Trading Away The Future

Ace has been on fire lately:

TPA Passes, But TAA Fails: Bill In Limbo

Apparently, for TPA (the fast track authority) to pass, it was necessary that the TAA pass alongside it, and the latter failed, so they’re in limbo.

Some people whom I respect are arguing in favor of TPP (TPA is the legislation that puts it TPP fast track), and dispelling the myths about TPP spread on the internet.

(Post in progress; just wanted to get this up while I write the rest of it.)

Ted Cruz, for example, shocked his populist base and came out in support of TPA, noting that some things you read on the internet. Friend of the podcast Scott Lincicome dispelled some myths about the plan.

Here’s what neither gentleman understands: We don’t trust the GOP any longer.

Paul Ryan argues that there’s no sense blocking the fast track authority because Congress will always get an up-or-down vote on the actual trade deal, whenever Obama deigns to share it with us.

He doesn’t understand: We no longer trust the GOP. Yes, Mr. Ryan, the GOP will have another chance to weigh in on the TPP in its final form. But we don’t trust you to do the right thing then, just as we don’t trust you to do the right thing now.

The GOP lies to us at every turn. They claim they’re going to stop Obamacare, then they begin drawing up plans to affirmatively save the plan with subsidies should the Supreme Court strike it down.

They claim they will fight Obama like hungry dogs on immigration, then they approve it.

They claim they’re against Obama’s Iran deal– then they pass a mechanism which allows the Iran deal to pass with just one third of the Senate, so that GOP Senators can vote “against” the bill while ultimately losing the vote — thus being able to claim to their constituents “Well we tried, but goshdarnit, the other side just outvoted us with its one-third majority.”

The GOP continues attempting to trick its base — which it believes is, as the Washington Post said so long ago, is “poor, uneducated, and easily led” — with Failure Theater.

We don’t trust you assholes. Period.

So yes, I concede: Voting in favor of TPA does not mean that TPP will pass automatically.

But I assume that TPP will pass automatically, when it comes up for a vote, because you’ve promised it to the Donor Class, and they’re the only people who matter in the GOP.

The GOP Establishment made two promises on immigration, one to the Donor Class, and one to the gullible unfortunates it tricked into voting for them.

To the Donor Class, it promised they would leave Obama’s amnesty undisturbed.

To the poor, uneducated, and easily led dupes of the voting base, they promised they’d fight the amnesty with all they had.

They told the truth to the Donor Class. They lied to us.

The GOP Establishment promised the Donor Class it would make no waves on Obamacare. The GOP Establishment promised its stupid, backwards, dirt-poor racist base that it would destroy Obamacare, once and for all.

They told the truth to the Donor Class. They lied to everyone else.

Now you’ve come to market again with, get this, a promise you’ve made to the Donor Class, and, get this, a promise you’ve made to everyone else.

Gee, I wonder who you’ve told the truth to this time?

Ergo, I’m going to insist you do this: Exactly nothing at all.

Until you recognize that you have lost our trust, and not because we’re wacko-bird hobbits, but because you are lying about every single vote you take, and work to repair that trust by meeting with us and being straight for us for a change, we’re going to continue to oppose everything you corrupt, corporate-payroll liars propose or do.

You do not respect us. You hold us in complete contempt. We are only dupes to be lied to, to be cadged into blessing the Donor Class’ wishes.

And then you have the gall to come to us and say, “Trust us this time?”

What Ace said speaks for itself. I want to talk about trade policy.

The GOPE believes in free trade and an open borders immigration policy. If you happen to be a wealthy business owner that probably sounds pretty good to you too.

Here’s what I want to know:

1. If we keep ending all our manufacturing overseas, what are we gonna make to sell back to them?

2. What’s the point of cheaper stuff if nobody here has any money because they’re unemployed?

At the end of WWII the United States stood atop the world like a colossus. We were the only major industrial power with our manufacturing capacity still intact. The devastation of 6-7 years of constant warfare left our homeland untouched. We were kicking ass and taking names.

We were building cars and truck and planes and appliances and other stuff like crazy. That meant lots of jobs. That also meant that the steel, oil, coal, shipping and other support industries were booming too.

Then the rest of the world started to catch up. At the same time our workers began to price themselves out of the market and the government began imposing stricter and stricter environmental restrictions on industry. Soon it became cheaper and easier to manufacture stuff in Japan and other foreign nations.

If free trade is so wonderful, what happened to all those manufacturing jobs we used to have? Why is Detroit a ghost town?

I have been thinking a lot of deep thoughts about this stuff. Thoughts I am not ready to articulate.

Right now I don’t see anybody else (on either side) articulating my thoughts either. But I do see people (on both sides) saying stuff that doesn’t make sense.



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57 Responses to Trading Away The Future

  1. Myiq2xu says:

    I haven’t said much about this trade bill thingie because:

    1. I really don’t understand it
    2. I don’t believe anything Obama says about it
    3. I think this is all kubuki anyway.

    • Myiq2xu says:

      It’s like the recent NSA “reform” that was passed and signed into law. Congress and Obama put on a show for us, but does anyone honestly believe the government has stopped spying on us?

    • WTF?

      This thing is real easy to understand, klown. It goes like this: The bill makes the President King of foreign policy in…wait for it…in a globalized world.

      It will basically eradicate congressional authority, relegating it to “local politics.” And the SCOTUS just ruled that the US must speak with one voice, the president’s voice, in matters of foreign relations. You’re a lawyer, so surely you can guess at the meaning of pre-precedent, yes?

  2. Dora says:

    Subject of the last thread, but it’s funny. 🙂


  3. HELENK3 says:

    we are so screwed with the present government.
    If we can make until 2016 there needs to be a “CLEAN SWEEP” election for both parties.
    anyone there more than 2 terms should be sent home

  4. 49erDweet says:

    Yes, I’ve already noticed the similarity between those two Hawaiian-attired beauties. Still trying to figure out which one scares me least.

  5. DeniseVB says:

    I think the Presidency should only be one 6-year term. I thought that during Reagan, Clinton, Bush2 and now Obama’s convinced me. The last two years of those second terms sucked big time. After reading GHWB’s bio, he deserved at least 2 more years. Who knows, maybe Carter did too.

  6. 49erDweet says:

    I would agree to that if the senate was limited to one term……..period.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I remember reading that Senators used to be selected by the states’ assemblies. I still support awarding electoral college votes by CD districts won instead of winner take all. Some states do that, Virginia keeps nixing the idea because…racism? True story. 😉

      • 1539days says:

        Within a matter of years of the Constitution being passed, amendments started breaking down the was leaders are elected. The first to go was the two vote system. Electors could choose two candidates for president. The one who got the second most votes became VP. Supposedly, that’s what led to the Hamilton-Burr duel.

        The direct election of Senators was passed in the Progressive era (which, by the way, was a Republican thing back then) as a way to keep Senators from being beholden to state legislators. Now it’s worse, because each Senator is beholden to their national Senate campaign fund. The state they represent has little influence over them.

        The progressive era also gave us things like the primary process and a national income tax. They’ve all been corrupted by the people in government.

  7. HELENK3 says:

    the dems told him he was not king of the hill.

    hissy fit to start in 3—2—-1 blastoff

      • DeniseVB says:

        My first childhood crush was Danny Kaye. Such a sweet and silly man ❤

        • HELENK3 says:

          I lied about my age and got a job as an usherette at a downtown moviehouse. thought i would see all different movies. saw the movie Hans Christian Anderson, over and over and over. i knew the dialog by heart

          • DeniseVB says:

            My grandfather took me to see this movie at Radio City Music Hall, with the Rockettes! I watch it every time they play it on tv at Christmas time. Yes, that’s George Clooney’s Aunt Rosemary co-starring 😉

  8. Myiq2xu says:
    • DeniseVB says:

      A “reporter” from a tabloid show called “Extra” ? Was Obama filming an infomercial with someone who can’t even get a job with health benefits? Sigh.

  9. DeniseVB says:

    Carly ad ….. I think she stole the Dem playbook 😀

  10. Myiq2xu says:

    That is a strange definition of “suffered”.

  11. angienc says:

    More Rachel Dolezal fuckery — video #1 “damanwitdahorn” (boyfriend (?); husband (?) ) made for her birthday (spoiler alert — someone explain the salmon dinner shot to me): WATCH BEFORE THEY ARE TAKEN DOWN!!!

    • angienc says:

      Video #2:

      • Lulu says:

        Histrionic narcissistic personality disorder features “I so sexy” as a symptom. Also a symptom is lots of lying. A whole lot. She really reminds me of Mattress Girl.

        • Lulu says:

          I have seen children develop all kinds of behavior and mental issues which carry into adulthood when their parents adopt a bunch of kids (disadvantaged, orphans, in this case black African children) who switch their interest to the new kids and ignore the old kids. It is heartbreaking to watch and the old kids feel abandoned, resort to outrageous antics to get SOME kind of attention, and often wind up breaking with the parents. While adopting needy kids is good their old kids don’t seem to have any input and are accused of being selfish for just being kids who want their parents’ affection and attention. This woman appears to have tried to turn herself black for attention because that is what got the attention at home. It is sad.

  12. I’ve got you covered in the morning, Klown. Post is already scheduled.

  13. Dora says:

    Here we go again!

    Sessions: ‘A Vote for TAA Next Week Is a Vote to Send Fast-Track to The President’s Desk’

    • Myiq2xu says:

      This ain’t my first rodeo. Bad bills are like zombies. They won’t stay dead.

      The perfect example can be found in Magic Inc. by Robert Heinlein.

  14. Dora says:

    FEDERAL COURT TO IRS: Produce Lois Lerner Emails… Today!

    By Judicial Watch

    • Lulu says:

      They won’t do it until people start going to jail including the lawyers. I read that one of the reasons Obama seems to have abandoned his coercive personnel policies towards INS employees to force them to carry out his executive orders is that they and their union made it clear they are not going to jail for violating a federal court injunction to please him and his political appointees who are heading these agencies. Their power is petering out and there is going to be a lot of kicking on the way down in retaliation for the kicking on the way up.

  15. HELENK3 says:

    hack of government employee records discovered by product demo not by the feds.

    Gee, i wonder why I do not feel secure?

    • Lulu says:

      The security is outsourced and contracts given to cronies who are shitheads and crooks. Actual security is the least of these contractors concerns. They farm fed contracts for money. Think Obamacare website level competence. Whoever is responsible for this pathetic level of incompetence will receive ZERO consequences.

  16. Dora says:

    New gun control demand: Photos, fingerprints, background check before handgun purchase
    House and Senate Democrats have opened a campaign to get states to require a license issued by police, complete with fingerprints and photos, before buying a handgun, even from a friend or family member.

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