It is not strange that we find few people who truly trust Obama. Though, many in his own party want him to be successful, they do not trusts him to make the right decisions on his own. This is not a strange occurrence because of Obama’s track history. Obama has lied about several things and distorted fact about others. This has fostered an air of mistrust among even his Democratic colleges. This may produce difficulty for the President in areas that should have gone smoothly.
The Washington Times is reporting:
The trade agreement that is the linchpin of President Obama’s Asia policy is in jeopardy of breaking apart because of a lack of trust on Capitol Hill on both sides of the partisan aisle, with opposition mounting from tea party Republicans and rank-and-file Democrats who don’t have faith in the president’s ability to negotiate a good deal.
The troubles in Congress have emerged as the Obama administration is nearing completion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12-nation deal with Pacific Rim countries including Japan, Singapore and Australia that has been in the works since 2005, and which Mr. Obama has made a top priority.
The question is whether or not Congress should give Obama more power to trade. This power is called, “Fast-Track Trade rights.” This would give the President the ability to negotiate within preset Congressional boundaries, and would require only a majority vote to pass. Under the constitution, there would be a two-thirds passage requirement an amendments could be added.
This was set to be a no-brainer for the Republican Congress. But things such as the executive amnesty has cooled the Republican support expected. Many so-called Tea Party Congressmen point to the jobs lost in similar deals. And pro-labor Democrats, with union support, are campaigning for a rejection of both the Fast Track and the trade treaty.
One of the biggest problems is the secrecy of the TPP. The Times reports:
Details of the TPP framework remain cloaked in secrecy. Some lawmakers have been allowed to view parts of the draft agreement, but they can’t be accompanied by staff, take notes or make copies of the documents.
The secrecy has helped fueled suspicions as the trade numbers show reason for concern.
The report showed that U.S. exports increased last year, but imports rose faster. The trade deficit in 2014 jumped $28.7 billion, or 6 percent, to $505 billion. Exports grew by $65.2 billion, or 2.9 percent, to $2.3 trillion, according to the Census data.
Consistently our government has negotiated deals that benefit others more than our own people. Labor and ownership both can agree that we should be working deals that will open up markets for American goods. We want everyone driving a “Big 3” automobile and wearing clothing made in American textile companies. This has not worked out as most countries do not have workers earning high enough wages for these types of purchases. And we see that Japan and others still restrict import of American products.
If we believe that America can compete with anyone, why do they continue to slant the field to make it virtually impossible for us to do so?