It seemed obvious to me, in the weeks leading up to the referendum vote, who was for and who was against CAFTA/TLC, and who would benefit from it and who would not. Almost every gigantic, road-hogging, environment-polluting, brand-new ridiculous SUV on the roads had a "Sí!" sticker, as did construction sites and businesses. University students (as evidenced by graffiti all over buildings surrounding the university) tended to favor "no," as did most people driving around in their less-than-pristine, less-than-SUVs. The business had to scare people into believing that they would lose their jobs if CAFTA/TLC didn't pass, so a lot of those people who will be negatively affected by the passage voted in favor of it anyway. Sigh.
University students seemed to be mostly against CAFTA/TLC.
Anyway, PAC members of Congress have vowed to put the brakes on passing laws that need to be passed by February in order for CAFTA/TLC to be valid. Considering the "speed" with which most laws are passed in this country, there's still hope. According to Latin Business Chronicle, "...if Costa Rica fails to pass the laws by February and implement them by March 2008, it will violate the agreement signed with the United States in May 2004." One can only hope. Or at least 48% of the "no" voters can hope. 3%. Damn.
(Speaking of Latin Business Chronicle, can anyone out there translate this into English?: "We view DR-CAFTA ratification...as very good news for the credit and expect the positive referendum outcome to elicit a favorable near-term market response.")