Ace has been on fire lately:
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.