MORE LACK OF “TRANSPARENCY?”

by Sharon Rondeau

(Jun. 18, 2015) — On her show on Thursday evening, radio host Andrea Shea King presented reportage from various sources that Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell may have been “blackmailed” in his support of wide-ranging trade agreement votes for which Obama wants “fast-track authority.”

King speculated that McConnell’s service in the Army, apparently obscured from public view, might have been used to convince him to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), and other “agreements” Obama advocates.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) reports that the TPA treaty is “shrouded in secrecy.”  When Obama took office, he promised an “unprecedented level of openness in government” and “the most open and transparent” administration in the nation’s history.

FOIA responses during the Obama regime have been stonewalled in an “unprecedented” fashion, and the only background documents Obama has presented publicly were deemed forgeries by the Maricopa County Cold Case Posse early in 2012.

Two years ago, Sen. Mike Lee suggested that members of the U.S. Supreme Court could have been “pressured” to vote in favor of upholding Obamacare in June 2012, while Rep. Steve King stated that Republicans’ online movements during the 2012 election cycle were monitored by the opposition.

The treaties have been termed “Obamatrade” and are unpopular with many Republican 2016 presidential candidates.  Last week, Democrats opposed and voted down a TPA proposal, but on Thursday, the House of Representatives passed it.  According to C-Span, the vote “would allow Congress to approve or disapprove but not amend U.S. trade agreements entered into before July 1, 2018.”

In July 1967, McConnell was reportedly released from military service for an eye condition, but Shea’s quoted sources indicated discrepancies from that report in McConnell’s Selective Service record obtained through FOIA requests.  Because of his release, McConnell did not serve during combat during the Vietnam War.

Many Americans, including Sen. Jeff Sessions, fear that the trade agreements will sacrifice United States sovereignty and embrace the concept of global governance.  On Wednesday, Speaker of the House John Boehner claimed that TPA would “expand opportunities for American workers.”

Last November, Republicans gained control of the U.S. Senate and a greater majority in the House.  To date, however, they have not substantively opposed Obama’s initiatives, including DAPA, which would have allowed relief from deportation for as many as five million illegal aliens.

The courts have placed that measure on hold as of this writing.

Toward the end of the show, King expressed that Rep. Paul Ryan, who advocated the trade treaties, could also have been blackmailed.  Similar to Rep. Nancy Pelosi in 2010 regarding Obamacare, Ryan had said that passing the trade agreement would precede its unveiling to the public.

King expressed “disgust” at members of Congress who appear not to regard the wishes of their constituents.

On Friday morning at 10:00 EDT, King will interview businesswoman and Second Amendment advocate Ann Barnhardt.

 

 

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