Thursday, June 04, 2015

Nancy Pelosi Is Whipping "Almost Daily" for TPP


Pelosi was a perp on Obama's failed Chained CPI proposal as well — another Obama–Paul Ryan pro-wealth project. Not a great choice for a "San Francisco liberal" to be making.

by Gaius Publius

It looks like this early statement, about which I got some pushback, is proving true. Just as Chuck Schumer was the behind-the-scenes enabler on Fast Track and TPP in the Senate — he voted No but privately organized the Fast Track set of bills so they would pass — Pelosi is the behind-the-scenes enabler of TPP in the House. According to one report (see below), she might even vote No, so long as it passes with votes other than hers.

Publicly, Pelosi has said both (a) she's neutral and (b) she's seeking a "path to yes." Sounds like a contradiction, and it sounded so at the time. About her supposed neutrality, here's the New York Times (my emphasis throughout):
Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the minority leader, who has yet to declare her position, has told House Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio that he will have to produce 200 Republican votes to win the 217 he needs. In other words, she is not promising a single new convert.
That's the spin, and it's being repeated elsewhere as well. It's also not true. According to two sources, in private Pelosi is working "almost on a daily basis" to get Fast Track to pass, and with it, TPP. Evidence comes from Greg Sargent at Plumline and from Politico. Let's start with Sargent and the problems around Fast Track's associated Trade Assistance bill.

If the Trade Assistance Bill Fails, Fast Track and TPP Will Fail

Everyone knows, though only opponents will say, that it's mostly Big Money who wants TPP to succeed, because Big Money will make a killing from the deal. Everyone knows, though only opponents will say, that TPP will do what NAFTA did — move jobs abroad and continue to impoverish American workers.

Which means, to get Democratic votes for Fast Track and TPP, they need to enact a so-called Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) bill along with it, to lessen, if only slightly, the damage to American workers. Republicans hate lessening damage to American workers, however — remember all those unemployment compensation fights — so there are a lot of Republicans who don't want TAA to pass.

And the TAA bill passed by the Senate is "paid for" by cuts to Medicare. (Yes, you read that right — Medicare cuts.) So right now, TAA is in trouble from both the left and the right. Bottom line, no TAA, no TPP. Enter Nancy Pelosi.

Pelosi Is Working to Keep the TAA–plus–Fast Track Deal Alive

Many Democrats hate the Medicare cuts (or can't afford to seem not to). Many Republicans hate the TAA itself. So the deal is in trouble — remember, no TAA, no TPP. What does Nancy Pelosi do? When it looks like the deal could fail, she goes to bat for the deal.

Greg Sargent:
Pelosi is taking the possibility of a failed TAA vote in the House seriously. A Pelosi aide tells me that she is negotiating with GOP leaders to find a new pay-for to replace the Medicare cuts, since keeping them could end up killing it.
If Pelosi is opposed to Fast Track, she could let it die by letting TAA die. That's what Alan Grayson would do. After all, if there's no fast track for a job-killing "trade" bill, there's no need for worker assistance to mitigate the damage. Pelosi is working to enable the Fast Track and TPP deal, to keep it alive. She obviously wants it to pass.

Nancy Pelosi — The White House "Secret Weapon" on TPP

Now from Politico, this gut-churner on Obama, Pelosi and TPP. It opens with the bottom line:
White House’s secret weapon on trade: Nancy Pelosi

Administration officials have been so impressed by Nancy Pelosi’s approach to negotiations over giving President Barack Obama “fast-track” trade authority that they’ve started to consider a crazy possibility: She could even vote for it herself.

But only if she has to.
"But only if she has to"? If she's in favor of TPP why should she hide her hand in passing it? Feel free to make your best guess at the answer. Mine is, for the sake of appearances. For more on Pelosi controlling appearances, see the last quote in this piece.

The next few paragraphs are very Pelosi-friendly, but hard to credit once you get to these passages:
Obama aides say they don’t know how Pelosi will vote in the end, but they gush about how hands-on she’s been, how accommodating she’s been in letting them make their case, how critical she’s been in saying nothing about her position to give her fellow Democrats cover to get to yes.

“I applaud the leader for creating enough space to really evaluate this legislation,” said Rep. Ami Bera (D-Calif.), who announced his support for TPA last month and has become the anti-TPA effort’s top target to scare others into voting no. “She’s done a good job creating that space.”
That's "New Democrat" Ami Bera, who's being hit hard in his district for his declared Yes on TPP. Ami Bera wants to publicly "applaud" Pelosi for her work with Democrats, to "create that space" so Democrats can "get to yes."

The White House agrees:
The White House hopes Pelosi’s going to put her thumb on the backs of however many necks she needs, forcing yes votes among the more reluctant but safe members, letting the more endangered members off the hook, finding votes and trading votes until she gets to the 24, or 25, or 26 that she needs. ...

"Her position is that she wants to get to yes and she is talking about this almost on a daily basis," said a senior House Democrat.
Ignore the schizophrenia in the article about how she doesn't know how she's going to vote despite everything else it says about her effort. All she cares about, based on her reported behavior, is controlling her own appearance, her brand, as being "pro-worker" — and helping other pro-TPP members control their own appearances, as the above quote makes abundantly clear.

And ignore articles to the contrary; they just report what Pelosi is saying about herself. Sargent and this Politico piece report what Pelosi is doing — working hard to make TPP happen. She's the lead enabler in the House of the "next NAFTA" trade agreement, someone working almost daily to keep the deal alive in the House.

If she doesn't want to tag herself that way — and apparently she doesn't — it falls to us to tag her. Nancy Pelosi, lead House perp on the biggest anti-worker bill of this generation. Considering the damage TPP will do, I'd gladly pay to put that on her tombstone.


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At 12:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A couple articles down we were told how Pelosi won't retire as long as Hoyer can get her chair post.

Frankly, if the choice of which scum-sucking shit will be the perpetrator of the inevitable reaming, I'd much prefer the straightforward one (Hoyer) over the slimy, secretive, hypocritical one fraudulently trying to deflect ultimate responsibility (Pelosi).

Hoyer's motivation at least can be attributed to big bucks, Pelosi's seems more to be the delight in brutally fucking over Americans - much like her GOP colleagues.

John Puma

At 12:43 PM, Blogger ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Frickin' appalling.

It's the crap I expect from Chuck Schumer. Way to make the Democratic party irrelevant, Nancy.

At 9:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama's legacy is going to be how TPP and TTIP ended American democracy and ushered in corporatist rule. I just hope that Schumer and Pelosi will be able to sleep at night knowing how they facillitated the destruction of the US from within, just as Abraham Lincoln said in his address to the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois on January 27, 1838, titled "The Perpetuation of Our Political Institutions":

At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer. If it ever reach us it must spring up amongst us; it cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen we must live through all time or die by suicide.

Suicide by "free" trade.

At 3:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Must be what Billary said.
TPP (Teh Pelosi Plantation); where you're whipped all the way to the Obamavilla Big House!

At 8:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A very good and important article, if for no other reason it illustrates by example something that has been rampant since the '80s when the democrats sold out to the money in order to remain politically relevant.

Though this one is indicative of the waning effort on the Ds' parts to cover up such hypocrisy/betrayal, it has become commonplace for the whip to enable NAYs for certain reps when an AYE is the money's desired/achieved outcome.

We saw this repeatedly during the abysmal Pelosi/reid congress in iterative debt ceiling and obamneycare PERFORMANCES. The outcomes were determined far in advance of the actual bill being passed... but lots of Ds (chiefly obamanation) needed CYA performances so they could fool a lot of imbecile voters.

This also highlights the major difference between voting sects: if an R EITHER whipped (advocated) or voted contrary to the xenophobe/christotaliban redneck shit-for-brains orthodoxy, they pay the price of electoral demise.

When a D does this, they almost always get re-elected.

Says a lot about the stupidity of both sects. (hint: both are dumber than shit, but only one is utterly clueless)

Anonymous above has a salient quote from the very prescient Lincoln. It is obvious to me that suicide has already been committed, but the lethal drug cocktail hasn't yet quite stopped the heart. The brain died several congresses ago... proof was 2012 when 98.7% of voters failed to vote for Stein and the current abysmalest-ever congress was seated.


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