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CAFTA -- Pay no attention to the Democrat behind the curtain!

The democrats have nothing of relevance to say. Listen to the people; the professionals that will benefit from CAFTA. Are they any less educated or intelligent? Are they not able to evaluate and understand the implications of CAFTA? Where are the Democrats when it comes to defending and fighting for the minority business owners?

Thank you to the many Democrats that went against the party line, and did the right thing for their constituents. Shame on the Republicans that relented to the sugar lobby, and those that profit from government subsidies and tariffs paid from he pockets of hard working Americans.

But not everybody is wary of the treaty. Business owners, particularly Latino entrepreneurs, are excited about the passing of CAFTA. Many see it as a long-awaited opportunity for growth on both sides of the continent.

All U.S. Latino chambers of commerce endorsed CAFTA, which they consider an effective way for small and medium-size companies to export, grow and participate in today's global economy.

In addition, the Hispanic Alliance for Free Trade, a 130-member coalition formed by Latino leaders and organizations throughout the United States, is celebrating the victory. "Central American companies and entrepreneurs in the U.S. will have a chance to participate in global markets," said Alliance member Walter Tijiboy, a Bay Area business man originally from El Salvador.

"Learning how to do business with standards recognized around the world will help small and medium-size companies compete in a global economy," Tijiboy added.

The U.S. Small Business Administration also has no doubts the treaty will help small companies. "The high tariffs and onerous non-tariff barriers that have been stifling small business exports have been successfully eliminated," agency Administrator Hector Barreto said.

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