(Image Washington Post)
All through Obama’s Presidency he has lied,and bullied those who stood against him, in order to shove through his Progressive agenda. Those who have incurred the blunt end of the President’s draconian tactics have mainly been those who stood on the political right; Republicans and those who identify themselves as members of the Tea Party.
But with the latest push by the Obama Administration, and ironically many Republicans, to pass both the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) through Congress so that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) can go forward, Obama’s wrath has now flipped to the left and is aimed at those Democrats who stand in his way.
Democrat Congressman from Oregon Peter DeFazio said Friday that he was insulted by the President’s tactics as Obama tried to guilt members of Congress, and impune their integrity in an effort to force them to support the TAA and the TPA:
“Basically the President tried to both guilt people and then impune their integrity. And I don’t think it was a very effective tactic. There were a number of us who were insulted by the approach.
He’s saying you’re not playing it straight if you use the only tool you have to stop TPA. They’ve got the votes for TPA, and I’ve been here before, I’ve seen this scene, once you get TPA the whole deal is a done deal. It’s gonna pass. This is our only opportunity to have a major impact. To maybe change it, to get enforceable standards in this and to change either at least the TPA, and maybe the TPP itself. Which is not totally concluded. This is the last opportunity. And the only tool we have is to defeat the Trade Adjustment Assistance.
So for the President to question our integrity, because he says well you believe in TAA. Why do we need TAA and why is it so urgent now? Because there will be hundreds of thousands to millions of jobs lost in this agreement. We’re bringing in Vietnam. We’re bringing in Malaysia. There’s nothing enforceable in the labor standards. There’s nothing that is going to change what is going on there, in the TPP.
This is our last chance.”