Bush wins on trade

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on December 6, 2001

Flying under the radar, with all of the war news and the grilling of Attorney General John Ashcroft (I'd like my Bush administration official blackened, please) is the president winning a crucial vote of fast-track trade authority. The House voted 215-214 to approve the bill. It now goes to the Senate. I haven't heard what the odds of it passing in the Senate are, mainly because no one thought it would pass in the House. On "Special Report with Brit Hume" Wednesday night, the "All-Star" panel was polled on whether Bush would win this one, and they all said "no." So much for the Fox All-Stars. To quote John McLaughlin: "WRONG!"

The CNN story on the bill quotes Minority Whip David Bonior ($-Mich.): "For the American people, fast track will be a bullet train to the unemployment line."

What a load of reindeer droppings ('Tis the season). All fast track authority gives the president is the ability to negotiate trade deals and then have the Congress vote them up or down, without amendment after amendment. If Bush negotiates a stinker of a deal, Bonior and his colleagues can certainly vote it down. It's not as though they're writing Bush a blank check.

How can you tell when a politician is lying? (I'd like to note for my more liberal readers that I used politician and not Democrat) When his lips are moving.


In a just world, SB 918 and its New York counterpart would make the Supreme Court* say: "well, we tried to let you keep shall issue, but you morons just couldn't help yourselves, so now constitutional carry is the law of the land".

*Hopefully it doesn't need to go to SCOTUS.

New talking points just dropped in WaPo -- if that's the excuse for the raid, how does the FBI also justify letting Clinton skate when she also had docs "classified at the highest classification level"? https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2022/08/11/garland-trump-mar-a-lago/?tid=ss_tw

The most dramatic consequences of government intervention occurred in Sri Lanka, where a 2021 fertilizer ban led to a massive reduction in yields, sparking starvation and an economic crisis that brought down the government in July.


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