The Republican House and Senate leadership have a lot invested in the TPP, and so do many very powerful industry interests. The “free trade” agreement has been in negotiations for years. Many a lobbyist has a bonus riding on this legislation.
As we said a couple of weeks ago some of the worst bills become law just before summer vacation or Christmas when no one is paying attention and all the lawmakers just want to go home.
I remember in college my professor explaining to us that the US system of government was too slow. That it was inherently difficult – too difficult he argued. A parliamentary system was much better and would allow “things to get done.” My professor, it was clear resented the restrictions placed on government by the Constitution.
One gets the sense that Obama feels the same way.
It is fair to say that the Republic is in serious peril and that this president has done GREAT damage to this country.
The silver lining to the Obama presidency has been that many people have finally become aware of what our system of government is supposed to look like. Many more people have read the Constitution since Obama came in than before. For too long Americans took our system for granted. It has taken an accelerated assault on the Bill of Rights and our founding document generally – from the White House – to wake at least a large minority up.
We are not creating new businesses in the USA at the rate we used to. A mixture of factors has contributed to this (as is pointed out in the attached article) but crony capitalism and overegulation (the two are tied) are the chief culprits in my estimation.
It’s always been hard to start a business. It’s always been hard to take an idea, make it grow, and then make it grow profitably. But in an increasingly crony and regulated economy it’s even harder. It’s one thing to have a short stack at a poker table. It’s something different to have the short stack while the big stack established firms get to change the rules of the game and take some of your stack with each hand.
Many of us in 2008 watched the election in disbelief. Some people really were buying what Obama was selling. A lot of people were buying it. And given that the main alternative was John McCain it almost made sense.
Soon the most statist president in a generation, a product of Alinskyite Chicago politics no less, was in the White House.
What many of our friends on the more statist side of the political spectrum don’t understand is that people didn’t throw up because Obama was a black guy. I think a conservative or even generally moderate black president would have been pretty warmly received by many of the folks our lefty friends are sure are hiding Klan robes in the back closet.
It was that Obama was/is a demagogue and a polarizer. That his language was and is steeped in the cultural Marxism of the PC university. It was that he wanted to “fundamentally transform” this country. OK, transform it from what? America was a pretty prosperous place – even with the “Great Recession.”
Pretty much everyone I think saw Obama’s “executive amnesty” move as at best a power grab and at worst, well, something much worse. But it looks like Obama’s plans are dead on this front. He can still appeal to the Supreme Court but that body has been quite critical of this administration as Obama and Co.have sought to expand executive power in recent years.
The unions don’t like it. Many libertarians and free market types don’t like it. But Obama and the Chamber of Commerce are keen. Something smells here.
Something else to keep in mind. Just because something is called free trade doesn’t mean it actually is free trade. My bet, and the author alludes to this, is that the agreement will be full of crony nooks and crannies. Nooks and crannies some would prefer the public not learn about.
Until it’s too late.
Ron Paul has long been ahead of the curve. He anticipated the 2008 financial crisis. His “Ron Paul Revolution” was the seed which grew into the robust and mainstream libertarian tendency within the GOP we see today. And he was right on Iraq—it was a mistake of colossal proportions.
But while Ron Paul was predicting a Fed created economic catastrophe and outlining why it was that invading Iraq was wrong and indeed anathema to what America was supposed to stand for, the GOP was fully engaged in disavowing the spirit of Ronald Reagan (spirit) and embracing a big government philosophy.
The Bush years were years of big government “conservatism.” The neocon coup.
Iraq in many ways is what broke the modern—William F. Buckley, Jack Kemp, Ronald Reagan—conservative movement. Bush blew it up just like so many bridges across the Tigris.
Obama thinks that the small government people “just don’t get it.” They don’t know the reality he knew (second hand after Occidental, Harvard, and Columbia of course) as he was slumming around in Chicago while he was preening for his political career.
I have news for you Mr. President, many Fox News (an organization with which I have HUGE issues) viewers out there have a much more real understanding of poverty than you will EVER know.
I was at a meeting in Washington right after Snowden had revealed some of what we now know about the NSA spying on Americans when the phone intercom system went out, made a bit of noise, and then cut back on again. The presenter joked that it was the NSA listening in.
Of course it wasn’t the NSA – I would have pitied the poor guy who had to listen to that meeting on tax policy, I barely made it through the afternoon – but the joke reflected something which I’d never seen before. A sort of gallows humor about the emerging and newly revealed surveillance state. It made me very uneasy then, and it still does.
Good. For crying out loud, somebody should.
I hope that one day we will look back on the Patriot Act in the way we look back on Prohibition now, a huge mistake which gave away too much power to government and undermined the very spirit of what it means to be American.*