Now we have more secrecy on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. A government that is supposed to be ruled by the people would be completely transparent. A totalitarian state is totally opaque. This describes the regime of the Marxist/Progressives led by Obama; opaque and secretive. Here are some of the absurdities we are learning about the trade agreement; all the more reason not to allow it to be fast-tracked. The scrutiny should be at the highest level possible because Obama has sold us down the primrose path to disaster many times and always with the intent to harm the United States.
Although legislators are allowed to look at the text of the TPP in a secure room, they are only allowed to do so under restrictions that make it nearly impossible to understand what they are reading.
First, legislators can't bring expert staffers with them unless they have the right clearances, and the aides who have expertise in various relevant areas -- for instance on the impacts on the environment or labor law -- generally are not cleared.
Second, lawmakers can't record anything, or take any notes from the room.
The legislators can't talk to anyone about what they've read.
Fast-track allows no amendments and no filibusters to the agreement.
The Senate, with strong Republican support has passed the legislation for fast track. The Republican leadership in the House supports fast track. This is the Republicans in the Congress giving away the rightful powers of the Legislative Branch of Government to the Executive Branch of government. Our founders told us that the government as they created it could not last if this was done.
Congress is again ceding more of its authority to the executive branch. Congress should never give fast track authority. It ties the hands of congress to do the work they were specifically assigned. Congress must have an abundance of time to review the actual trade agreement in its entirety, with all the resources it has at its disposable, and on its timetable. Then congress must be able to debate and to amend the agreement as it sees fit. Only congress should impose time tables on how long they have to debate the law. If the executive branch wishes to accept or reject the final product of congress is up to them. This is the American system. Congress has ceded enough of its power and must begin to reclaim that which it has given away.