Why We Must Oppose TPA, TAA and TPP

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TPP is the goal, a wide ranging set of enforceable rules to assure a level playing field for American interests doing business around the Pacific Rim. Among those enforceable rules, as stated by President Obama who calls it “the most progressive trade deal in history“:

  • “Strong enforceable provisions for workers, preventing things like child labor”
  • “Strong enforceable provisions on the environment”
  • “Preventing wildlife trafficking or deforestation or dealing with our oceans”

He says, “these are enforceable in the agreement”. I agree, because I read and understand the U.S. Constitution.

He [the president] shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur” – Article II, Section 2

President Obama needs no further authority than the above to make a treaty. So, why does he beg Congress to give additional authority? The Constitution yields no authority whatsoever to the House of Representatives in this respect. Let’s read further from our Constitution.

The judicial Power [of the Judiciary] shall extend to all Cases, in Law and Equity, arising under this Constitution, the Laws of the United States, and Treaties made, or which shall be made, under their Authority;—to all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls;—to all Cases of admiralty and maritime Jurisdiction;—to Controversies to which the United States shall be a Party…” – Article III, Section 2

I remind you it was the Judiciary that ruled ObamaCare “constitutional”, despite the fact it is not so. You see, Justice Roberts yielded to the administration’s argument that it is a tax and Congress has the power to tax. What he in his ignorance failed to recognize is the taxation in ObamaCare originated in the Senate and not in the House, as per Article I, Section 7. It was an earlier Supreme Court that declared the murder of infants within the womb “constitutional”, leading to the deaths of over 53 million American children. But, let’s go forward.

This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land...” – Article VI, paragraph second

As the President clearly stated, this trade deal is “the most progressive trade deal in history“.

After passage of NAFTA, over 1,000,000 American jobs evaporated into thin air. Actually, they evaporated over our borders. Here in Rockwall, I was witness to the relocation of Rockwall jobs to Tijuana, Mexico when the local aluminum plant relocated its aluminum extrusion machinery and equipment to that city south of the border. FactCheck.org disagrees, but qualifies by saying the numbers are unsure. Let’s look to our employment picture for a reasonable assessment.

One cannot rely on the published unemployment rate, because of the variability of the means by which it is calculated. A better measure is the United States Labor Force Participation Rate which was at 62.9% in April. A little math reveals true unemployment in America: 100% – 62.9% = 37.1%.

37.1% of able-bodied American workers are unemployed. This compares to 24.9% in 1933. The Trade Adjustment Act (TAA) part of this ongoing business in Congress was first past in 1974 and extended in 2011 to compensate for jobs lost overseas. TAA assumes that massive losses of jobs can be compensated through extended unemployment benefits and re-training of workers to do different types of work. How is that working for us now? As of March of this year SNAP (Food Stamp) recipients numbered 45,641,762.

Various news sources have been reporting on a dramatic rise in applications for disability payments. Apparently, this dramatic rise has within it elements of fraud, but regardless the cause of the rise, it’s happening. It’s real. And, it points more to a vacuous job market.

I don’t propose “protectionist” measures. I do propose a sound defeat of TPA in the Senate and a sound defeat of TPP there, also. If we set ourselves up for our laws to be governed by foreign interests, and you can bet your sweet bippy that is precisely what will happen, if passed, then we lose our sovereignty. The United States of America is the only nation on the face of the earth that somewhat reliably follows the rule of law. China, Vietnam and all other Asian-Pacific countries do not. They are parliamentary forms of governments that can change internal laws on a whim. 

Finally, my chief complaint is this silly notion promoted in Congress by Republicans is we can trust Obama to follow the law. Accountability they call it. Really? At this point in time, how is it working for us in Congressional hearings? This scandalous administration has demonstrated disdain for our Constitution, the Rule of Law and refused accountability from January 20, 2009 to this present time.

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There are many others who object on the grounds of internet freedom, copyright laws and other matters. I urge you to research and THINK for yourself.

We have a president who says “climate change” is a greater threat to us than Middle East terrorists. He openly says he has no plan to deal with ISIS, but he has a plan to ban trans fats. He and his wife have squandered over $44,000,000 on their private vacations. This sitting president cannot be trusted to do what is right for American citizens.

I urge all American voters, Democrat, Republican and Libertarian, to tell our U.S. Senators to OPPOSE TPA, TPP and TAA. Let’s now craft trade agreements that are good for America.

Thank you,

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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