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A ‘Path To Yes’ On Trade, But Paul Ryan Blocks It


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A ‘Path To Yes’ On Trade, But Paul Ryan Blocks It

Dave Johnson

The “fast track” trade bill introduced last week by Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has a number of problems. It sets aside Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution and essentially pre-approves the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) before the public and most of Congress even sees it. Unfortunately, the Senate bill does not specify firm and sufficient objectives to make TPP a trade bill that could work for 99 percent of Americans.


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Although there are good people attempting to work from within the US government, the net result remains the same;

The US government is a terrorist enemy of all humanity and Earth.


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i think the "corporate masters" who make Johnson try to present this shit sandwich as a healthy lunch are the AFL-CIO, and Johnson's affinity for "mainstream" labor in the USA.

His two closing paragraphs make clear he knows "Right Track" is bad, he acknowledges "if the bill’s objectives were fully met in TPP, that does not make TPP a particularly good trade bill for people who work for a living, the environment, consumers and other “stakeholders."

But since "The AFL-CIO had backed the right track alternative, saying in a letter to Congress that it “represents a strong improvement over traditional Fast Track legislation..."" mmm, delicious lunch!


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Paul Ryan and Obama are a very effective tag team, accelerating the 1%'s agenda.


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I can imagine Mr Johnson wrting an article in 1863 suggesting there a better way to slavery and there should be reviews done by Congress as to how many people are flogged by their masters each year whislt claiming the moral high ground because he opposes the notion that slaves should be flogged whenever the owner wishes meme advanced by the Paul Ryan of the day.


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Good article, Mr. Johnson. Of course, in everything from State Surveillance to the rising financial tide aimed--against gravity--to the tippy top of the fiscal pyramid, the LAST thing that the 1% wants is fair and equal input.

A New World Order based on a handful of broadcast corps., food producers, bankers, and private militias are being positioned to essentially dominate, if not imprison the masses. This diabolical tide WILL turn and all of the tightening screws now being applied ARE creating an equal and opposite FORCE reaction to all of these disastrous anti-Democratic processes, protocols, and policies. Meanwhile, in a fair and just society your closing paragraph would be the WAY things got done:

"Trade can work for all stakeholders and can be a tool to lift general prosperity, democracy, environmental protection and the general welfare on all sides of trade borders. But to do that would require beginning with a process that has those stakeholders at the table, with those issues as the objectives of the negotiations."


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You are not paying attention. The U.S. government's paid political players are working for global elites. This is not about flaws in one government, per se. It's about the covert take-over of much of human life by a number of incredibly wealthy, influential, and controlling corporations. The goals are about GLOBAL controls.


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The bastards are going to pass the bill. It's as much a done deal as "Obama care," the planned wars, the bankster bailout, Citizens United, total surveillance and the militarization of U.S. police departments.

Johnson is reporting on those few--within a totally corrupted system-- who are trying to mitigate the damage. Blaming him for setting the fire (with lots of help from Ando and "the gang") takes attention away from those who set the blaze.

Come to think of it, it's totally of the same mindset that critiques the kid shot down rather than the out-of-control police who are doing the shooting. In both instances, the Status Quo built by, for, and of The Dominators is held in place.


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There's an old adage that goes something like this: "Why'd you rob the bank?" Answer: "Cause that's where the $ is."

So while I notice how well you wove points I've been making for some time into your "narrative," it still seeks to blame citizens for "who they voted for."

However, as to this idea of why "we" vote for the inordinately limited sample of candidates propped up, it's because they know where (and have access) to where the $ is. Apart from rare examples like that of Seattle, it takes mega bucks to run a successful campaign. MONEY controls the process from start to finish. I've made this point at least 1000 times here; however, so long as The Tag Team shows up to try to make it about "The People" and thereby prop up the façade that our nation's elections are viable, I will have to once more counter their propagandistic pro-power-of-State arguments: The number 1 talking Point repeated often.


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Where do i "blame him for setting the fire"? As is typical for you, you simply make shit up, in order to enable you to "justifiably" fling shit at people.


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"The bastards are going to pass the bill. It's as much a done deal as "Obama care," the planned wars, the bankster bailout, Citizens United, total surveillance and the militarization of U.S. police departments."

The people i work with who are on the ground in the trenches fighting like hell against Fast Track and the TPP disagree with you. They believe that we have a chance to stop this thing this time.

Please let us know what work you are doing to stop Fast Track and the TPP.

By the way, that's a rhetorical question, since i'm sure you are doing NOTHING to stop Fast Track and the TPP.


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What a great idea !


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Agreed. Although the media tries to convince us otherwise, gridlock only exists with legislation that will benefit the 99%. Congress is very effective and not gridlocked in delivering legislation that benefits the 1% at the expense of the 99%.

When The Clinton and others formed the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) in 1985 bipartisanship became defined as concurring with the GOP and 1%. 1986 "tax reform" was the DLC's first sell out that the Party continues to tout as bipartisanship.

In 1993 newly elected President Clinton zealously promoted NAFTA in order to assure that the GOP took over the House of Representatives in 1994 (first time in 40 years) thereby making it easier for Clinton to sign more "bipartisan" legislation. Every time Clinton sold out to the GOP the media called him "a consensus builder".

Obama followed the Clinton model, rushing the ACA to assure that the GOP controls Congress so he can max out on regressive legislation that he and media call "bipartisan".


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As always when anyone calls you on your shit, you become silent. But ignoring the truth does not make it false:
- You make shit up about posters here on a serial basis;
- You unjustifiably make outrageous accusations against posters here on a serial basis;
- You are incapable of EVER acknowledging ANY legitimate critique of your posting;
- You narcissistically assert that anyone who makes a point you have ever made is beholden to you.