The arguments for fast-track are completely ridiculous.
The terms of the TPP and the TiSA are so secret that drafts of the negotiations are to remain classified for four years or five years, respectively, after the deals have been passed into law. How can laws be enforced against people and governments who are not allowed to know what was negotiated?
The TPP, TiSA and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (or TTIP, which covers Europe) will collectively encompass three-fourths of the world’s GDP; and they ultimately seek to encompass nearly 90 percent of GDP. Despite this enormous global impact, fast-track authority would allow the President to sign the deals before their terms have been made public, and send implementing legislation to Congress that cannot be amended or filibustered and is not subject to the constitutional requirement of a two-thirds treaty vote. Read full article.
Marcus Aurelius: More Than Half World’s Countries Spawning Jihadists – Robert Steele: Is Anyone Getting This?
From Newsmax; have not yet been able to verify:
A highly disturbing new report from the United Nations asserts that more than half of the world’s nations are now producing jihadist fighters to join the ranks of terrorist organizations in the Middle East. More than 25,000 mujahideen have joined the al-Qaida network and the Islamic State (ISIS) in recent years, creating an “unprecedented” and long-term threat to international security, according to the U.N. The report, prepared by the U.N. Security Council’s special permanent committee for monitoring Islamic violence, “amounts to one of the most bleak and comprehensive assessments of the global foreign fighter phenomenon compiled yet,” the Financial Times stated. The authors of the report said their findings are based on detailed evidence from 27 intelligence and security services from around the globe.
Today, Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz, the Columbia professor and former economic advisor to Bill Clinton, [published] a new report for the Roosevelt Institute entitled “Rewriting the Rules,” which is basically a roadmap for what many progressives would like to see happen policy wise over the next four years.
Eight “fixes” and PBI commentary below the fold.