So, I’ve been watching this madness for a while now. And, it’s coming to the front, so I thought I’d chime in on this issue, and let the discussion begin!
The most recent development is this ….
Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid is jamming up President Obama’s push for a new comprehensive trade deal, saying he’ll try to block it until the Senate tackles other hot-button issues.
The threat comes just one week after visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe touted the proposed deal in an address to Congress. Both he and Obama are advocating for the 12-nation agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would open markets around the Pacific rim to U.S. exports.
Before completing the deal, however, Obama must win expanded negotiating authority from the U.S. Congress, a difficult task given opposition from liberals and labor unions who say they fear the loss of American jobs. …..
… It was no secret that Reid is opposed to Obama’s push for so-called “fast track” authority to get streamlined approval of the trade deal. Reid recently told reporters he’s not just a “no” on that issue, but a “hell no.”
But the Nevada senator’s latest comments indicate he’s willing to go a step further, and actively hold up the legislative push — going head-to-head with a big Obama priority.
On Tuesday, though, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell pushed back, urging his colleagues to support the trade measures.
“Of course we’ve already heard of an attempt to stand in the way of the bipartisan effort to debate this legislation. We already heard of yet another effort to make a partisan stand against a bipartisan accomplishment that would help grow opportunities for our constituents,” McConnell said. He said he still plans to turn to the trade issue shortly.
Last week, in a joint appearance alongside Japan’s Abe, Obama touted the plan, saying it would “help level the playing field.”
Obama said both he and Abe are “deeply committed to getting this done.”
Abe also touted the TPP in his address to Congress last week, urging all sides to “take the lead” in building a better market, and finish the 12-nation deal.
First of all, what Zero and Abe know about economics and trade, combined you could put in a thimble and still have room for your thumb!
Secondly, fast-tracking any notion Zero has is a horrible mistake. Odds are it’s completely wrong, dishonest, and self-serving.
But, aside from that, there’s no reason to expand the authority of the executive office. And, I believe it is unconstitutional, in any case. The Constitution doesn’t give congress the authority to shirk their responsibility. It simply isn’t provided for in the Constitution, and is unconscionable that any member of congress contemplate such an idiotic notion. Treaties must have 2/3 majority of the Senate before they’re recognized as treaties in the US. That’s all there is to it.
Lastly, but, probably most importantly, no one seems to know the details of this so-called agreement. The devil is always, always, in the details. But, let’s take this a step further. Let’s actually contemplate some things. Can anyone tell me of a trade agreement, starting with NAFTA, which has led to enriching the general public of the US? I can’t think of one.
For the free-trade advocates, let me state this plainly as possible. Trade, for the sake of trade, is complete and utter stupidity.
And, this is what pisses me off about the current Republican party. Look, I’m a free-trade, capitalist. But, on the national scale, only when it benefits the US.
Currently, and for centuries into the future (if this nation lasts that long), we have all that we need. We don’t need a damned thing from anyone else. We might want other things, but, we don’t need them. But, much of the world, does indeed, need the US.
We have the two most essentials. Food and energy. With oil, gas, and coal, the US has more untapped energy than any other nation in the world. Russia would be our only rivals. Forget OPEC. We simply import the crap because, for some unknown reason, we don’t have the wherewithal to tell them to go screw themselves. We should. The US and the world would be much better off if we did. Food? No one on earth comes close to us, and we’ve much more potential!
The problem, it seems, is that our politicians are not interested in keeping to populace occupied with the engaging and liberating of work! Did I mention that we’re the world’s largest consumers? The world must beat a path to our door. But, even if they don’t, we’ve plenty for ourselves.
I once watched John Stossel extol the virtues of free trade, for the sake of free trade. That’s when I knew he was a moron. Look, saving a few bucks on a good or services is fine. But, I’m not really saving anything if I have to pay for the unemployment and welfare of my fellow citizen who lost his job because we wanted to have trade for the sake of having trade. It’s to the point that now it is deemed virtuous that I pay for the re-training of the poor people who lost their jobs because we wanted to trade for the sake of trading. Can someone else make a better and cheaper product? Perhaps. But, is that worth the millions of people now unemployed, or under-employed? Is it worth all of the foodstamps we provide?
But, most of all, is it worth the hopelessness of the millions of Americans who realize our politicians don’t give a damn about their fellow citizens? A pox on all of their houses. Give them something to do other than work at McDonalds or Wal Mart!!!!!!!