Nobody is allowed to read the trade bill the GOP is pushing with Obama

This kind of garbage makes me furious.  For all the GOP’s crowing about “read the bill” and their pledge to make every bill public before voting on it, Mitch McConnell is pushing for the Senate to pass Obama’s trade bill, and nobody seems to know what’s in it.

from Breitbart:

Democrat Sens. Joe Manchin (WV) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren
(MA) went to the Senate floor to push for immediate consideration of a bill that would make the Obamatrade text public — right now Congress has to go to a secured room to review the text and can’t take notes out or discuss what is in it with the public. That motion failed when Sen. Orrin Hatch objected, since it required unanimous consent.

The two Democrats even praised President George W. Bush, who released his free trade text in 2001. Today, President Obama, who promised to have the most transparent administration in history, is not releasing his deal.

“We’re just asking for some transparency before we have this crucial vote,” said Warren.

She said people have heard a lot about the trade bill, but haven’t seen it. The press hasn’t seen it, neither have economists or legal experts because the Administration making it impossible any of those people to read it.

“We should keep the deal secret because if the details were made public now, the public would oppose it,” mocked Warren. “Well, that’s not how our democracy is supposed to work.

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What’s worse is that further down in the Breitbart article, Orrin Hatch admits that he doesn’t know what’s in the bill either.  He opposed Warren’s read the bill motion because he was been a good foot-soldier and following orders.

I can’t believe that I’m saying this: Elizabeth Warren is right about this one.  I have no clue what’s in this bill, and she’s 100% justified in demanding time for the public to read the bill and evaluate its contents. 

Even if the contents of this bill are completely benign, I can’t support it because I’m not allowed to read it.  There is no excuse for this kind of secrecy, and it’s completely justifiable to suspect something malicious is going on behind the scenes. 

Shill Alert?

Back in March, when President Obama sat down with Vice to discuss climate change, he was asked why resistance to act against this global threat is so strong.

Republican Senator Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia recently introduced a bill that would block the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, which would reduce America’s carbon pollution and shift us to a clean energy economy.

I wonder why?

Polluters gave @SenCapito $1.3 million dollars; now she proposes #Polluterprotectionact to let them keep polluting our air. #whovotesdirty.

— Peter Altman (@petealtman13)

May 13, 2015


Two stepbrothers shot, new riots began

Two stepbrothers suspected of trying to steal beer from a grocery store were not armed with guns when they were shot Thursday by a police officer who confronted them in Washington state’s capital city, authorities said.

Police officer reported he was assaulted with a skateboard earlier this Thursday. Both men are still alive and seem to be in stable condition.

Hundreds of people turned out Thursday evening, rallying first at a park, then marching about a mile to a building that houses the Olympia police headquarters and City Hall. . 

As always, #blacklivesmatter, they scream.

If we really considered climate change a national security emergency (which it is), that’s how we would be thinking. We would drop the faux-realistic, Very Serious Person estimates of how things are likely to proceed if we rule out all changes but piddling ones, and get down to what is and is not physically possible.

Federal Government, Stop Interfering with Local Police

President Barack Obama announced the end to a federal program that supplies local police departments with surplus military gear saying it alienates the public.

Hey conservatives, this might be a sign that he’s getting it.  It’s not the federal government’s job to be fortifying municipal law enforcement anyway.