CRAFTY CAFTA POLITICS
The Texas mob continues to steal from all Americans.
By Elaine Meinel Supkis
From Atrios comes this important story:
From Think Progress.orgNot content to make oodles of money on the dead and dying soldiers and civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan, not content to make oodles of money with the high and higher and even higher energy costs, these thieves conspired with Bush to simply pack their stachels with loot as they ravage the remains of the public purse.
Tom DeLay thinks the federal treasury is his personal piggy bank. DeLay slipped “a $1.5 billion giveaway to the oil industry, Halliburton, and Sugar Land, Texas” into the energy bill.
But this isn’t a normal case of government pork. DeLay has completely dispensed with the democratic process. From a letter Rep. Henry Waxman just sent Speaker Dennis Hastert:
The provision was inserted into the energy legislation after the conference was closed, so members of the conference committee had no opportunity to consider or reject this measure.
The $1.5 billion won’t be administered by the government by a private consortium in DeLay’s district:
The subtitle appears to steer the administration of 75% of the $1.5 billion fund to a private consortium located in the district of Majority Leader Tom DeLay. Ordinarily, a large fund like this would be administered directly by the government.
Hastert and DeLay need to explain themselves immediately. No member of Congress who takes taxpayer dollars seriously should vote for the energy bill until this matter is resolved.
We ran up over $2 trillion in debts during this Bush time. This is literally bankrupting America. But the buddies of our rulers aren't going belly up. They are bellying up to the bar to order more drinks on the White House.
Couple this news with the news about CAFTA, another knife in the worker's backs: From the New York Times:
House Republican leaders declared on Wednesday that they had lined up enough votes to secure approval of the Central American Free Trade Agreement, or Cafta, the most significant treaty to knock down trade barriers in more than 10 years.You can bet your booties the booty in the previous bill addressed here is directly connected with industrialists wanting the CAFTA bill. Tit for tits.
President Bush made a rare trip to Capitol Hill yesterday morning.
After one of the hardest-fought legislative battles of the year, Republican leaders were able to cut enough political deals to overcome fears among many of their own members about foreign competition and push ahead despite opposition from most Democrats, labor unions and the sugar industry's powerful lobby.
"We will pass Cafta tonight," said Representative Tom DeLay, the House majority leader, said Wednesday. "It will be a tough vote," he added, but "we will honor our commitment to our neighbors to the south. We will protect our national security, and we will do it all with very few Democrats on board."
But the political effect is likely to loom much larger. To supporters and opponents alike, the pact became a political symbol over how to respond to globalization, competition from low-wage countries and the loss of manufacturing jobs in the United States.I bet Friedman is peeing in his pants over this. As for branding our banana republican, Bush, as an ally of powerful corporations: well, duh.
The treaty has also been the focus of a power struggle between Mr. Bush, who championed the pact as a model for expanding free trade, and Democratic lawmakers, who had been hoping to hand him a high-profile defeat and to brand him as an ally of powerful corporations with global interests at the expense of American workers.
All fascists are. Roberts wants to be a Supreme Court Justice and he is a fascist. Cheney is a fascist. He wants secret meetings so he and the oil overlords can carve out spheres of influence and charge us an arm and a leg for energy.
And we wonder why all empires collapse.
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