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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Congress Promotes Foreign Jobs

The foreign trade bill now before Congress is a massive attack on the U.S. Constitution, on the constitutional powers of Congress and the 50 states, and on U.S. sovereignty. This attack is marketed to the public as "free trade," but it is really a devious plan to make us kowtow to international tribunals under the pretense of "harmonizing" our laws with global trade. This plan was hatched in secret, and even members of Congress were denied access to the negotiations and documents. One of Barack Obama's many lies was his boast that his is "the most transparent administration in history." The formal title of this travesty is the Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty. It is cozily wrapped in a Richard Nixon-era procedure known as Fast Track, which authorizes the U.S. President to make foreign deals in secret, and then force Congress to take a quick vote approving many thousands of pages without debate or amendment. The trade negotiations were developed under military-style secrecy. If Congressmen want to read this treaty, they can do so only by entering the inner sanctum without pen, pencil or paper.

This peculiar procedure is not only undemocratic, it is un-American. Ask your Member of Congress, why would you give Barack Obama any more dictatorial power than he already has manifested by his illegal changes to our welfare, immigration, and Obamacare laws? Understanding what the treaty will do is made difficult by its very complicated wording.

All past experience conclusively proves that free trade treaties create jobs in foreign countries, not in the United States. In the words of the old saying, Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice shame on me. It is shame on every Congressman who votes for another phony free trade treaty.

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