SELLING VOTES ON “OBAMATRADE?” SAY IT AIN’T SO …
|| By FITSNEWS || This website has supported the political ascendancy of U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney for many years … and until recently he’d done little to make us believe our support was ill-placed. In fact a quick search of this website will reveal dozens of instances in which Mulvaney has been praised for consistently taking pro-free market positions – as a member of the S.C. General Assembly from 2007-11 and then as a member of the U.S. Congress since 2011.
But recent months have revealed a disappointing trend.
Mulvaney started off the year by embracing the renomination of U.S. Speaker John Boehner, the serial accommodator of president Barack Obama.
“We’ve never had much use for Boehner, who has been utterly worthless except in two areas: Capitulating … and getting drunk,” we wrote at the time. “Seriously. Name the issue … and Boehner has caved on it. Embarrassingly so.”
And thanks to the votes he received from lawmakers like Mulvaney, the caving has continued.
Which brings us to this week’s disappointment: Mulvaney’s utterly nonsensical, indefensible efforts to cut a “deal” on Obamatrade – a crony capitalist “rigged trade” agreement which this website has relentlessly exposed.
According to reporter Lauren French of Politico, Mulvaney is the lead negotiator between “conservatives” and establishment “Republicans” in the U.S. House over whether to support trade promotion authority (TPA, or “fast track”) for Obama.
TPA would give Obama the authority he needs to ram through a disastrous Asian trade deal known as the “Trans-Pacific Parternship,” or TPP.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: This deal isn’t free trade, it’s government-run trade.
Specifically it’s a sop to Wall Street bailout recipients and Hollywood liberals … coming at the expense of middle class consumers (and the South Carolina farmers he’s supposed to represent).
Mulvaney has no business even considering voting for this nonsense … but he is. In fact he’s actively attempting to cut a deal to deliver Obama his vote – and the votes of several other “conservatives” – on the first (and most critical) part of the trade deal.
“If they are short on the votes and they need to get them, and if leadership could agree to address the issues (from conservatives), then we can deliver between 15 and 25 votes,” Mulvaney said. “If they need those votes, our door is open.”
And what “issues” does Mulvaney want to see addressed?
In exchange for paving the way to a crony capitalist sellout which would affect forty percent of the global economy, Mulvaney claims he could “win” a procedural concession from Boehner regarding the U.S. Export-Import bank, a glorified corporate slush fund this website has also consistently opposed. He also claims he could strip a labor union handout from the trade deal, which is like a homicidal maniac vowing not to kick you in the privates after blowing off your head.
What’s the point if you’re already dead?
“The sad part is he believes this sh*t,” a veteran D.C. operative told FITS. “Shadow boxing and thinking he just kicked Mike Tyson’s ass.”
The operative was just getting warmed up …
“The so-called conservatives – led by Mick Mulvaney who is fast becoming the Caitlyn Jenner of the GOP Caucus – puff out their chests and demand they get a stale crust of bread with their gruel,” the operative said. “Pathetic. With these nonsense ‘demands’ as the opening bid, Boehner and Obama will get them for next to nothing; and make them bark like dogs just for the hell of it.”
Sad … but true.
Mulvaney has become addicted to “the deal” – to playing the insider game. He’s also become addicted to getting along with “Republican” leadership in the House. Rather than stand on principle (the way U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan has done on this issue) he wants to be seen as getting something done – even if that “something” is helping Obama and Boehner deliver a body blow to an already reeling American economy.
That is NOT what Mulvaney was sent to Washington, D.C. to do … nor is it what he said he would do if sent to Washington, D.C.
And make no mistake, if Mulvaney continues trying to put D.C. gamesmanship ahead of the best interests of the people he’s supposed to be representing (like U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford is doing) – he will discover in short order that our criticism is every bit as unrelenting as our accolades.
There is no excuse for true conservatives to support Obamatrade under any circumstances … least of all the peanuts Mulvaney is seeking.
Let’s hope he sees the light and returns to being the free market supporter he’s been in the past.