Shock News!!!! For Real!!!! I Agree With Harry Reid!!!!!!!


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 ….

Reid throws brakes on Obama trade push

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!!!!!!!        

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8 Responses to Shock News!!!! For Real!!!! I Agree With Harry Reid!!!!!!!

  1. Latitude says:

    We’ve both said it before…..when we were making our own light bulbs and widgets….not only did everyone have a job that wanted one….but that money trickled down to bread, a soda, a beer, haircut, etc

    I can see no benefit to opening free trade with countries where their labor is paid a tiny fraction of what our labor is paid….we’ve tried that too many times…and like you just said, it never works

    • suyts says:

      I can’t understand why this is so hard to see for some people. A country is comprised of people. Stay loyal to your own people. They’ll stay loyal to you. If I’ve got to pay a few cents more for my widgets made in the US, then, I’d happily pay them to keep my fellow Americans working. In the long run, it saves me money, and works to keep the deficit down. It’s not a hard call.

      • leftinflagstaff says:

        Familiarity breeds contempt. The people you’ll never meet just have to be better, more-deserving people.

  2. Lars P. says:
    A secret trade with unknown details, will be certainly beneficial to all of us. We would be only confused knowing too many details for our too small brains.
    As much as my little brain understood so far it looks like they want to remove legalistic road blockers, like too much regulation in one or another corner. These kind of regulation will then be valid for the common people, but corporations will have then lobbyist arbitrations which will then settle such small roadblocks.
    ” Members of Parliament who have viewed the text in Brussels have had to do so in a secure location, for extremely limited time periods (max: 2 hours) and in the constant presence of a member of the Commission’s staff. If the MEP is caught making copies or sharing the details with the public, he or she could face espionage charges.”

  3. DirkH says:

    “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. ”

    The world would indeed be better off. BUT you need to import a whole ton of stuff to be able to export Dollars. As long as you want the Dollar to be the reserve currency of all nations, you have to provide Dollars (and their collateral, treasury bills). No US import/new debt – no source for the reserve currency. No USD as reserve currency – no Empire.

    I could live with that. It seems though that Washington DC can’t.

  4. cdquarles says:

    Indeed, Dirk.
    The USD is the reserve currency, I’d say, because of Bretton Woods.
    OPEC? We have an enabling treaty with them, I believe; so we can’t just tell them to ‘Take a Hike’ without re-negotiating said treaty. Do we want O doing that? Why do we have an enabling treaty with OPEC? The petrodollar, which replaced the official gold dollar when Bretton Woods collapsed under the inflation created by the US and ECM’s governments through their banking agents.
    Empire? The people of the US don’t want one. Our ‘Progressive’ ruling class does want one, and I’d say our ‘Progressive’ ruling class is a stooge of the EU. At any rate, regardless of who is who’s stooge; both contingents agree on the premises of government, and neither value ordered liberty.
    So, we, by treaty as well as ‘progressive’ politics, gimp our own energy production to an extent so we have to import some things in order to export dollars so the rest of the world can use dollars in trade.

    Solution to the problem? Don’t blame trade. Look at the governments and their governing premises and philosophies. Good governments expand liberty. Bad ones don’t. There are an awful lot of bad governments.

  5. DirkH says:

    Kinky bunch of ugly charlatans at CDC want to know whether your 12 year old had anal sex.
    How do I know they’re ugly? They had someone stick a camera in their face that’s how.

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