ELDER PATRIOT – Those who rise to power in Washington do so by becoming masters at outflanking their political foes and then stabbing them in the back. That is why President Obama and Paul Ryan’s conciliatory outreach to Donald Trump yesterday should be viewed with great skepticism.
The test of their sincerity will come over the next 71 days as the lame duck Congress convenes to close out their work. Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and Barack Obama will determine the initiatives that are undertaken during this period.
There is no doubt that President Obama will attempt to finalize the passage of the Trans Pacific Partnership while he still has the chance to. This should come as no surprise to anyone since Obama is now the leader of the opposition party and he has worked hard and publicly campaigned for its passage.
But, it should give us early insight as to the sincerity of House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Leader Mitch McConnell when they claim to be aligned with Donald Trump and the American people.
With Trump’s opposition to the TPP the central issue of his economic platform, Ryan and McConnell must do everything they can to prevent a vote on the TPP from coming to the floor. If they don’t pass this early test of their allegiance to President-elect Trump and the voters who elected him, then it’s going to be a rocky road until we can replace these oligarchs in the primaries leading up to the 2018 mid-term elections.
If Ryan and McConnell allow a floor fight to ensue over the TPP it will only be because they have the votes in place from certain members of their party to join with Democrats in order to guarantee the treaty’s passage.
The TPP is the same as every other one of the other over-arching trade bills that have destroyed our manufacturing base. These bills are designed solely to enhance corporate profits by making it easier for corporations to access the lower employment, taxation and regulatory costs of locating in more economically accommodating countries.
We will know very early if the rhetoric of Ryan and McConnell in support of Donald Trump is sincere. We already know that President Obama’s is to the world Marxist movement only.