Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Fast-track to surrender and globalization for America (UPDATES)

Capitulating on Obamacare was just the beginning of the GOP Establishment's deception when they regained power across both Houses of Congress. Just a few weeks back, I wrote about how so many in the GOP, RINO and conservative alike unfortunately, are buying into this ObamaTrade trap. Well, now they're at it again, pushing the Fast Track process towards a final trade bill, and thus surrendering more congressional powers to an imperial president.

Levin asks Chairman Ryan, Speaker Boehner, Majority Leader McCarthy, Majority Whip Scalise, Senate Majority Leader McConnell, 'Why won't you make this public?!'
"The question is, 'What's in the Fast Track bill, Mr. McConnell? Forget about the final trade bill. What's in this bill, the process bill that your keeping from the American people, that your keeping from the people of Kentucky? What's in it? Why is it so secret? Why can't we even know which members of Congress have read it? Because there's stuff that they stuck in this process bill, ladies and gentlemen, that they don't want you to know about. And when they say, 'Don't worry, we'll have a final trade bill, and we'll know everything that's in it,' they will have already surrendered powers that Congress has.

In other words, when they pass this Fast Track bill as the lead up to the trade bill, they will have suspended unilaterally the ability to amend the bill. This is a statute they're passing to prevent them from changing any aspect of this so-called future trade bill.

Now, you'll even hear conservatives say, 'Well, we've done this with every president.' He's not every president! He is a dangerous man. He has usurped the Constitution and the power of Congress. Why are you surrendering power to a man who has seized power from Congress?"
TRS: Mark Levin blasted Republicans today for pushing a Fast Track process bill on trade that massively expands Obama’s executive authority over immigration. The immigration portion is in a part of the bill called TISA and there’s no draft text available for congressmen to read when they go behind closed doors and lock themselves in a room with the super secret Fast Track bill. But we know about it now thanks to Wikileaks.

Levin says Republicans like Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan and John Boehner who refuse to put this secret Fast Track bill before the American people so that we can see what’s in it don’t give a damn about the Constitution.
Same goes for their Obamacare fretting. How could you possibly give a damn about the Constitution, when you seek to protect the unconstitutional?

Mark touched on more of what Wikileaks revealed about Obama's secret trade agreement...
Breitbart: Discovered inside the huge tranche of secretive Obamatrade documents released by Wikileaks are key details on how technically any Republican voting for Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) that would fast-track trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal would technically also be voting to massively expand President Obama’s executive authority when it comes to immigration matters.

The mainstream media covered the Wikileaks document dump extensively, but did not mention the immigration chapter contained within it, so Breitbart News took the documents to immigration experts to get their take on it. Nobody has  figured how big a deal the documents uncovered by Wikileaks are until now.

The president’s Trade in Services Act (TiSA) documents, which is one of the three different close-to-completely-negotiated deals that would be fast-tracked making up the president’s trade agreement, show Obamatrade in fact unilaterally alters current U.S. immigration law. TiSA, like TPP or the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) deals, are international trade agreements that President Obama is trying to force through to final approval. The way he can do so is by getting Congress to give him fast-track authority through TPA.
The reason to remain adamant that both TPA and TPP are equally disastrous deals is because voting for the first (TPA) would essentially ensure the final passage of all the rest through Congress (TPP, T-TIP and TiSA), particularly when considering the history of fast-track's success (any deal that’s ever started on fast-track has been approved).
Roughly 10 pages of this TiSA agreement document leak are specifically about immigration.

“The existence of these ten pages on immigration in the Trade and Services Agreement make it absolutely clear in my mind that the administration is negotiating immigration – and for them to say they are not – they have a lot of explaining to do based on the actual text in this agreement,” Rosemary Jenks, the Director of Government Relations at Numbers USA, told Breitbart News following her review of these documents.

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.

The Senate passed the TPA last month, so it is up to the House to put the brakes on Obama’s unilateral power. The House could vote as early as Friday on fast-track, but may head into next week. By all counts, it’s going to be a very tight vote—and may not pass. It remains to be seen what will happen in light of leaks about things like the immigration provisions of TiSA...
Make sure your Representatives hear you. Melt their phone lines, fill up their inboxes. Tell them, 'NO FAST TRACK!' and use the facts of the leaked info to explain why.

Wikileaks has also released more secrets of ObamaTrade in how the draft alters healthcare, halting Medicare reform. There's some more to make the RINOs & Obama sweat!
Breitbart: WikiLeaks is releasing another part of President Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP).

The Healthcare Annex, according to WikiLeaks, “seeks to regulate state schemes for medicines and medical devices. It forces healthcare authorities to give big pharmaceutical companies more information about national decisions on public access to medicine, and grants corporations greater powers to challenge decisions they perceive as harmful to their interests.”

Dr. Deborah Gleeson, who gave professional review and analysis to WikiLeaks said, “The purported aim of the Annex is to facilitate ‘high-quality healthcare’ but the Annex does nothing to achieve this. It is clearly intended to cater to the interests of the pharmaceutical industry.” Gleeson added, “Nor does this do anything to promote ‘free trade.’”

“The inclusion of the Healthcare Transparency Annex in the TPP serves no useful public interest purpose. It sets a terrible precedent for using regional trade deals to tamper with other countries’ health systems and could circumscribe the options available to developing countries seeking to introduce pharmaceutical coverage programs in the future,” noted Gleeson.

For Americans, it means Congress wouldn’t be able to reform Medicare, reported WikiLeaks. WikiLeaks reports the document isn’t released until four years after the TPP is passed into law.

“The TPP is the world’s largest economic trade agreement that will, if it comes into force, encompass more than 40 percent of the world’s GDP. Despite the wide-ranging effects on the global population, the TPP and the two other mega-agreements that make up the “Great Treaty”, (the TiSA and the TTIP), which all together cover two-thirds of global GDP, are currently being negotiated in secrecy,” notes WikiLeaks.
This is the same kind of ticking timebomb of a takeover as Obamacare, Dodd/Frank, Omnibus schemes, Executive fiat, you name it, all chalked full of backroom deals, payoffs and theft, with one exception: this goes GLOBAL.

Related link: If you don’t like GOP opposition to TPA and TPP, thank Leadership
Fast talk from the fast-track salesmen

ADDENDUM: Levin also talked with Sen. Sessions (R-AL) about just how terrible this move is...
TRS: Jeff Sessions explains to Mark Levin how bad this ObamaTrade bill is, that it even creates an international community that is in many ways similar to how the European Union began, putting us in partnership with 12 countries and giving them the power to make laws or rules that put us in a bind, essentially ceding our sovereignty to them. It is really bad.

Related links: Sessions to House GOP: TPA a Trojan horse for executive action on immigration, climate change; Update: Dem opposition “growing”
Bipartisan Agreement: Foreign Governments Pay Former Senate Leaders to Sell TPP
Paul Ryan: Don’t believe everything you read on the internet about ObamaTrade

UPDATE: This is not good at all. As Sen. Sessions makes final pleas to his congressional colleagues...
Breitbart: Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, is issuing one final clarion call against Obamatrade as the House readies to vote on the matter on Friday.

Sessions’ final “critical alert,” one of several he’s issued throughout the Obamatrade process, shows House Ways and Means Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) has been engaged in deception as he attempts to guide Obamatrade’s passage through the House.

“Promoters of fast-track executive authority have relied on semantic obfuscation in an effort to deny the obvious: the President’s top priority is obtaining fast-track authority because he knows it will expand his powers and allow him to cement his legacy through the formation of a new political and economic union,” Sessions said.
If, as promoters amazingly suggest, the President had more powers without fast-track, he would veto it. The authority granted in “Trade Promotion Authority” is authority transferred from Congress to the Executive and, ultimately, to international bureaucrats. The entire purpose of fast-track is for Congress to surrender its power to the Executive for six years. Legislative concessions include: control over the content of legislation, the power to fully consider that legislation on the floor, the power to keep debate open until Senate cloture is invoked, and the constitutional requirement that treaties receive a two-thirds vote. Legislation cannot even be amended.
It’s unclear what will happen when it does come up for a vote on Friday in the House, but one thing is absolutely certain: Pass or fail, Ryan’s credibility on the right is shot. What’s more, there’s likely to be a conservative grassroots rebellion against establishment Republicans in Washington that may dwarf the one Obamacare caused back in 2010.

Without granting Obama fast-track authority, Sessions notes that Congress remains in charge of trade policy and negotiations. Congress would keep the ability to amend trade deals and the Senate would still have power to filibuster against them—but that’s only if the House shoots down TPA on Friday. If the House passes TPA, there’s no telling what President Obama might do with the new power Congress would be ceding to him.
...some GOP presidential nominees take to newscasts to support fast-track...

...and take to the airwaves to voice opposition to what Sessions is saying, not only supporting TPA, but seemingly warming to the possibilities of TPP!

This is really bad.

UPDATE II: A Republican-majority House PASSES TPA, sorta...ugh.
Breaking: TAA crushed, 126-302; Update: TPA passes 219-211, bill in limbo
However, the TAA portion (Obama's) failed, and Breitbart gives us the rundown:
What it all means: The TAA vote is a huge loss for Obama and the establishment. The president was abandoned by Democrats in general and Pelosi in particular. It’s likely there will be another TAA vote on Tuesday. If that passes, the TPA vote from today stands. If it doesn’t, both are done.
Related link: Obama trade push runs aground as House Democrats derail key bill

ADDENDUM II: COMPLETELY agree with Malkin's assessment...
Obama and the GOP Leadership Are Selling Out America
And just so everyone is crystal clear, 'cause I keep running across the patronization...constitutional conservatives who abhor this understand that TPA and TPP are different entities. We just don't agree with handing over authority or partnership to the most rogue, imperial president under the weakest Republican Party ever!

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