"You have to pass it to find out what's in it."
That unconstitutional phrase infamously made during Obama's first term gave us the crushing burden of Obamacare. And if we've learned one thing, it's that history repeats itself. This time around, it's the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a new global regulatory structure better known as TPP that will transfer power from individual Americans and Congress to an unelected, international bureaucratic committee.
If you don't know what TPP is, you're not alone. It's been shrouded in secrecy and fast-tracked by Congress and the Obama Administration. On Wednesday, Glenn took to the chalkboard to explain why it's critically important to Americans.
"You might have noticed anti-TPP protesters waving signs and causing all kinds of commotion during the DNC," Glenn said. "There's both government and grassroots movements on each side here --- one side fiercely lobbying to see the TPP through, while the other is fighting just as fiercely to see it thrown out. The rest of us are kinda caught in the middle trying to figure what the heck is going on."
So where do we turn, to a senator or a congressman maybe? Sure, if they'd show up.
"For such a volcanic subject, you'd think legislatures would be chomping at the bit to go on the record to tell us what this thing's all about. My staff has been working on this for weeks, and we can't get a single government official to comment on it," Glenn said in dismay.
If this deal is what they purport it to be, why not come on the record and defend it?
"It's not an easy subject to talk about, mostly because it's been shrouded in secrecy. The very fact that they chose to hide the details from the public should have been enough to set off a few warning lights. Even more so that the details of the trade agreement weren't released at the same time the president was requesting Trade Pact Authority, or TPA," Glenn said. "Maybe it's me, but this just seems laughable. But guess what, Congress passed the bill and handed Obama the authority without most of them even reading the details of the TPP," Glenn said.
"Apparently, there were some very influential people and companies in high places that wanted to give the president the power to get this thing signed and delivered. Nearly 200 million in contributions was paid out to ensure the deal got done."
As Speaker of the House, it's only logical that John Boehner raked in the biggest windfall, but here are the top four most expensive 'Yes' votes:
• John Boehner (R-OH) received $5.3 million
• Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) received $2.4 million
• Paul Ryan (R-WI) received $2.4 million
• Pat Tiberi (R-OH) received $1.6 million
More of a visual learner? You're in luck. Glenn took to the chalkboard to illustrate the flow of money --- and how, once again, Americans are left in the dust.
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