The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


November 5, 2013

Agree and disagree

It's not often that I agree with Jack Miller, of Center Township in Snyder County. But his letter on the "Trans-Pacific Partnership" was right on target. He does an outstanding job of dissecting and exposing this trade agreement for what it and many past trade agreements are: a fraud, a gift to special interests, and a surrender of American sovereignty.

This proposed new trade agreement is so onerous that those pushing it want to "fast track" it so that no amendments are permitted. And the idea that representatives of business are writing the bill and keeping members of Congress pretty much in the dark is outrageous.

Most of the time I support the position of big business and of small business. They are a vital part of our free enterprise system. But in a situation like this, those big businesses who want to "make a killing" on certain free trade agreements, without any regard for the well being of most Americans, must be stopped. And there are those in my own Republican Party who are so willing to accede to the greed of certain big business interests that they want unlimited immigration so that they can fire (or avoid firing) American workers in order to hire cheap immigrant workers.

However, I must go on record as totally disagreeing with Mr. Miller on his peddling in a more recent article the outright falsehood that Republicans shut down the government. The Republicans in the House of Representatives at least twice voted to keep funding the entire government, except for Obamacare. It was Obama and his toadies in the Senate who decided they would prefer to shut down the entire government rather than to see Obamacare not funded. Supporters of Obamacare state he and the Senate would not have agreed to a bill to defund Obamacare. But the Senate would not have had to pass a defunding bill. Obama would not have had to sign it. The Republicans in the House simply needed to stick together and not vote to fund it. Sure, Obamacare was authorized, but many bills are authorized, but then not funded, and therefore not implemented.

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