Well, it’s been seven months since the Republicans overwhelmingly took control over both Houses of Congress, and it appears that the old axiom is still correct… meet the new boss, same as the old boss.
Because contrary to the public’s opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty, the sure fire way that the Republican party will always stand with President Obama is when their corporate masters pay them to, and order them to pass or vote on legislation meant to increase power to banks and businesses.
The Senate on Tuesday voted to advance President Obama’s trade agenda, approving a measure to end debate on fast-track authority.
The 60-37 motion sets up a vote on final passage on Wednesday. If the Senate approves fast-track or trade promotion authority (TPA), it would then be sent to Obama’s desk to become law.
Fast-track authority would allow Obama to send trade deals to Congress for up-or-down votes. The White House wants the authority to conclude negotiations on a sweeping trans-Pacific trade deal.
Thirteen Democrats backed fast-track in Tuesday’s vote, handing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) a major legislative victory. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) voted against the procedural motion.
The Democrats cast “yes” votes even though the trade package did not include a workers assistance program for people displaced by increased trade. The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program was a part of the last fast-track package approved by the Senate in May, but became a key part of opposition to the package among Democrats in the House. – The Hill
As you can see from the above list, corporations and lobby groups are giving tons of money to politicians to pass TPP and set the stage for a complete deterioration of sovereign rights over the power to legislate economic and financial issues. However, this is not something new as in the past, banks paid hundreds of millions of dollars to politicians to repeal the Glass-Steagall Act that separated and limited risk speculation in the financial system. And of course, we know now that Congress didn’t even write the Obamacare Act, but that it was done by the insurance industry with politicians simply rubber stamping the finished bill.
Our government is controlled and run by corporations in a fascist model where business and government have merged into one oligarchical State. So when you see the media act as if Republicans and Democrats hate each other on ideological grounds, know that this is and always has been a facade for the public, as both sides are communal partners when it comes to passing anything ordered from the offices of the banks and big business.
Kenneth Schortgen Jr is a writer for Secretsofthefed.com, Examiner.com, Roguemoney.net, and To the Death Media, and hosts the popular web blog, The Daily Economist. Ken can also be heard Wednesday afternoons giving an weekly economic report on the Angel Clark radio show.