This is another in a series on Democratic Representatives who recently decided that pleasing their President, and their minority leader in the House, and protecting the expectations of potential profits of multinational corporations, was more important than protecting democracy, national, state, and local sovereignty, American Jobs, the environment, the climate, the capability to regulate corporate behavior for the public good, and net neutrality, among may other valuable things. In my previous posts I covered the statements of Don Beyer, Democrat of Virginia's 8th District and then Kathleen Rice, Democrat of New York's 4th.
This time the focus of my attention will be Jim Himes (D-CT) who represents the 4th Congressional District in Connecticut. I'll be doing a point-by-point critique of his reasons for announcing his support of the TPP. Read more about TPP: Jim Himes (D-CT), Another Putting “Free Trade” Above National Sovereignty and Democracy
TPP: Kathleen Rice (D-NY) Is the Latest to Put “Free Trade” Above National Sovereignty and Democracy
I blogged a critique of Don Beyer, Democratic Representative in the Virginia 8th Congressional District to protest his announcement of support for the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill followed by the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) legislation. This past Saturday, Kathleen Rice (D-NY, 4th Congressional District) became the latest to join President Obama's effort to elevate corporations above the people through the TPA, followed by the TPP legislation, and, he hopes the passage later on of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), and the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA). This post is my reply to Congressman Rice's justification, in talking point/response format, for joining the pro- fast track-TPP forces. Read more about TPP: Kathleen Rice (D-NY) Is the Latest to Put “Free Trade” Above National Sovereignty and Democracy
Recently, my wife, Bonnie, sent an e-mail to Don Beyer, our Democratic Representative in the Virginia 8th Congressional District to express her opinion opposing fast-track/TPP and to tell him that she wanted him to vote against it in Congress. In reply, she received a form e-mail which was non-responsive to hers, but also stated his support for all four trade bills and his talking points on the subject.
Congressman Beyer's e-mail made her angry and she asked that since I'm the writer in the family, I write a reply from both of us for him. Since drafting this reply, I've learned that Don Beyer has announced his support for fast-track in a statement on his web site. Below is our reply to him, in talking point/response format, sometimes cast in the first person, for his consideration, and anyone else's who is interested in “free trade” agreements. Read more about TPP: Don Beyer (D-VA) Puts “Free Trade” Above National Sovereignty and Democracy
I've created a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TPPIgnorance, to have a central place for posting about the appalling level of ignorance regarding TPP. Read more about "TPP Ignorance" merits its own Facebook Page
Clearly our factory farm system is poisoning our food supply. Our elite, political, business, and press is in complete denial. We have become a banana republic. Read more about Imperial collapse watch, egg edition
Currently the Green view is that Bernie is just a distraction from the inevitable Hillary coronation. The bigger Bernie gets, the more bitter the attacks will get. Should Bernie win the Democratic nomination, as I hope and expect, the attacks from the left will become still more bitter. A Bernie candidacy will reduce the logic of a national Green campaign. Read more about Bernie and the Green Party
Over at nakedcap yesterday, the study on chimps potentially being able to cook somehow reacted in my mind with the TPP fight to produce, in the comments, a "possible career-making project for ambitious young mainstream economist: Inter-State Is Over: The Case for Inter-Species Free Trade Read more about The Better Angels Who Pay Me A Lot of Money To Give Talks
The Republicans and the Administration still can't count on the 217 votes needed to pass Fast-Track, according to Politico. There are 245 Republicans and 188 Democrats in the House. Republicans are now “feeling new found optimism that at least 190 of their lawmakers” will support fast-track. So, that leaves 55 Republican opponents. Very near the maximum of 57 that TPP opponents have estimated could vote against it. Read more about TPP: State of Play in the House
Today. This is actually the nut graph, and it's fourth from the bottom:
The item was signed The Wall Street Journal’s Central Banks team. It was conceived and written only by this reporter.
In other words, Hilsenrath's colleagues, whose email and twitter addresses he so helpfully listed, got a shit ton of feedback. And so we have the "lone ironist, acting alone" thesis. Excellent! Read more about Wall Street Journal's Hilsenrath follows up on his "humorous" piece
Here's a humorous-except-not posting from the Wall Street Journal's Daily Report on Global Central Banks, written by one Jon Hilsenrath. You really have to read the whole thing -- here is it, I'll wait, but put down your coffee -- and I'll quote some of the unfunnier bits just so you can get the flavor. Read more about The Wall Street Journal trolls the Internet
Lilac blossoms landing on my yards of soil. If this were a Japanese woodblock print, we'd have cherry blosssoms, not lilacs, and probably not mud, either.
Zooming out for context: Read more about In the garden: Mud season in June
So rainy there are mushrooms in my front garden! (Also, the wildflowers are coming along very nicely; the frondy plants are Poppies.) I don't know what mushrooms say about the state of my soil; good things, I assume. Read more about In the garden: How rainy was it?