TRADE: JASPER – 10 reasons to oppose TIP; LILLIS & WONG – Trade supporters; SHEFFIELD – National laws sidelined.
GELLER: SPENCER – First they came for Geller.
YORK – Hillary’s bogus leads; SIEGEL – Why I defaulted.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: VF PATRIOTS, 6/12; Ann Coulter, 6/15.
Recommended: JANET – Track the RINOs; Independent Women’s Forum.
TRADE . . .
William Jasper, New American: “10 Reasons Why You Should Oppose TPP and TTIP”
“The U.S. Senate’s passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation on May 22 means that the TPA bill (also known as “Fast Track”) will soon be up for a vote in the House of Representatives. If the House follows suit and approves it, we can be certain that President Obama and his Republican supporters in Congress will move for expedited action on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), both of which, Obama has stated, are top priorities of his administration.
“These twin, trans-oceanic agreements are massive schemes that propose a very radical transformation of the global politico-economic system, with revolutionary integration and convergence of the major Atlantic and Pacific nations. The TPP currently includes 12 Pacific Rim member states (Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam), but is expected to expand to include more nations, including Communist China.
“The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) proposes to begin “deep and comprehensive” integration between the 28 member states of the European Union and the United States. Over the course of the past several years, we have published many articles detailing the dangers posed by these (still officially secret) agreements. We are bringing together here, in abbreviated form, 10 of those reasons why every American — whether identifying as Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Independent, Tea Party, liberal, conservative, or constitutionalist — should oppose both of these proposals. . .”
Mike Lillis & Scott Wong, The Hill: “Trade supporters bullish as House vote nears”
“The White House won a victory last week when Reps. Jim Himes (D-Conn.), Don Beyer (Va.) and Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.) announced their support. And both Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said that, while they don’t have the votes yet, they expect to very soon. “‘If we don’t get it done in June, I don’t know why you’d think we can get it done in July,’ said Boehner, who’s been coordinating efforts with the White House and recently spoke w ith Obama. ‘We need to get this finished. We’re gonna get it done.’ “Eighteen Democrats are publicly backing the trade-promotion authority (TPA) bill, known as fast-track, which passed the Senate with bipartisan support last month. But a number of undecided Democrats being targeted by Obama — including Reps. G.K. Butterfield (N.C.), John Carney (Del.) and Cedric Richmond (La.) — said last week that they’re leaning against it. “‘People have been contacting me now for about seven or eight months, [and] 100 percent of them have been asking me to vote no,’ said Richmond, who represents most of New Orleans. ‘And I told the president in our conversation that he was the first call asking me to vote for it. And I think that shocked him that my business community — considering I have the large port and all these other businesses — have never reached out.’ “Democratic support will be vital to the fate of the measure, as GOP leaders don’t have the 217 or 218 votes to pass it through the lower chamber on their own. They face strong headwinds from conservatives wary of granting additional authority to a president they don’t trust to use it wisely. . .”
Also – Rebecca Shabad, The Hill: “Rand Paul demands White House release trade deal text immediately”
“’It kind of boggles the mind,’ Paul said in an interview with Breitbart News. ‘Who’s in charge of the administration that decides to keep a trade treaty secret? To keep it classified makes no sense at all.’
“Paul said the administration should immediately release the text of the trade deal so members of the Senate can decide how to vote later on.
“The Senate recently voted to fast-track the trade deal, which would allow an up-or-down vote on it. House GOP leaders could hold the fast-track vote as early as next week despite opposition from groups in both parties.
“‘To me, it’s kind of you put the cart before the horse to give the permission to do something you haven’t seen,’ Paul said. ‘They claim you’ll get to see it, again but you’ll only get an up-or-down vote with no amendments. Also, they get rid of some of the rules on — I guess it’s not, you can’t filibuster it either. It passes with a simple majority.’
“Paul explained he has proposed legislation that would require the Senate to wait one day before a vote is held for every 20 pages of legislation. . .”
Also: Hazel Sheffield, UK Independent: “Trade agreements like TiSA, TPP and TTIP will sideline national laws, Wikileaks says”
“Wikileaks has warned that governments negotiating a far-reaching global service agreement are ‘surrendering a large part of their global sovereignty’ and exacerbating the social inequality of poorer countries in the process.
“The Trade in Services Agreement exposed in a 17 document dump by Wikileaks on Thursday relates to ongoing negotiations to lock market liberalisations into global law.
“If a country like China wanted to join, it would have to scrap all discriminatory practices against foreign firms – so discrimination against a foreign firm opening a hospital in China would be banned, for example. . .”
GELLER . . .
Robert Spencer, PJM: “First They Came for Pamela Geller, and I Did Not Speak Out”
““This is a showdown for American freedom,’ said Pamela Geller about the abortive jihad beheading plot against her, and she was right. The showdown is right upon them now, and mainstream media talking heads have no idea of the significance of what is happening.
“‘They targeted me for violating sharia blasphemy laws. They mean to kill everyone who doesn’t do their bidding and abide by them voluntarily,’ Geller added.
“‘It’s just beginning,’ she warned. ‘ISIS is here. Islamic terrorism is here.’
“That is all true. The jihad plot against Pamela Geller was an attempt to enforce Sharia blasphemy laws upon someone who does not accept them. If it had succeeded, it would have shown Americans that no one who deviates from Sharia norms is safe. It would have been a staggering blow to the continuation of the U.S. as a free society.
“Heedless of these manifest implications, however, the mainstream media hasn’t caught on. The execrable New York Daily News couldn’t stop sneering at the heroic Pamela Geller — “conservative firebrand,” “Upper East Side right-winger” — even when she was a direct target of an Islamic State-inspired murder plot.
“CNN’s Chris Cuomo, interviewing Geller, lectured her:
‘You can show the cartoon. People have the equal right to criticize your showing the cartoon as an overt provocation of a religion.’
“And he asked her:
“Why not do what we often teach as a function of virtue — when we’re dealing with savagery — which is show that we are better than this? Not show that we can poke them in the eye in a way they don’t like it.
“Geller rightly responded:
‘That’s not what you’re doing. You are submitting, and you are kowtowing. And they’re saying to you, if you draw a little cartoon; if you draw a stick figure and say it’s Mohammed, we’re going to come and kill you. And so you say, okay, we won’t — we won’t draw it. CNN won’t show it.’
“The Daily News and Chris Cuomo and the rest at CNN, along with their many colleagues among the comfortable media and political elites, are happy to throw her under the bus. They effectively say: “Free speech? Yes, of course, but not deliberate provocation.”
“They don’t realize that whatever distaste they may have for Pamela Geller (and that distaste ultimately derives from the fact that she speaks truths they would rather ignore and deny), she stands for all of us now. . .”
LEADS . . .
Byron York, Washington Examiner: “Hillary’s huge lead over the GOP? Maybe it never existed”
“Through all of Hillary Clinton’s recent troubles — emails, foundation, Benghazi — Democrats have taken comfort in their all-but-assured nominee’s formidable lead over top Republicans in head-to-head matchups. Now that lead is shrinking, and the Democratic comfort level is falling along with it.
“But it’s possible Clinton’s big lead was never as big as Democrats thought. Yes, some of the margins looked enormous:
* A CNN poll in March showed Clinton up by 15 points over Republican Jeb Bush, 13 points over Marco Rubio, 11 points over Rand Paul, and 15 points over Scott Walker.
* An ABC News poll in March showed Clinton up by 15 points over Rubio, 14 points over Walker, and 13 points over Bush.
* A CNN poll in April showed Clinton up by 22 points over Walker, 19 points over Paul, 14 points over Rubio, and 17 points over Bush.
“Big margins. But at the same time, at least one other poll — by Public Policy Polling, the Democratic polling firm — showed Clinton with much more modest leads over her GOP rivals. A PPP survey in late February showed Clinton with an eight-point lead over Walker, a seven-point lead over Rubio, a seven-point lead over Paul, and a 10-point lead over Bush.
“A PPP poll at the end of March showed Clinton with a four-point lead over Walker, a four-point lead over Paul, a three-point lead over Rubio, and a six-point lead over Bush — at a time the other polls showed Clinton far ahead of those rivals. . .”
Lee Siegel, NYT: “Why I Defaulted on My Student Loans”
Tit-for-tat: We stick the millennials with our national debt, they stick us with their unpaid bills for college . . .
“ONE late summer afternoon when I was 17, I went with my mother to the local bank, a long-defunct institution whose name I cannot remember, to apply for my first student loan. My mother co-signed. When we finished, the banker, a balding man in his late 50s, congratulated us, as if I had just won some kind of award rather than signed away my young life.
“By the end of my sophomore year at a small private liberal arts college, my mother and I had taken out a second loan, my father had declared bankruptcy and my parents had divorced. My mother could no longer afford the tuition that the student loans weren’t covering. I transferred to a state college in New Jersey, closer to home.
“Years later, I found myself confronted with a choice that too many people have had to and will have to face. I could give up what had become my vocation (in my case, being a writer) and take a job that I didn’t want in order to repay the huge debt I had accumulated in college and graduate school. Or I could take what I had been led to believe was both the morally and legally reprehensible step of defaulting on my student loans, which was the only way I could survive without wasting my life in a job that had nothing to do with my particular usefulness to society.
“I chose life. That is to say, I defaulted on my student loans.
“As difficult as it has been, I’ve never looked back. The millions of young people today, who collectively owe over $1 trillion in loans, may want to consider my example. . .”
ANNOUNCEMENTS . . .
VALLEY FORGE PATRIOTS MEETING, FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 6:30PM
P.J. RYANS, 233 BRIDGE ST., PHOENIXVILLE
“Our own Dave Berg has been studying the Communist Manifesto and will discuss his findings with us and some of the history. Are there parallels with what is going on in the USA today? If so, what are they and what do they mean?
“Also, help the VFP make plans for the Fall and the upcoming election season. Shoifuld we team up with another group or groups in an effort to be more effective? If yes, then who?
“Our Legislative Action committee will update us on their plans. We will be reaching out to members who would like to be part of the Legislative Outreach project. The project will be working to obtain a meeting with one or more of our legislators in September or earlier.
“We will hold a Straw Poll (just for fun) to see where members stand on their choice for a new President.
VALLEY FORGE PATRIOTS P.O. BOX 71 VALLEY FORGE, PA 19481
Ann Coulter in Phoenixville!: “Adios America”
VFP will rally and hand out flyers at this event to show our support for Coulter and Stigall and the Conservative movement.
Appropriate signs are welcome. Please join us!w
Monday, June 15, 7 PM
The Colonial Theater, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville 19460
Join Chris Stigall as he hosts Ann Coulter for discussion of her latest book Adios America. This Speaker Series event will take place in the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, PA on Monday, June 15th at 7pm. Ann Coulter will also host a book signing post discussion. Tickets are $30.00 and include a copy of Adios America.
Ann Coulter: Ann Coulter is a conservative American syndicated columnist, bestselling author, constitutional lawyer, and television pundit. Her commentary has earned her a reputation as a vehement critic of social and political liberalism. Her speaking and writing style is aggressive and often controversial.
Independent Women’s Forum
Janet: Track the RINOS
“If you would like to follow your Representative and our Senators, go to this link:
A good way to see what our Rino’s are doing in D.C.