Bill Richardson past quotes on commerce

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    Presented for review. It will be interesting to see if his past policy statements will hold true for his nominated position as Secretary of Commerce.


    Eliminate $73 billion in corporate welfare

    There's $73 billion in corporate welfare that needs to be eliminated. I think we all have to sacrifice, the Congress, too, and that means eliminating congressional earmarks. That means, also, having pay-as-you-go policies in our budget that, if somebody thinks of a new program or is going to cut a tax, we've got to make sure that it's paid for. That's what I would do as president.
    Source: 2007 Des Moines Register Democratic debate Dec 13, 2007

    Government is needed to keep markets competitive

    In properly functioning markets the hardest working and most innovative companies win, and the weakest lose. The goal of government is to keep the dynamic going & protect the innocent. But we also play a role in government that the market players do not: trying to assist with competition and choice that is anathema to those who dominate any industry. It's why Teddy Roosevelt busted the trusts; it's why we have the Federal Communications Commission to oversee the use of our airwaves; and it's why we regulate weights and measures at gasoline pumps. People in industry don't necessarily like it. But it's necessary.

    When oil prices rose to what seemed unimaginable heights in 2000, I thought there was a further role for government. As Energy Secretary, I felt it was my duty to act, to try to bring prices back into a safe and stable range.

    I had four areas I could take the initiative: talk to OPEC; get more domestic oil; use the Strategic Petroleum reserve; and assist the hardest-hit Americans.
    Source: Leading by Example, by Bill Richardson, p.147-148 Oct 26, 2007

    Corporate role is profit, not protecting national interests

    The international oil companies are now a superpower just as nations once were. We cannot depend on them to bail us out. These corporations have been doing their job, and very well. It is not their job to take care of the US; it is not their job to find & develop alternative energy sources, or to spread freedom & democracy. It is not their job to defend our nation's oil interests overseas, or the shipping lanes such as the Persian Gulf that are so critical to both the world trade in petroleum & the stability of oil prices & the world economy.

    Their job is to make profit & pass it on to shareholders. That is the beauty of our economic system. It is a model that has built progress & prosperity around the globe, raising the standard of living & fulfilling the hopes & dreams of billions.

    But that model cannot protect US national interests, either at home or abroad.
    Congress, the states, & the president have responsibility for that. It is a critical responsibility that they haven't lived up to.
    Source: Leading by Example, by Bill Richardson, p. 52 Oct 26, 2007

    Reward companies that pay over the prevailing wage

    I would reward companies that pay over the prevailing wage, that go into the inner cities, that go into rural areas. I would also have tax-free holidays for technology start-ups: three years, if they train people in the inner city, if they hire people over the prevailing wage.

    We need to rebuild this economy by being pro-growth Democrats. We should be the party of innovation, of entrepreneurship, of building capital. We need to find a way that globalization works for the middle class.
    Source: 2007 Democratic Primary Debate at Howard University Jun 28, 2007

    Ban contaminated toys and food from China

    We should have a relationship and recognition that China is a strategic competitor. Our relationship with China today is clearly one sided. I'd be tougher when it comes to trade, I'd be tougher with China when it comes to human rights. They need to be doing a lot more on genocide in Darfur, they need to take accidents where they protect their workers, where they have constitutional elections. We also have to make sure that China trades on an equitable basis when the US. We ought to ban these toys they're bringing in. We ought to ban some of the contaminated food they're bringing in. But we must recognize, too, that China's a major power, and we have to have an important, strategic relationship with them. I would be stronger, as I said, with China when it comes to human rights and trade. I would tell them they cannot continue playing around with currencies. They control a large part of our debt.
    Source: 2007 Des Moines Register Democratic Debate Dec 13, 2007

    No such thing as completely free market; so regulate

    Generally, trade helps nations & people understand each other better. Trade levels the economic playing field. But it is crucial to make sure our trade agreements require fair labor practices and basic environmental safeguards.

    If China can fairly make shirts cheaper than Americans, we'll need to make something we're better at making. But if the Chinese shirt is cheaper only because their workers make sweatshop wages and the owners pour chemicals into local rivers, we can't go along.

    I'm not sure a lot of the advocates of free trade understand the difference between free & fair trade. All goods cost something to make, but it matters what gets calculated in the cost: whether it's raw materials, or human rights, or the cost of defending oil transport routes, or damage to the environment.

    In the real world, there is no such thing as completely free trade. All trade needs to have regulatory sideboards to prevent a cost-reduction competition via the exploitation of people and the environment.
    Source: Leading by Example, by Bill Richardson, p.205-206 Oct 26, 2007

    Communism is teaming up with corporations to open up China

    Today we say that communism is dead, but it is successfully teaming up with corporations, in places like China.

    There are few areas at which communism is more efficient than capitalism, but one is ruining the environment. It took the US capitalist free-market economy hundreds of years to achieve the same levels of environmental destruction that China, at its current pace, will achieve in about 20.

    China's economic officials predict that China will build another coal-based electric-generating unit every week for the next decade. Why would China decide, on its own, to use more expensive, climate-friendly, carbon-clean technologies? Especially when it sees the US refusing to adopt carbon limits and expanding its own carbon emissions every year?

    We must find a way, not only to agree with China and India on the technologies, energy investments, and emissions limits that will create some future security for our climate, but also to assure them that they will have the energy they need.
    Source: Leading by Example, by Bill Richardson, p. 89-92 Oct 26, 2007

    Enforce labor & environmental standards & job safety

    Q: Would you scrap NAFTA or fix it?
    A: We should never have another trade agreement unless it enforces labor protection, environmental standards and job safety. What we need to do is say that from now on, America will adhere to all international labor standards in any trade agreement--no child labor, no slave labor, freedom of association, collective bargaining--that is critically important--making sure that no wage disparity exists.
    Source: 2007 AFL-CIO Democratic primary forum Aug 7, 2007

    Fair trade includes no slave labor & no child labor

    What we need is trade agreements, fair trade agreements where we say, no slave labor, no child labor; we're not going to have--we're going to have environmental protection; we're going to have to deal with wage disparity. And also, I would have a different attitude toward the private sector. I would say to the private sector, what is it going to take to keep you here?
    Source: 2007 Democratic Primary Debate at Howard University Jun 28, 2007

    We need fair trade, not just unabashed free trade

    Q: Should further rounds of the World Trade Organization agreements incorporate internationally recognized workers rights?
    A: What I believe we need in this country is fair trade, not just unabashed free trade. What I would do is, first of all, any future international trade agreement should have the following components as part of the law, not as a side agreement.

    1. Worker protections, because this is critically important comparing work standards in America and in other countries.
    2. We should have environmental protections. One of the unfortunate sides of NAFTA, which I supported, was that it was supposed to improve air quality. It hasn't happened. So there has to be very, very strong labor protections and environmental protections.
    3. Last, wage disparities. I think it's critically important that any future trade agreement look what other countries have in terms of wages and find ways to promote equity in those wage disparities. But we are in a global world.

    Source: 2007 AFSCME Democratic primary debate in Carson City Nevada Feb 21, 2007

    NAFTA critically important for US as well as Mexico

    NAFTA was critically important, and not only for the reasons commonly cited by its supporters. Yes, the treaty would create the world's largest free-trade region, a market of 360 million people in the US, Canada, and Mexico. Estimates of NAFTA's economic impact varied, but the treaty promised to be a win-win-win for all three countries.

    That didn't mean the absence of dislocation: while NAFTA figured to create more jobs in the US, some jobs would be lost. A key part of the final bill presented to Congress needed to include worker-adjustment programs and other so-called side agreements addressing such issues as labor standards and the environment.

    I felt the treaty was crucial to Mexico. I thought NAFTA would create positive economic change and help to stimulate a broader political debate. I thought it also had the potential to affect the immigration issue: if Mexico's economy boomed, beter-paying jobs would provide Mexicans an incentive to stay home.
    Source: Between Worlds, by Bill Richardson, p.112-3 Nov 3, 2005

    Expand regional trade with Chihuahua

    This morning, I had a very productive meeting with the honorable governor of Chihuahua, Patricio Martinez. If I am fortunate enough to be elected governor of New Mexico in November, I have pledged to Governor Martinez that I will work closely with him to increase trade and to help build a regional economy that is good for New Mexico-and for El Paso and Chihuahua.

    Specifically, we have agreed to create a functional New Mexico-Chihuahua Economic Development Commission. The two of us will co-chair this commission that will include cabinet secretaries and business leaders from both states. We will meet monthly-and rotate between Santa Fe, and Chihuahua, and our respective border communities.

    The purpose of this commission will be to increase trade. We will do this by developing, and implementing, a regional economic development plan with specific goals, timetables and assignments. The most important message I can deliver today is that we are one region.
    Source: Campaign web site,, "Priorities" Oct 24, 2002

    Supports NAFTA, GATT, & WTO

    Q: Do you support broadening North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to include other countries?
    A: Yes.

    Q: Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
    A: Yes.

    Q: Do you support the WTO?
    A: Yes.

    Q: Do you support imposing tariffs on products imported from nations that maintain restrictive trade barriers on American products?
    A: No.

    Q: Should a nation's human rights record affect its "most favored nation" trading status with the United States?
    A: Yes.
    Source: 1996 Congressional National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1996
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2008

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