It took just a few days after the stunning defeat of Obama's attempt to fast-track the Trans Pacific Partnership bill in the Senate at the hands of his own Democratic party, before everything returned back to normal and the TPP fast-track was promptly passed. Why? The simple answer: money. Or rather, even more money.
Because while the actual contents of the TPP may be highly confidential, and their public dissemination may lead to prison time for the "perpetrator" of such illegal transparency, we now know just how much it cost corporations to bribe the Senate to do the bidding of the "people." In the Supreme Court sense, of course, in which corporations are "people."
According to an analysis by the Guardian, fast-tracking the TPP, meaning its passage through Congress without having its contents available for debate or amendments, was only possible after lots of corporate money exchanged hands with senators. The US Senate passed Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) – the fast-tracking bill – by a 65-33 margin on 14 May. Last Thursday, the Senate voted 62-38 to bring the debate on TPA to a close.
Those impressive majorities follow months of behind-the-scenes wheeling and dealing by the world’s most well-heeled multinational corporations with just a handful of holdouts.
Using data from the Federal Election Commission, the chart below (based on data from the following spreadsheet) shows all donations that corporate members of the US Business Coalition for TPP made to US Senate campaigns between January and March 2015, when fast-tracking the TPP was being debated in the Senate.
The result: it took a paltry $1.15 million in bribes to get everyone in the Senate on the same page. And the biggest shocker: with a total of $195,550 in "donations", or more than double the second largest donor UPS, was none other than Goldman Sachs.
The summary findings:
The amounts given rise dramatically when looking at how much each senator running for re-election received.
Two days before the fast-track vote, Obama was a few votes shy of having the filibuster-proof majority he needed. Ron Wyden and seven other Senate Democrats announced they were on the fence on 12 May, distinguishing themselves from the Senate’s 54 Republicans and handful of Democrats as the votes to sway.
All in gov't including the Pres. should face charges of TREASON and High Crimes and Misdemeanors for failing to OBEY the Constitution. Its job is to control the power of the gov't given to them by the People for the people and not big corps. " A nation can survive its fools and even its ambitious, BUT it cannot survive TREASON from WITHIN . " Cicero 42 B.C.
What you are not disclosing about Cruz's work against this bill was his attempt to offer an Amendment that would have forced Iran to backtrack on their intent to destroy Israel. All attempts to offer any amendment were cut off by McConnell. Cruz's wife has taken a leave of absence from her work. In the future expand you scope of criticism that also offers full disclosure.
I'm sorry for not disclosing what you referenced, but I don't understand its relevance. It's fact that Ted Cruz voted "yea" to Fast Track Barry's trade authority regarding the TPP. This means he voted to allow Barry to negotiate the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal, while Congress CAN'T add any amendments (that is the definition of Fast-Track Authority). So, if Cruz was fighting so hard for the amendment you referenced, why didn't he vote "nay" to TPA?
As for his wife taking a leave of absence? Well that would mean she still IS a VP of Goldman Sachs, just not involved in day-to-day operations. I'm sorry but in this day and age of corruption (article above is just the tip of the iceberg I'm sure), a leave of absence doesn't really ease my mind.
I know it's hard to accept that our entire political system has been bought and infiltrated by treason, especially when a few of them give GREAT SPEECHES, but that's all it is, a show. If our Constitution (the most dusty item on Capitol Hill) was still being used, the usurper Barry would have already been impeached and brought up on charges of high crimes and misdemeanors.
As for the TPP itself? Well this will most likely (since I haven't read it like the rest of the public and I'm sure most in Congress) provide the final death blow to our middle class and threaten American Sovereignty. Just study the effects of NAFTA. Exports slightly increased, while imports into the country have skyrocketed. Basically, our major corporations will move more factories to places like Vietnam (where they can pay workers $0.73 and hour) to produce their products, and then ship them back to the US. This will make us even more of a zombie nation: No Production, Only Consumption. This will break America's back; you think the first quarters GDP of 0.2% was bad, just wait.
God Bless and Good Luck Fellow Patriot
We live in a time when everything is for sale. And the most willing to sell out is OUR Congress.
Lets just have a New Revolution....overthrow the A-Holes currently running the government and re-institute all the original laws provided in the Bill of Rights the Dec. of Indep. and the Constitution THEN Add to it certain Articles that really do mean something. Hunt down the progressives in our universities and those teaching K-12. Close our borders but have proper Immigration based on our laws not exec orders.
Hang the whole lot.............. and get back to restoration of who and what America really is all about.
TREASON ABOUNDS!!! IT DANCES TO THE TUNE OF THE FUNDING. I will not donate to any of them.
Goddamn RINOs sold us out AGAIN! When will we EVER learn?