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Jeff Duncan: “No” On Obamatrade




|| By FITSNEWS ||  U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan has come out against giving trade promotion authority (TPA) – or “fast track” authority – to the administration of Barack Obama for the purpose of negotiating a new crony capitalist Asian trade agreement.

Duncan announced his intention to vote against the “Obamatrade” provision via a column published on

“For the record, I am generally a free-trade supporter as long as we’ve negotiated a fair deal,” Duncan wrote.  “Helping U.S. businesses gain broader access to foreign markets, while also ensuring that Americans have access to affordable foreign-made consumer goods just makes sense when compared with higher tariffs and American businesses being shut out of certain markets for their products.”

We agree …

So … what’s driving Duncan’s “no” vote?  Easy: His well-placed distrust in the administration of Barack Obama – which would be granted sweeping new authority to impose its radical agenda under the terms of this secretive agreement.

“What has President Obama done to earn my trust and the trust of the American people over the past six years?” he wrote.  “The answer: nothing.”

Duncan rattled off a list of events attesting to Obama’s lack of trustworthiness – including the Benghazi incident, the IRS targeting scandal, the Justice Department’s intimidation of journalists, the Taliban prisoner exchange scandal, Obamacare’s documented manipulations, the executive amnesty scandal and Obama’s ongoing negotiations with Iran.

“So the question remains: what has this Administration done to earn our trust with so much authority? Again, nothing,” Duncan wrote.

There’s also this shot across the bow of equivocating “Republicans” (like South Carolina’s own Mark Sanford) …

Supporters of giving Fast Track Authority to the President will argue that the legislation contains safeguards to ensure that the President honors his commitments to Congress. However, in the past when this President has broken his word and overstepped his authority, when has Congress ever stepped up to stop him?

Wow … exactly.

Huge props to Duncan … who once again showed he is willing to buck his own party leaders in opposing Obama’s anti-competitive agenda.  In fact when the entire South Carolina “conservative” delegation caved to U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner back in January, Duncan was the only one who stood firm.

No wonder his national profile is rising.

Let’s just hope he doesn’t have to stand alone this time …

This website has already exposed how Obamatrade is bad for America (see HERE and HERE) – and how it’s especially bad for South Carolina (HERE and HERE).  It’s time for Duncan’s “conservative” colleagues in the U.S. House to take the same principled stand he just took.

Especially those who claim to support “free trade …