Red Dirt RubyConf 2011

  • Keynote
    Aaron Patterson
    Open source contributions include:
    ARel, Nokogiri, and Mechanize
    Aaron Patterson - AT&T Interactive
  • Keynote
    Dr Nic Williams
    Open source contributions include:
    Hudson.rb, RoR Textmate Bundle, and ChocTop
    Dr Nic Williams - Engine Yard
  • Conference Themes
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    How to lose a trade agenda The vast majority of lawmakers in his own party oppose him on trade legislation. Yet rather than accept that they have a legitimate beef, he shows public contempt for them as he did in an interview with Matt Bai of Yahoo News released over the weekend. "Their arguments are based on fears, or they're fighting NAFTA, the trade deal that was passed 25 years ago or 20 years ago," he said with a laugh. Sighing, he added, "I understand the emotions behind it, but when you break down the logic of their arguments, I've got to say that there's not much there there." He said one nike hat of his Democratic critics' arguments "doesn't make any sense," another is "pure speculation," and others are "made up" or unrealistic. "There's nike in store coupons no logic that I think a progressive should embrace that would make you opposed to this deal," he said, accusing those who disagree of taking the "not smart" position of trying to "ignore the fact that a global economy is here to stay" and of acting to "shrink the overall economic pie just because we're mad about some things that have happened in the past." The rhetoric suggests that Obama has given up trying to persuade Democrats to join him in supporting "fast track" approval of the emerging Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal and that he's lashing out at them in anger. Without Democratic support, the fast track legislation faces a tough slog on Capitol Hill, especially in the House. If Obama loses on trade, blame should go to the twin pillars of detachment that have underpinned his presidency: insularity and secrecy. The president's long standing disdain for his former colleagues on Capitol Hill now haunts him. After years of reluctance to lobby Congress, the White House made a big push for the trade legislation but found little goodwill among Democrats. And the push already seems to have exhausted Obama. After his contemptuous remarks about Democratic critics on trade, Obama went to play golf on Saturday not with lawmakers but with old friends and staffers. Obama is also being undermined by his administration's allergy to disclosure and its zeal for confidentiality. As if by way of reminder, CIA leaker Jeffrey Sterling was sentenced Monday, the latest victim of an administration crackdown on leakers and whistleblowers that has led it to use the Espionage Act more than all previous administrations combined. The secrecy makes it appear Obama is hiding something. "If the president is so confident it's a good deal, he should declassify the text and let people see it before asking Congress to tie its hands on fixing it," Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D Mass., told my colleague Greg Sargent. Instead of coming clean, Obama prefers to inform fellow Democrats that he's the smartest guy in the room. "Some folks are just opposed to trade deals out of principle, a reflexive principle," Obama told an audience at Nike headquarters in Oregon on Friday. "If you're opposed to these smart, progressive trade deals, then that means you must be satisfied with the status quo," he added, also suggesting critics are stuck in the 1993 NAFTA fight, when "I was just getting out of law school." Then, with Bai, he mocked those who would "deal with nike shoes downshifter 6 climate change by shutting down global trade," and he derided Warren as "a politician like everybody else" and one who is "absolutely wrong." Warren's arguments "don't stand the test of fact and scrutiny," he said. But her arguments can't be given the test of fact, because Obama won't let his trade pact face the test of scrutiny. His disregard for congressional allies is as self defeating as his dismissal of the public's right to know.