by Scott Creighton
UPDATE: [maybe they didn’t vote for it. They voted early Tuesday to end debate on Fast Track authority, setting up today’s vote on the final passage of the bill.]
“The 60-37 motion sets up a vote on final passage on Wednesday. If the Senate approves fast-track or trade promotion authority (TPA), it would then be sent to Obama’s desk to become law.” The Hill
UPDATE: Doctors in the UK are demanding their governments remove any mention of the NHS from the TTIP because, they say, the bill seeks to privatize the National Health Services on behalf of US corporations. What they are saying is “leave our single payer healthcare system alone” but Big Business and their Vichy politicians wont have any of that. Privatization in favor of free market capitalism is the whole point of these things.
Congress critters, the White House and Big Business interests like those represented by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are holding their collective breath this morning in anticipation of a procedural vote to take place sometime today in the senate on the Trade Promotion Authority bill (Fast Track) which will give President Peace Prize the ability to push forward his lobbyist written “trade” agreements in the future without giving congress or the people they represent any opportunity to fully debate or change them.
It is being reported that if Fast Track clears the senate today, ObamaGod will rush to sign it into law as early as Wednesday. The bill itself will grant Fast Track authority to the office of the president for a total of 5 years I believe, making sure to hand the same authority over to Jeb Bush once he is finally ushered into office to take his seat at the American throne.
In the House they separated an amendment to the bill that would effectively steal 700 million bucks from the already depleted Medicare budget to pay for the “retraining” of workers displaced by any trade agreements in the future. Don’t tell me they don’t expect to lose jobs with these “trade” bills. Nice isn’t it how they are going to make the poor pay the price for it. The more things change…
It occurs to me that most people, after this talk and all these distractions, have simply lost sight of just how bad this Trade Promotion Authority bill really is on it’s own. Yes, it does give the president unconstitutional power to negotiate and secure trade bills that go far beyond merely managing “trade” with foreign nations. But this thing goes a lot further than that and I just want to remind you guys of that fact before asking you once again to contact your congress critters like we did before in the (irrational?) hope that this is still a nation of the people, by the people and FOR the people.