursue a protectionist case in the WTO. Which is a great laugh, ha! We'll see how far even G.W. gets with the WTO; "free trade" has won *every single case* put before WTO arbitration so far.
So today democrats and unions were squirming a bit, cautiously congratulating the president for finally Getting A Clue (free trade *hurts people*) while noting that the president has a snowflake's chance in h-e-double-hockey-sticks of actually accomplishing anything by "taking it to the WTO".
(This rant brought to you from a comment on whitney's weblog, where I originally posted it.)