The Republicans’ Obamacare: TPA

So this is why the voting public gave the Republicans the majority in the Senate and the House in 2014.  The chicanery, the lying, the secrecy.  Our Congress, the best that money can buy.  Foreign money, that is, with Japan leading the way.  Just hire former Senate leadership now turned lobbyists, both Republican and Democrat, to twist arms and make sweetheart deals, and then wait to cash in.

Paul Ryan (R-WI), strong backer and leader of the House wing that is pro-TPA (Trade Promotion Authority), to fast track the trade deals, is the Republican version of Nancy Pelosi, with his recent comment, “It’s declassified and made public once it’s agreed to.”  Brilliant, Paul.  You’re in the pocket of the US Chamber of Commerce.  As reported in Breitbart, who is covering in depth the entire ruse:

What Ryan is trying to convince House Republicans to do is vote for Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) which would fast-track at least three highly secretive trade deals—specifically the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP)—and potentially more deals.

Right now, TiSA and T-TIP text are completely secretive and unavailable for even members of Congress to read while TPP text is available for members to review—although they need to go to a secret room inside the Capitol where only members of Congress and certain staffers high-level security clearances, who can only go when members are present, can read the bill.

Yes, that’s exactly what the Founding Fathers had in mind when they wrote the Constitution.  Secret rooms.  No transparency for the governed who are going to pay the bill.

Obama will be able to finalize all three of the Obamatrade deals, without any Congressional input, if Congress grants him fast-track authority by passing TPA. Fast-track lowers the vote thresholds in the Senate and blocks Congress from amending any trade deals—and also, since each of these three deals are pretty much entirely negotiated already, it wouldn’t lead to any more congressional involvement or transparency with each.

As Ryan said in the interview, “trade is good.”  Sure is.   From Wikileaks and Breitbart coverage, we learn that TiSA provides the President with massive executive immigration authority, despite a Senate resolution from 2003.  It seems we don’t need a legislative branch anymore.

In 2003, the Senate unanimously passed a resolution that said no immigration provision should be in trade agreements – and in fact, former Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) voted for this resolution.

The existence of these 10 pages is in clear violation of that earlier unanimous decision, and also in violation of the statements made by the U.S. Trade Representative.

Oh, but wait, we need TiSA.  We have to make it easier for Disney to layoff more skilled American workers so they can hire lower-paid H-1B workers coming in from India.

“Some of these folks were literally flown in the day before to take over the exact same job I was doing,” said one of the IT workers who lost his job. He trained his replacement and is angry over the fact he had to train someone from India “on site, in our country.”

Americans, both in and out of government, used to have respect for the rule of law.  Our Constitution and the checks and balances within it, kept the three branches of government in line.  Today, we’re watching our country being run into the ground by the people running it, many of whom have sold out to special interests and political parties putting their own interests ahead of the working schmucks who pay the bills and go to the voting booths every two years in the hopes that they just might find an honest pol.

I’m angry.  I’m angry about being betrayed.  I’m also angry at myself for being the optimist that someone, somewhere in government, still cares about their country, and puts its interest first.

There’s something to be said about “Potomac Fever.”  When pols are elected to go to Washington, their intentions may be good.  But once they’re there and have tasted the power, and realize that they’re part of only 535 people out of 300 million Americans, who are responsible for governing this nation, and heads and intentions get turned.

Enjoy your majorities while you can, Republicans.  Because this Republican may just vote you out in 2016.


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