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Obamatrade: Another “Republican” Betrayal




|| By FITSNEWS || In the months since we first addressed president Barack Obama‘s effort to ram a crony capitalist trade deal through the U.S. Congress, this website has documented how the agreement would be bad for the American economy (see HERE and HERE) and especially bad for South Carolina (HERE and HERE).

We’ve also exposed several of the backdoor dangers of advancing such a deal (see HERE and HERE), ripped the secrecy surrounding its negotiations (HERE) and obliterated the myth that it in any way, shape or form represents “free trade” (HERE).

But the “Republican” leadership in Washington, D.C. – which like Obama is beholden to the same set of global financial interests who will reap the benefits of this secretive deal – ignored these realities.  And the so-called “conservative” South Carolina delegation did, too.

The result?  The first key component of “Obamatrade” – so-called “fast track” negotiating authority for Obama’s administration – is now headed to the White House for signature.  That means the U.S. Congress has surrendered its right to debate or amend any trade deal Obama strikes with Pacific Rim nations.  It also means Congress has given up any right to oversee the implementation of the deal after the fact.

It’s another waving of the white flag, in other words …

Among the Palmetto State’s elected representatives in Washington, only U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan stood firm against this monstrosity.  U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney wound up voting the right way – but not before attempting to cut deals in exchange for his support.

Fiscally liberal “Republicans” Tom Rice and Joe Wilson did as expected and supported the measure … joined by so-called “conservatives” Mark Sanford and Trey Gowdy.

With Sanford selling out left and right since returning to Congress in 2013 his latest betrayal wasn’t terribly surprising … but Gowdy?

Sheesh …

In the U.S. Senate, both liberal Lindsey Graham and “conservative” Tim Scott cast votes to move the “fast track” component of Obamatrade to the floor for a vote.  That means no matter how they vote on the actual provision – they have procedurally advanced it.  Which is as good as voting for it.

Unreal …

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: What was the point of sending “Republicans” to Congress if all they do is bend over for Obama?

That’s a good question: One that needs to be put to these so-called “Republicans” in primary elections next fall.