The “shutdown” may have blocked veterans from trying to visit memorials, but it hasn’t blocked President Obama from trying to surrender U.S. sovereignty to a body of globalist bureaucrats.
Although the president claims the shutdown kept him from making his scheduled trip to Asia, his surrogates are pushing ahead with negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), hoping to seal the deal before the end of the year.
Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman are in Bali on behalf of the stay-cationing Barack Obama.
"I do want to make clear none of what is happening in Washington diminishes by one iota our commitment to our partners in Asia, including our efforts to promote trade and investment throughout the region," Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday from Bali.
In other words, the Obama administration is content to let the “shutdown” leave the country open to terrorist attack, but they won’t let anything keep the United States from tying the financial well-being of the United States to Viet Nam and Malaysia.
Those nations and the United States' nine other “partners” in the TPP are, USTR Froman says, “strongly committed to working to conclude negotiations this year.”
This rush to wrap up the trade treaty is consistent with President Obama’s long-standing commitment to successfully draft a document as quickly as possible.
Perhaps just as disturbing as the joining of U.S. economic well-being to that of countries whose GDP is a fraction of ours is the fact that since the beginning, every round of TPP negotiations has been conducted in strict secrecy.
Even the people’s representatives in Congress have been stiff-armed when they have tried to pull down the veil of secrecy preventing Americans from learning about the frightening compromises being made by the Obama administration.
Zach Carter of the online Huffington Post reported that Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee’s Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs and Global Competitiveness, was stonewalled by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative when he attempted to see any of the draft documents related to the governance of the TPP.
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