Barack Obama: Dick Cheney’s Evolving Unitary Executive

by Scott Creighton

Kevin Zeese got one thing right when he recently sat down with Jay Paul for an interview on his Real News Network: the entire debate and voting process in congress surrounding the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill was choreographed from the start.

Aside from that, he misses the point completely. Worse still, in his tried and true fashion, he attempts to spin a loss into our victory.

Watching that interview it occurred to me just how important professional “opposition” leaders like Zeese are to the establishment. While he kept saying over and over again that we “got” “an additional” 60 days to stop bad trade agreements like the TPP, TTIP and TISA, he never once mentioned the real horror behind the the TPA: it is nothing more than Dick Cheney’s “unitary executive” theory playing itself out under the left cover of Barack H. Obama and right before another Bush is ushered into the oval office.

Paul Ryan and a number of others who support Fast Track trade promotion authority have been running saying that this is not that big of a deal; that Fast Track authority has been something all presidents since Roosevelt have been granted.

That’s not exactly true.

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