Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Mediocre Max

Montana's senior Senator is a lame democrat named Max Baucus. Not the sharpest crayon in the box. He recently invited the US and S.Korean trade delegation to Big Sky, a plush resort near Bozeman, to try to wrap up negotiations on a treaty which will involve the largest amount of trade since NAFTA. Max was on the news with his big, maniacle grin, saying he will support any treaty that allows unlimited export of Montana beef. Max likes to keep things simple. Throw around complicated ideas like worker justice, or small Korean rice farmers unable to compete with US agribusiness and he just gives you that deer in the headlights look. They showed him on TV, surrounded by suits and Korean delegates as he sawed into a big juicy steak and jammed a chunk into his mouth. Demonstrating (for the sake of his rancher constituents) that Koreans don't need to worry anout Mad Cow Disease around these parts. (Max's family owns a huge ranch near Helena)

These trade deals are where the rubber meets the road, so to speak, for those of us interested in halting the unfettered rampage of global capital. We will join our S.Korean brothers and sisters in struggle on Friday and I know Mad Max will be safe and warm somewhere far away from the action. Hopefully choking on that beef.

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