In recent weeks there’s been a bit of controversy in Washington over an “alphabet soup” of legislation and tactics all dealing with trade issues. It is a headache at the very least — so much in fact as now the Iranian Nuclear Treaty is being governed by legislation through our Congress, although we must endure lowball, conniving, tactics of which the Obama administration is so famous for.
Amid the clamor and uproar, Americans should be aware that Congress is working to bring back an expensive program that has been shown to hurt American workers—and they’re trying to push it through by tacking it to important legislation.
We fail to see the benefit of introducing any “new and improved” program that entails hurting American workers; moreover, trying to push this through by tacking it to “important legislation” is equated as doing the same thing as being able to pass the buck or seem as working in a bipartisan fashion. What has been going on in Washington is basically decision-making by an unfit POTUS (Barack Obama) and a Congress that lacks any resemblance of a backbone.
Author’s note: Thank the good, omnipotent Lord for memory. I am suggesting that the ways in which the mainstream media brutalized President George Bush, the younger, in his last two years of his leadership and presidency to procure more mental instability, not knowing what the heck is going on, as well as looking to blame everyone else for one’s own narcissistic arrogance in Barack Obama. What I encourage every person in the world to do is have a stroll down memory lane and ask yourselves: Are we better off now?
The Trade Promotion Authority is an agreement by the House and Senate with the president to “fast track” future trade bills and ensure they get an up-or-down vote in Congress. It is being brought up again to help along trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.
Please folks understand that nothing good or constructive ever happened as a result of “fast-tracking” especially when involved with anything remotely having to do with our Trade Agreements.
Free trade is certainly a good thing. In fact, it is one of the four principle columns (virtues) that was in the Framer’s design for this country. But some liberals in Congress who are less than enthusiastic about free trade insisted that Trade Promotion Authority only be passed if it is accompanied by a reauthorization of the Trade Adjustment Assistance program. The purpose of the TAA is ostensibly to pay and train workers who can prove they lost their jobs to foreign competition.
The Trade Adjustment Assistance program fails to train displaced workers well, and that TAA training participants make less money after training than non-participants, a finding confirmed by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
Ronald Reagan rightly noted that “no government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear.” Stopping reauthorization of bad programs is one of the few opportunities available to Americans for scaling back big government.