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Universal Welfare: Is Zuck Actually Evil?

Universal Welfare? Say It Ain’t So!

My knee-jerk reaction to Zuckerburg’s speech was shock at the naivete on display.  Sure, he made a lot of money when he was too young for the responsibility.  But by now you would think he’d matured at least a little.

But a talking head on FOX Business turned me on to another possibility. This one actually makes more sense. It also makes Zuck’s suggestions far more cynical.

Part of his justification was “so people can innovate”.  WTF? People can and are innovating right now. Is he superman because he has made innovations and others need to government to pay the “proles” money so Zuckerburg’s lessers can innovate?  And what is that money for.  Does Zuckerburg envision a future where one class innovates and makes multiple billions while the rest live on their government stipend (which we already know is actually worthless)?  

What are they to do now that they are getting money to live on from the Almighty Governing Class?  Are they to spend all day on Facebook?

Don’t answer that!

Epic Elitist

This marks Mark as the epic elitist.  The fact is, with innovation moving at the breath-taking speed it is right now we have no need of government to do anything for innovators.  In fact we don’t want the government’s fingers in the bowl at all.  As soon as the “federales” touch Internet businesses, they WILL do what they always do.  They will prop up political friends and drive out competition. This will be all in the name of making it better.  The price will be that the political friends will have to run an Internet that is favorable to the political whores  and their political interests.  And, inevitably, the system will be made inexcusably inefficient.

If we prevent such an occurrence, I envision a future where what you presently pay for on the Internet will become more and more specialized.  The present formula will give way to people who do and supply certain things in a unique way. The little guy will be able to compete with the giants.  And all the technology, and automation will provide more jobs not less.

In addition to the automation becoming cheaper and more accessible over time (such things ALWAYS do), we will still have the need for fresh food, plumbing, electrical repair, cosmetics, and everything else we need today.  An automated wait staff won’t change that.  So to the market needs we fill already, we will add an incredible amount of jobs in the ever-growing high-tech industry.

Think!

We are already swimming in a sea of unfunded liabilities with our present entitlement programs.  The I-am-better-than-everyone approach to the problem, as Zuckerburg suggests, would not only bankrupt the country, it would have only negative consequences here in the real world.  Zuck, go back to your algorithms and post boosting.  You are very good at it.  Leave American citizens to address their own problems.  That is what we are very good at, when left alone to do it.

I opened this series discussing apathy.  Stupid ideas like the one we reviewed here are becoming very trendy among the political class. If we don’t wake up, as a whole, people like Zukerburg WILL define your future.

Get involved.  I said in part 1 of this series, that we work.  We raise kids. We have lives. Yes!  Exactly!  By being engaged citizens (a duty as critical as the others) we make living our lives, raising our kids and paying our bills that much easier and more worthwhile.

Talk to your representatives.  Let them know that you are now on the case.  If they don’t start cutting away the government cancer we have growing on us, tell them they are committing political suicide.

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The Four Morons Are Laughing At You!

Who Are The Four Morons?

You would only know the answer to that if you are a regular reader here.  The Four Morons are the house and Senate leadership; Mitch McConnel, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi and Paul Ryan.  Donald Trump has lately filled the roll of court jester, keeping the Morons entertained and happy.

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Ryan and his band of cowardly, corrupt Republicans are going for a second bite at the apple to preserve Obamacare.  This time they are offering the Freedom Caucus a “compromise” that amounts to an insult.  Even the MOST basic free market reform, and the most effective in driving down costs, is not included in the present proposal; the sale of insurance policies across state lines.  Instead we have territories carved out by the government. 

Why?

Because major insurance companies pay government lackeys to keep competition off the field.  And they pay well.

How do most of you NOT know this!

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I have said many times, (notably here) that Trump was either completely ignorant of the Constitution, or he was a shill for the Democratic party.  One of those statements is true.  You can decide which.  But you can’t deny the damage he is doing to the Conservative cause and to the country, as he sits in the White House deciding who likes him and who doesn’t.  Nor can you deny his complete lack of intellectual curiosity.  He has no intention of learning his job or following the Constitution.

And the “Experts” Aren’t Helping

Amazingly, if you listen to people who call themselves conservative, both on the idiot box and on social media sites, you’ve heard them saying that Republicans needed to pass Obamacare Lite.  It’s a binary choice they said;  Obamacare or Ryancare.  Or they point out how important it is for the Freedom Caucus to “support the President” by passing legislation they find repugnant.

First off, legislators are not sent to Washington to make sure the President, any president, looks good. Unless they are Democrats.  It is not their job to sell the mistakes of the President and Congressional leadership to us rubes outside the Beltway.  Unless they are Democrats.  Their job, as Ryan has long forgotten, is to represent their constituents based on the principles they ran and succeeded on.  In the case of every single Republican save one, Collins, all ran on conservative, free market principles and a belief in individual liberty.  Even Collins paid a bit of lip service to those principles.

But only a handful stood by these beliefs and they killed the crap designed to replace the extra smelly crap.

And how does the Twitter twat-in-chief react to REAL conservatives voting down trash legislation?  He threatens to fight them and the Democrats as opponents.  This assures us of two things. 

First, no matter what, he’ll now not be able to muster a majority to kill Obamacare.  Dems and lame Republicans (who got elected saying they are conservative, but are no such thing) now have Trump’s cover to reject any real free market reforms to medical insurance. 

Ryan and his ilk didn’t want to get rid of Obamacare.  They want all the corporate goodies and easy votes from chumps that Obamacare gave the Dems.  So they put up a poorly-funded version of the same dog shit, hoping we’d be stupid enough to let them get away with it.

And don’t kid yourself.  No matter what he said, Chuck Schumer LOVED Obamacare Lite.  The only thing he loves more is the full-flavored Obamacare.

Second, Trump has made the possibility of his re-election much more difficult.  Ann Coulter, FOX News and Brietbart will have to work overtime to pull the wool over your eyes again. 

Of course it wasn’t too difficult the first time around.  Trump mangled a couple of Bible verses and that was enough for the “Christian” hucksters to jump aboard and bring almost all of their rubes with them.  He blurted out utterly nonsensical statements on abortion and the Obamacare individual mandate and still his cult, and not just a few “experts”, declared him a conservative!  Amazing!

As Usual, I Hit the Nail on the Head!

So as I predicted, one year ago yesterday, Trump IS overseeing the destruction of free-market conservatism either by design or ignorance.  But he is doing nothing to move this country in the right direction.  And no, executive orders saving 1000 jobs here and 200 jobs there, don’t amount to anything.

To put a finer point on it, watch what happens with “tax reform”.  There will be no reform AT ALL!  There will be a reduction in the amount you pay right now.  But the all mechanisms in place to raise them again, when the country sickens of Ryan and Trump, will remain in place.  That’s not reform.  That’s cotton candy, sweet and fluffy but without real substance. 

And that is the nature of the Trump presidency so far.

If Trump ends this calendar year without striking all of Obamacare from the books and allowing competent professionals to produce free-market medical insurance, he will be a one-term President and a failure.

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Beware the Ides of December and Your 401K. Merry Christmas!

Your First Dose of Christmas Cheer From Street Politics!

For weeks, on social networks, we’ve been seeing people who don’t know any better celebrating the recent stock market rally. They and talking heads on TV, who should know better, have been calling this the Trump rally. Concurrently, Barry Obama has been saying the rally is a further sign of the market “boom” he is handing off to Trump. It’s going to be an interesting December.

The market we see today is NONE OF THE ABOVE! As I’ve said here and on various sites over the last two years, there is no fundamental support for what the market is doing. It is a scam. And it is going to start winding down in about a week.

We’d Be Here With or Without Trump.

That the market is above 19,000 has absolutely nothing to do with the election of Donald J. Trump. He is just enjoying the happy illusion while it lasts. He has as much to do with the Dow right now as I do with how the Cowboys are doing this season. Which is to say we can both only watch and shake our heads.

31146825175_09053b7576_bThe market has nothing to do with a healthy economy. We do not have a healthy economy. None of the developed nations have healthy economies right. The U.S. and China are merely the healthiest horses in the glue factory. The stock market and the wider economy have been divorced since the Fed started the “Quantitative Easing” program years ago.

Long after they should have ended it they decided to just stop using the term and continued to loan big banks money at ruinously low rates. With this money the big banks would buy stocks in bulk. The buys would trigger computer buys on Wall Street. This would get the attention of the retail investor who would follow along. All of this would drive up the value of the stock whether there was fundamental support or not.

Then they would do it again.

Yellen Feels Like Scrooge After the Dreams…Without the Kind Heart.

But when Fed Chair, Janet Yellen raises rates next week I am predicting we will see a repeat of last December. There will be a sharp cooling off period through Christmas and into January. I expect the increase to be at least ½ point.

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Janet Yellen discussing the bane of our economic liberties.

In the early part of 2017, the market will simmer a bit in anticipation of the next quarterly meeting. But I don’t expect any real rallies again until we’ve unwound of all the damage the Fed has done.

Yellen was absolutely floating above the ground when she hinted at the increase. She has been dying to end this nonsense since she took the chairmanship but as had to carry Obama through his last two years. Now the she doesn’t have to worry about carrying Clinton, she can start moving the market back to some sense of normalcy.

Today They Credit Him, Tomorrow They’ll Curse Him.

This will be a painful transition. The reason for Yellen’s relief is, knowing how gullible the American people are, any side effects of her actions will be blamed on Trump. Her modulation of rate increases can be held over Trump’s head to dampen any desire to actually scale down the size of government. I never believed Trump ever really intended to drain the swamp in a real way. But if he gets it in his head to actually do so, he will suffer the Federal Reserve’s wrath.

Anyway, as the market flushes out all the crap the Fed has dumped on it, we may start to see a Wall Street that actually reflects our present, TRUE economic state. The picture won’t be pretty, but it shouldn’t come as a great shock.

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Ha-ha-ha! [gasp, gasp] Ha-ha-ha-ha II

A Smack in December; a Punch in the Face in ’17.

It might be mused that Steve Bannon will be a good foil as Special Assistant to the president. But he lacks an important quality. He doesn’t come across as a bootlicker.

Trump, so far, has demonstrated that he makes decisions based on how many people kiss his ass. If Bannon doesn’t learn to like the taste of shoe leather his influence will be muted.

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This will all be tested as the Fed unwinds the funny money to Wall Street policies in the coming months. When it happens, battle lines will be drawn.

On one side will be Priebus, McConnell, Ryan, Pelosi and Schumer. They will be stroking and kissing every inch of Trumps fragile ego. Their pleas will be for Trump to sign bailouts for the banks, insurance companies, colleges, etc.

Likely opposing will be Steve Bannon. If Trump doesn’t grow bored and/or embarrassed by the mindless adulation, Bannon’s argument and our future will circle the toilet. It should come as no surprise, as Trump already plans massive government giveaways in his first hundred days anyway.

About that whole “electoral” thing.

A few weeks back, when Trump’s position was looking especially wobbly, I saw A LOT of chatter about how we need to get rid of the electoral college. This was all coming from the right. So much for conservatives who claim to understand the Constitution.

This morning a former Attorney General, Eric Holder, said in no uncertain terms it should be ended. That this particular AG should take such a stance is no surprise.

Holder is coconspirator on the Fast and Furious con Obama ran on us, resulting in the death of Jonathan Terry, ATF.  Holder understands the Constitution, but finds it inconvenient to the agenda of the radical Left.

But Trump people ought to see the company they keep on this issue. The idea behind the Electoral College (EC) is to prevent mob rule. It is part of what makes us a republic, not a fad-obsessed democracy.

The Electoral College and the states’ power to ratify amendments are the two remaining powers the federal government hasn’t stolen from us. When we vote for president, we vote as a state.

The (sound) thinking on this is that we, as citizens of our state, vote for our personal and local interests tempered by our national view. Without the EC, we are left to the whim of voters in California and New York. Without it, states with sparse populations will never be a concern for presidential politics again.

An Interesting Paradox.

Some Trump supporters, according to CBS’s Leslie Stahl, are insulting and intimidating Muslims and Latinos and making them feel unwelcome. CBS downplayed Trumps admonishment to his supporters to stop. He repeated it emphatically.

Funny, I have not heard from Barry or Hillary that Democrats, actually looting and burning property and beating innocent people in far greater numbers, should stop. Not a peep. You see, Clinton and her cult think it is okay to loot and burn and beat people in her holy name.

And why are they looting and burning? Well, what else? Racism, the easiest charge to level without evidence. And of course there is Islamophobia, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia…[1. Isn’t it cute how the “tolerant snowflakes” label everyone who disagrees, disapproves or just plain doesn’t give a shit about something, as FEARFUL of that thing? Anything shy of completely embracing their naval gazing is a phobia.  And what is with this xenophobia?  I watch the entire election cycle and didn’t see one xeno.  To be honest, I don’t think they exist.  They’re like unicorns.  And who is afraid of unicorns?  I suppose pretending that everyone is afraid of you makes you feel like a super hero.  That’s pretty important with the trophy-for-everyone crowd.]

But isn’t Trump going to kill all the black people? Isn’t he going to make our babies suffocate from his pollution (if the dingos don’t get ‘em first)? He’s personally going to pour train cars full of chemicals into the rivers so we all DIE!

Relax.

First, the pipeline isn’t going to cause air pollution. Your world will look in 20 years very much like it does now. No one (except the Democrat city officials in Flint Michigan) will try to pollute your drinking water.

And unless you already have dogshit like the KKK or the Aryan Brotherhood tearing up your community, you’re likely not going to. Certainly there will be no one, including Trump, from DC who will turn them loose on you.

People who say things like that know they are full of it when they are saying it. It is much like the people who say Trump is a genius, or even rather bright. They know it ain’t so. But they say it anyway.

Now, if you do have sewage like the KKK in your neighborhood, you and your friends need to gut it up and put them out. Talk to your sheriff, especially if he’s elected. He’ll get the message.

The average white supremacist group isn’t that hard to put aside. They’re sort of like MS-13 without the entrepreneurial spirit, or the Nation of Islam without the snappy bow ties. And they are not Einsteins.

So, worry about what is about to happen to the economy. That is not an imaginary worry. Before the next Administration remodels the Oval office and puts the Gold T on the portico, the Fed is going to yank the rug out from under Trump. Look for that in the second quarter of this fiscal year.

That’s when the train goes of the rails!

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Ha-ha-ha! [gasp, gasp] Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!

Do you remember Charlie Brown in the classroom, when he says something embarrassing and as his classmates laugh, he is surrounded by the words Ha-ha-ha in giant letters across the screen?

I imagine intellectually honest Trump supporters, who are paying attention, have been feeling like CB for the last few days. “Trump tells it like it is,” we read on Facebook until our eyes bled. “He’s not a typical politician. If he says it, he’ll do it.”

But, uh-oh! He’s looking more and more like a typical politician every day.

I can’t believe I am writing this. I have been dying to get away from politics for weeks. I have woodworking and travel articles burning holes in my brain. I am supposed to be making improvements to this website as I write this.

But I did say I’d account for every I-told-you-so I happened across. And they are flying out of DC and Trump Tower almost faster than I can keep up with them.

First, as I said here, there is not going to be a wall. We are already, only six days into the transition, talking about maybe a fence and some natural barriers, but not a WALL really.

Which is fine. A wall is an ineffective way to end illegal immigration. Enforcing existing law, without a single change (which includes ending “sanctuary cities”) will sharply curtail the flow into the US. If you want someone to leave, make staying unworkable.

But, yeah. No wall. Sorry.

Don’t cry for me Arizonaaaaaaa…

We hear much ballyhoo about Trump not winning the popular vote.  This has not been established.  As Arizona reported, the margin shifted in his favor,  only Michigan remains.  If he carries Michigan, he will get a big popular bump. More on that in my next installment. 

On Election Day plus one, I told you a deal would be made to protect Clinton from prosecution. At E+6 we go from, “Yeah, you’d be in jail,” to, “I don’t want to hurt these people. These are good people.”

Awwwwww, c’mon!!! Pull the other one, it plays jingle bells!

Set aside that you don’t decide to prosecute what are very serious crimes to avoid hurt feelings. Obama, in protecting himself, protected Clinton. And we have likely already seen the payoff.

This morning we hear that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has said the pipeline can go through what protestors are calling “sacred land” in Montana.

Suddenly, one of Obama’s sacred cows has been cast aside. That which he maintained through his entire presidency and could have left office with it still intact, is tossed aside without comment.

Update:  It looks like Trump didn’t even get this.  In the last week the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has joined the mindless chorus saying that whatever “tribes” claim as sacred land is sacred land and cannot be touched.  Right!  The Corps is now operating like the FBI and the IRS; as goon for the governing class. They are getting through executive authoritarianism what they can’t get in the free market or real legislation.

If that’s all Trump got for the deal – he could have done it himself in two months – he is not the dealmaker he claims to be. I’ll let you in on a little secret: He’s not.

At any rate, Hillary now leaves unscathed. She and BJ Bill are now free to use the slush fund to broker political influence all over the world. And they will. We need not weep for them.

For those who are closing their eyes and shaking their heads head violently in disagreement, I’ll be back here in a few months to sadden you.

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From the Land of You’ve-Got-To-Be-Kidding

I enjoyed seeing all those memes floating around with photos and lists of the dream cabinet Trump was going to pick. Lots of iron jaws and rock-ribbed conservatives, right?

Well.

I don’t recall Reince Priebus on a single list. And who is his very first pick? Tah Dah! It’s RP, himself! “Trump hates the establishment.” “The establishment is going to be sorry when Trump gets to DC.”

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Reince Priebus

Oops. The ultimate establishment guy is now White House Chief of Staff.

I’m quite certain the Trump cult will counter all this with imaginary “reasons” for Trump’s pick. But they know, deep down, this is not what they voted for.

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From Whence Cometh the Gap?

Often, of late, we’ve heard our two socialist candidates, Bernie Sanders and Bill Clinton’s criminal wife, speak of the growing gap between the rich and middle class. They don’t even say “rich and poor” anymore.

The fact is there is a growing gap in wealth between the two cohorts. But not for the reasons these two dishonest people will tell you. (I’ll go out on a limb and say that Bernie may not be dishonest, just ignorant of economic realities.) They will say it is because the government doesn’t have enough control over the free market and people have made other people poor out of greed. The oil companies for example will charge what the market will allow and sell you your gas, thereby making you poor while they reap – gasp – a profit!

This, and all other examples of free market activity, are not the reason for the growing disparity in our wealth. All market activity, when you subtract damage done by government interference, is good for both parties and contributes to the wealth of both participants.

Just look at my fuel example. The left is forever talking about the greed of the oil industry. But while the companies make about 2% on a gallon of gas, our bloated government (state and federal,sometimes local) takes 15%. While I am sure greed is a personal attribute most human beings share, if the oil companies acted on that greed, they’d shut the tax man out of the equation.

So what has caused the growing gap in wealth we see today?

I could answer that question and have several times, here and in my book, 16 20 24. But I have answered as a common sense commentator. I will let Kyle Bass of Hayman Wealth Management answer that for you. Best you hear it from an expert this time. Somehow, common sense becomes “more true” when conveyed by an “expert”.

In an appearance on Wall Street Week today, 17 April 16, Bass pointed out the artificiality of the “strong” market is caused by cheap or free money made available to Wall Street banks, who then pump it into the stock market, maintaining artificially high prices. It goes without saying that being the ones who set market trends they are the ones who see a healthy return on their “investment”, made sweeter by the fact the government supplied the investment money.

This is not to say that the companies selling the stock are bad companies. But their fundamentals vs the capacity for risk on the part of the big investors don’t reflect real market reality. In other words, if a bank was playing with money they didn’t get from the government at, say 1%, they’d be much more cautious about what they invested in and would have to know they would make a much higher return to make the buy worthwhile.

Don’t believe me, look at the volatility we see these days. Do you think it is because all CEOs are manic/depressive? No! It is a result of big buys with free money causing the price of a stock to start to rise. Smaller investors and computer buy signals initiate a migration to the stock. The big, government backed, first buyer then sells after a healthy (sometimes considerable) return and the price falls. Woe betide those late to the game; they lose again!

But more interesting is the future we see with past as prologue.

Back in 2006, this very same Kyle Bass, stood in the board room of Bear Sterns, the second major company to be crushed by the 2008 crash, and basically predicted their demise from said crash. Over 90 minutes he outlined their risk and exposure to unsecured credit default swaps and derivatives. A friend and former colleague at BS told him his presentation was fascinating and that he prayed to god he was wrong. We now know, Bass wasn’t wrong.

As we would see, the real estate market was floating on a sea of worthless paper created by the government’s interference in the sale of homes. When banks, insurance companies and investment houses could no longer carry the risk of this paper (despite the fact that the government was buying it from everybody to keep the game going) the gravy train rolled to a stop and those exposed took a pounding.

The government’s response to a crash of its own making? Why, make the banks whole again. To accomplish this, they did two things. The first was to steal $800,000,000,000 from the American taxpayers and handed it to the banks. This was the greatest swindle in all of history. The second step was to replace the phony government money pouring into the mortgage industry with phony government money pouring into the equities markets. They called it Quatitative Easing (QE). After what they called QE3, they stopped using the name and continued to print funny money and giving it to Wall Street.

Companies no longer need to invest cash holdings. They can use the near zero government money. If they lose, so what, borrow more and play the market again. If they just made three percent on a deal, that was more than double the interest rate they were paying their co-conspirators in the government. Borrow again and play again.

This is what causes the illogical volatility we see in the market. Investment XYZ takes funny money created by the Fed. It makes a huge buy on Company ABC. This could be a very good company or just the healthiest horse in a glue factory. It doesn’t matter much. The big buy is read by computers programmed to react to such moves. This triggers automatic buys across the market. The stock starts to climb. At a prearranged point, or when the stock starts to look wobbly Investment bank XYZ begins to divest itself of the stock, taking profits with it. Company ABC’s stock settles back toward it’s previous market value.

We now have 8 years of people playing the market this way (not investing based on fundamentals and real risk). Entire business models are now built on this unethical bond between investor and the state. Traders are losing the expertise needed to trade legitimately. That is why every time the Fed hints at pulling the banks from the tit, the markets take a shit.

What all this amount to is the rich get richer from the availability of corrupt cash from the government and an endless string of short term byuing and selling of stocks. Meanwhile, the poor get poorer due to the lack of productive activity in the larger economy.

The economy is not healthy. And a busy stock market doesn’t make it so. The stock market, as it would be running right now, if cut off from the near-free funny money, would be a reflection of the real conditions of the economy. It would be in collapse and chaos.

You should fervently hope you won’t experience that chaos and collapse soon. At least not before we get rid of all the corrupt, job-killing politicians we have inside the beltway. So long as they survive, we move closer to the next one or two gigantic bubbles [1. I haven’t mentioned the student loan bubble.] bursting with no safety net.

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Canard of the Week: Free trade Agreements

The government is notorious for creating terms that are utterly devoid of truth.  Affordable Care Act leaps to mind.  So I will occasionally dedicate space to the vetting of a fun canard.

This week, free trade agreements.

Does anyone know who Fred Hochberg is?  I didn’t until today.  He is the present head of the Import-Export “Bank” of the United States.  This is a government monster created by, get this, executive order in the 1930s to finance trade to other countries; trade so risky and/or worthless, that no bank would bother to get involved.  It has since grown into a cabinet level function of the government.  Have you ever heard of this creature?  No? Well, too bad, because keeping this obvious moral hazard alive is the price we are paying for an example of this week’s canard.

The Transpacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), some people calling it the Asian free trade agreement, is by itself a red herring.  It is touted by supporters as a bill designed to help American goods get to market.

Problem:  There is nothing FREE about it.  This (and What is called “Fast Track) is an example of Congress once again handing its power to the executive branch ostensibly to foster faster trade deals with foreign countries and “help the American worker”.  (I am blowing raspberries.)  How could anything negotiated by a few heads of state, always done in the interest of selected corporate “winners” and handed to our Legislative branch for an up-or-down vote without amendment be called free?  Further, in this case, the power is being handed to the man who set back-to-back billion dollar records for selling influence to major corporations.  A man with only two desires applicable; the acquisition of personal power (he only has two years left and is in dire need of a success) and selling the aforementioned influence.   This will set him up for his multimillion dollar paydays after he leaves office.  Even if we had a 100% pure and honest broker in the oval office, there would be nothing free about this or any other trade deal that would be made by anyone other than the parties buying and selling their goods.

In order to get enough liberals to vote for this free trade myth, McConnell – who appears to be missing a jaw bone as well as a spine – agreed to make the survival of the Import-Export “Bank” part of the bill.  Of this move, Mitch said that although he doesn’t support the phony bank, those that do support it are entitled to a vote.  Aww, too bad his predecessor didn’t feel that way when Obamacare was rammed through without real debate or substantial amendment and one-sixth of our economy was being hijacked.  At the time, McConnell was on all fours, pants around his ankles saying, “Do me again, Harry!”

Anywho, according to AP’s Myway.com, this all came with the “usual presidential phone calls, closed-door Capitol meetings and urgent, private pleadings. [Emphasis mine]

A cute side note:  The president stayed up late into the night making phone calls to keep this bill alive.  Hmmmm… Well where the hell was he on 9/11/12?  NOWI want more personal power so I’ll stay up all night in order to get it.  THEN: Someone is attacking my ambassador in Libya? Oh well, do what you can.  I have a fund-raiser tomorrow.  I have to go night-night.