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The Trans-Pacific Partnership Achilles Heel?
Published by NextNewsNetwork
WASHINGTON DC | President Obama’s pledge to forge huge free trade deals may conflict with his party loyalties. Furthermore, the way these trade deals work virtually guarantees that the president will negotiate them without Congressional oversight. The Constitution gives Congress the authority to properly regulate trade with foreign nations. But several Congress members have complained they’re being kept in the dark.
The New York Times reports that Obama wants to finalize the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal in greater Asia. But that’s not all. The president also is pursuing a U.S.-European Union trade agreement supported by NATO, the Brookings Institution, Bilderberg Group members and other globalist jet-setters.
These two trade pacts cover an enormous part of the world’s population and GDP. Together, they make NAFTA look like chump change. But, like NAFTA, they threaten to further pillage national economies and create more poverty while the world’s top elite reap most of the rewards.
But beyond negotiating these deals without Congress, the president is getting his pants caught on a nail regarding party politics. It seems these trade deals conflict with Obama’s more immediate political goal of maintaining unity among fellow Democrats. Many Democrats believe that these free trade agreements will harm the economy and destroy Democratic Party efforts to enhance income equality.
Furthermore, Democrats fear a backlash from these trade deals in midterm House and Senate elections.
Free trade agreements typically are put into force with strong Republican backing. Democrats have the honor of saying their party is less to blame for inflicting these trade deals on the nation. After over 10 years of NAFTA, the hand writing is on the wall that these trade deals spell bad news for the manufacturing sector and the middle class.
If the president wants to save face with his party and the American people, he’s in a tough position. Given high employment and several other problems during the Great Recession, this is one case in which party politics and constitutional considerations could combine to slow down the pace of these trade deals.
That would buy precious time for Congress and the American people to lay the groundwork for the possible defeat of these and other trade deals.
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Obama in front of Jefferson’s Monticello: “That’s the good thing about being president, I can do whatever I want.” (Video)0
Obama in front of Jefferson’s Monticello: “That’s the good thing about being president, I can do whatever I want.” (Video)
To say such a thing even if he thinks it at Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson is amazingly arrogant. Has he no understanding of context? We try to give this the President the benefit of the doubt when we can but this comment I think reflects a contempt for the American people.
Some will argue that it was just a flip statement, and indeed I think it was. But it reflects where Mr. Obama is psychologically (to some degree.) To say such a thing on camera, at Monticello, is just terribly poor taste. Isn’t Mr. Obama supposed to be a “scholar.” Has he no idea what it means for a sitting president to say such a thing while strolling with the Socialist president of France? Did it not occur to him.
Sadly, it probably didn’t.
I suppose since he has been able to get away with changing the Obamacare law extraconstitutionally 27 times (so far), benefiting mostly large business interests and political allies, he might feel a little full of himself.
What a banner day for United States.
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Obama being Sworn in as President in Private and Secret without Press on Sunday January 20th. Why no Press allowed?7
This is something that is absolutely bizarre.
It seems that Obama will be sworn in as President in private (secret) without the Press being allowed to view to video it. They will release photos that the White House Press photographer will take, after it is done.
WHY? Seriously… how come the secrecy? Why won’t they allow it to be videoed?
Excuse me BUT…. this is our country and Obama is suppose to work for us! Also he supposedly was going to be the most transparent President….
I know that is a laugh, just like all those empty 2008 promises that were out the window…
Besides all his Bull**** things he had said he would do for the people, yet out Bushed Bush and since has been the most self centered non-producing nor liberty President in our history. In fact he will be going down as the worst President ever and taking the U.S. down into the gutters with debt and lies…
He is now going to be sworn in to what amounts as secrecy due to no outside press or disclosure of the swearing in?
What type of swearing in will be done? The normal? If it was the normal why can’t there be press there?
So if there is no allowing of public disclosure of the swearing in, that then begs the question and leaves to the imagination…. what type of swearing in will it actually be? A swearing in of a dictatorship? A swearing in using something other than the Bible? A swearing in without saying he will follow the “constitution” of the United States? A swearing in of an abnormal ceremony?
Yes a lot of things are left to the imagination of how Obama will be sworn in as the President of our country.
Considering it is our country and we the people are who make the country great, not the politicians. We have a right to see the swearing in of the person that was placed as President.
Obama has no right to have this in private nor secret of what is said and how it is done.
“Mindful of the historic nature of this occasion, we expect the White House will continue the long tradition of opening the President’s official swearing-in to full press access, and we as an organization are looking forward to working with the administration to make that happen,” Ed Henry, the Fox News correspondent and president of the White House Correspondents Association, said in a statement.
In early meetings with the inaugural committee, officials privately indicated to reporters that the Jan. 20 event could be closed to reporters and cameras, with an official photograph supplied to press by White House photographer Pete Souza,
The White House press corps acknowledges that nothing is set in stone. But even the possibility of a closed-press inauguration has stirred up immense frustration among the White House press corps, who note that past Sunday inaugurations were open to press.
“Call me shell-shocked. I’m stunned that this is even an issue; it boggles the mind,” NBC News White House correspondent Chuck Todd told POLITICO. “This is not their oath, this is the constitutional oath. It’s not for them. It’s for the public, the citizens of the United Sates. It just boggles the mind — How is this even a debate?”
So….. what are we to think that this President is wanting to be sworn in secretly/privately? It sure does make the imagination run wild with all those “conspiracies” out there about him not really having the United States best interest in his heart and mind.
We the People of these United States of which this country was founded on the Constitution of the United States have a right to see the person who is going to be leading the United States as President for the next four years… Sworn in to do that duty for the Citizens of these United States! He is our employee and he is suppose to do the bidding of the people who live by the constitution of these United States! We demand to have a fully publicly viewed Swearing in of Obama to confirm he will stand by the Constitution of which this country was founded!
Unreal, but no longer unbelievable anymore. If this happens and does not outrage the people I feel we live in a nation of zombies. Remember 2009 when Obama had to be sworn in twice, the second time in the Map Room of the White House.
Protesters clashed with police outside the Mexican Congress in Mexico City on Saturday, as the country’s new president, Enrique Pena Nieto, took the oath of office.
Hundreds of demonstrators threw Molotov cocktails, firecrackers and rocks at security forces, who responded by using tear gas to disperse the crowd.
At least two protesters were injured, one seriously and a police officer with a bleeding face was taken for medical treatment, according to law enforcement agencies.
Mexican authorities erected security barriers around the Congress several days ago in anticipation of protests by groups opposed to Nieto and the return of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) to power.
Forty-six year old Nieto, who will have the top job during the next six years, won the presidential election on July 1st by a narrow margin, with his victory has exposed deep divisions within the Mexican society.
The president-elect has took over at midnight in a symbolic ceremony after campaigning as the new face of the PRI, repentant and restructured after the party was voted out of the presidency in 2000. The PRI had ruled for 71 years with a mix of populist handouts, graft and rigged elections.
After the oath-taking, the new president delivered his inaugural speech at the historic National Palace in the city’s downtown, promising to govern democratically with transparency.
But his first act in charge shows a strong link to the past. In announcing his Cabinet on Friday, he turned to the old guard as well as new technocrats to run his administration.
Published on Nov 29, 2012 by breakingtheset
Abby Martin returns from her trip to Haiti and goes over her interview with former US President Jimmy Carter and their discussion about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the erosion of the rule of law in the US.
It seems I have recently heard some of these same sentiments spoken by the only honest and non warmongering presidential candidate the last two election cycles, Dr. Ron Paul!
Published on Sep 4, 2012 by BenSwannRealityCheck
Ben Swann Reality Check talks one on one with President Obama and asks about the so called Presidential Kill List
The 2012 Republican National Convention will primarily serve as the coronation of Mitt Romney as the party’s nominee for president.
Many prominent Republicans will make speeches explaining exactly how Mitt Romney and only Mitt Romney (ok, Paul Ryan too) will save America from the inevitable doom which comes free with Barack Obama. A few of them will be hoping to have their 2004 Boston moment where they burst onto the national stage as a fresh face ready to roll up his sleeves and change the way politics are done in four years. Should Romney not win, of course. Which would be tragic according to everyone in attendance.
What differentiates this convention from most pep rallies is the current fight for the soul of the Republican Party. Ron Paul and his supporters have amassed a fair share of the delegates, and they aren’t going down without letting their voices be heard despite attempts from the Romney campaign to ensure otherwise. After eight years of big government “conservatism” perpetuated by George Bush and the Republican House and Senate, the Tea Party finally stood up to both parties in 2010 and demanded that government live within its means. The battle has even found its way into the ticket, with Paul Ryan rhetorically endorsing fiscal restraint.
My question for the week: how much will Republicans embrace liberty and individual government versus demagoguing Mitt Romney? Stay tuned to the convention and check in here to find out.
Mohammed Mursi has been sworn in as Egypt’s first civilian, democratically elected president at a historic ceremony in Cairo.
Hours after the ceremony, he was saluted by Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, leader of the military council which is handing over power.
Mr Mursi has promised to restore the parliament dissolved by the military.
In a speech at Cairo University, the Muslim Brotherhood politician said the army must respect the people’s will.
He will have to sort out a very difficult relationship with an entrenched military, regional analyst Magdi Abdelhadi says.
The regime of former President Hosni Mubarak is still largely intact and many in it will not work with the new president, he adds.
Overthrown in February last year after mass pro-democracy demonstrations, Mubarak was sentenced to life imprisonment at the beginning of this month for failing to prevent the killing of protesters by the security forces.
Egypt, the biggest Arab nation, is a key US ally in the region, as well as one of the few states in the Arab world to maintain diplomatic relations with Israel.
Egypt’s election commission announced the official results in a televised press conference, naming Muslim Brotherhood candidate Morsi as the first post-revolution president.
The commission chairman also spoke at length on Sunday about the various violations made by voters, including fake identity cards and ballot stuffing. In all cases, the votes were either recounted or disqualified.
In the end, Morsi received over 13 million or 51.7% of the votes, while his main rival, former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq, got 48.27 percent.
A huge crowd of Morsi’s supporters, who were waiting for the announcement on Tahrir Square, erupted into cheers and chants as the result was read.
Fernando Lugo: Paraguay’s democracy ‘profoundly wounded’
Supporters of ousted Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo protest on the streets of Asunción.
The former president of Paraguay has accepted Congress’ decision to remove him from office after a lightning-quick impeachment trial.
But in a televised speech he took aim at those behind the move to impeach him and said that Paraguay’s democracy had been ‘profoundly wounded’.
“Today it is not Fernando Lugo who is deposed, it is Paraguayan history. Its democracy has been profoundly wounded. All its principles of defence have been transgressed in a cowardly, treacherous way and I hope that its executors recognise the gravity of their deeds,” he said.
Mr Lugo was found guilty of mishandling armed clashes over a land eviction where 17 police and peasant farmers were killed last week.
The Senate voted 39-4 to remove him the day after lawmakers in the lower house agreed in a sudden, near-unanimous vote to impeach him.
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