TPA Fast Track Authority could be Trojan Horse for Open Borders
Dick Morris exposes how Congress would be foolish to give up its authority to make amendments and give up its proper role of supervision of trade. Now buried in the Trans Pacific Partnership is climate change and open borders. It may be a stealth EU. Some Republicans have been quick and even shrill to denounce as amnesty anything that addresses the problem of the 11 million immigrants here without proper papers. Here is something worse than amnesty. It is open borders. They had better wake up on this one.
Republican leaders are blindly and inexplicably pushing Fast Track in spite of the fact the last 8 years have demonstrated that many responsible trade pacts can be passed without it. In fact, you have a broader and more responsible consensus when the President knows that Congress has there as an equal partner.
Reagan had fast track authority, Nixon had fast track (the first President to have it), Clinton had fast track so it should be a Presidential power goes the argument. First those Presidents at least focused on trade agreements for the sake of trade. Second, the fact is that the President should not even be negotiating trade agreements. Unlike treaties which are under the President with advise and consent of the Senate (advise means that they should have input before the treaty is submitted which the President seems determined to avoid as much as possible in the Iran deal.), the authority to regulate trade is a Congressional authority under Article 1. Why? Nothing affects the economy in the original Constitution (before the advent of the income tax and reinterpretation of the Commerce clause) like trade agreements. The Founders wanted the House to be involved because it represented the interest of the people directly. They did not want the economic interests of Americans to be another bargaining chip for the Executive and the Senate to use for their foreign policy interests. The trade representative is supposed to be a Congressional appointee. Congress gave away its primacy to the executive on this issue with the disastrous result of a wrecked manufacturing base.
Congress is now considering giving fast track to an imperial regime bent on locking in its legacy of fundamentally transforming America by any means possible. This President could use the slavish devotion of many Republicans to anything labeled free trade to achieve anything that he can negotiate. Open borders, labor law, and climate change seem to be his starting point. The best way to save free trade is to make sure Congress can keep it free. Otherwise, we will get a socialist pact supporting open borders and executive amnesty. Republicans will commit at least short term electoral suicide and maybe find long term irrelevance with the economic and demographic changes ushered in if the TPA becomes law without possible amendments.
Other problems with the TPA is that it leaves out countries like Singapore and the Republic of Korea while including low wage havens like communist Vietnam and Malaysia which is overwhelmingly Muslim (by itself that is not bad, but giving open borders authority to a place that may become infiltrated is not wise.) It will put even more pressure on American wage earners and be another challenge for national security.
Morris said, “This is huge. I hope everybody listening takes action call your senator about it. If he is a Republican he is voting wrong. “I dont think that people understand that in this deal which is a trade agreement among Australia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Japan, Canada, the United States, Mexico, Peru, and Chile, there’s a provision for free flow of workers, just like in the European Union. What It means is unrestricted immigration. It means literally that congress would not have the authority to restrict immigration because a treaty supersedes a statute under our constitution.”