Friday, June 09, 2006

FTA in the deep freeze (ha ha)

Well, I knew that Taiwan was serious about working toward signing a free-trade agreement with the United States. But I didn't realize how serious until I belatedly noticed that among the congressmen pushing hardest for an FTA is William Jefferson, the Lousiana Democrat in whose refrigerator the FBI recently (allegedly) discovered $90,000, evidently what remained from a $100,000 bribe that Jefferson had accepted days earlier from a wire-wearing operative in exchange for Jefferson's influence over some kind of shenanigans in Nigeria. If you're interested in the complex details of the case, go read the Jefferson link above. But in the meantime, I can't help but wonder how much Jefferson charged Taiwan for introducing a pro-FTA resolution on the floor of the House...

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