Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Obama Trade Deal Would Strip Congressional Authority Over Work Visas

UPDATED: It's just another example of the death of the U.S. Constitution and our republican form of government. The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact negotiated by President Barack Obama with other nations would effectively strip Congress of its ability to adjust work visas issued to foreign workers and hand that control to an international tribunal.

American college graduates are seeing their hopes dashed as they finish their college degrees with enormous student loan debt only to find they are unable to find a job, particularly STEM jobs, because employers are using work visas issued by the federal government to hire foreign workers. Those work visas were originally intended to be issued only to workers in fields for which there were a shortage of American workers, but in recent years, record numbers of work visas have been issued to foreign workers while many skilled American workers are unable to find employment.

What is now clear is that these guest worker programs are not being used as they were intended to be used. In my practice of law, I've uncovered major abuses of these programs that are being ignored by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Department of Homeland Security. Some employers treat foreign workers like indentured servants, violating every rule applicable to their employment with virtual impunity. They are nothing more than an exercise in depressing wages in this country for even the most skilled workers. I hate to say it, but the American dream is dead for most people. We are rapidly devolving into a third world country with a large gulf between the haves and have nots, which seems to be the design of the multi-national corporations and billionaire oligarchs who now control our elected officials lock, stock and barrel.

You need to be contacting members of the Indiana congressional delegation and asking them why they favor this trade deal. Any member of Congress who supports this trade deal is violating the oath of office they took when they were sworn into office. If they are unable to abide by the terms of the U.S. Constitution, then they should resign or be removed from office.

UPDATE: Senate Republicans handed President Obama a major victory when they provided enough votes to allow for fast track authority of the trade deal to proceed to a vote tomorrow. Only four Republicans joined 33 Democrats in opposing the motion approved on a 60-37 vote. They included: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL). Not surprisingly, Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN), who is not seeking re-election, favors a vote on the trade deal. Sen. Joe Donnelly, the state's junior Democratic senator, voted against the procedural motion.


Anonymous said...

Gary, GREAT post! What we have going on in DC far as I can see is a repudiation of our US Constitution in favor or a "union" like the now-faltering, debt-ridden European Union. That the salvo in DC is being led by the likes of Paul Ryan- protégé of bleeding heart liberal Republican Jack Kemp- and John Boehner, and Mitch McConnell- is no surprise. America is being changed by a long term soft invasion both major parties desire and all these three RINO's can do is continue the damage.

If I were one of 5th Congressional Seat Holder Susan Brooks's subjects, I would be screeching at the top of my lungs to find out why Susan Brooks is in favor of the dilution of our nation. I have to wonder if 5th Congressional residents who voted for Susan Brooks realize just how liberal Democrat-lite she is!

Alas, I have contacted attorney David Brooks' wife RINO Establishment attorney-by-trade Susan Brooks of the 5th Congressional... as well as Donnelly, Carson, and senile carpetbagger Coats with the result of pro forma replies having little or nothing to do with the issues I presented.... and about my concerns as a legal American citizen I get crickets. Lots of crickets. Why bother contacting these entrenched political ruling class people who exempt themselves from the insane laws they force us unwashed to be slave to?

Anonymous said...

I just don't understand how Mr. Obama has consistently re-written our constitution unchallenged.

Anonymous said...

Anon 7:48- I used to wonder the same thing until I woke up and realized that The United States as founded no longer exists; our Constitutional Republic is dead and sadly it is long dead. We've all for a century been in a dream state, politically asleep at the wheel, working hard as hell, going about rearing families, paying mortgages, having our money stolen by politicians in the form of "fees and taxes", etc., while we allowed those politicians of all parties transmute America into the socialist soft police state it is today. The United States was "transformed" long before The Messiah was placed as a figurehead.

The Founders' brilliant new idea, the US Constitution, underwent the knife of the "re-writing" process under progressive liberal Democrat Woodrow Wilson and the subterfuge circa 1913 with the creation of The "Federal" Reserve- a central bank that serves neither America nor Americans but rather the "Red Shield" family and dirty politicians.

Marxist socialist Barak Obama, worth multi-millions (!), is merely continuing the destruction of America that began decades and decades ago. That John Boehner and Mitch McConnell are now more Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid than Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid ever were speaks volumes to the ruination of the once vaunted shining city on a hill. It just doesn't exist anymore.

Flogger said...

I have thought and I believe been proven correct the goal of the Multinational Corporations has been to export to Third World Sweat Shops. If you cannot export the jobs bring the Third World here. We have over the past twenty vast numbers of undocumented workers entering the USA. At first they were unskilled labor, the purpose of them was to drive down wages. The assault continues with "Skilled" Labor being imported into the USA, once again the idea is to suppress wages.

Paul Craig Roberts, was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy for President Reagan and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He has this to say:

The Transatlantic and Transpacific Trade and Investment Partnerships have nothing to do with free trade. “Free trade” is used as a disguise to hide the power these agreements give to corporations to use law suits to overturn sovereign laws of nations that regulate pollution, food safety, GMOs, and minimum wages. What the “partnerships” do is to make private corporations immune to the laws of sovereign countries on the grounds that laws of countries adversely impact corporate profits and constitute “restraint of trade.” Countries that do not provide monopoly protection for brand name pharmaceuticals and chemical products, and allow generics in their place, can be sued for damages by corporations.

Quite simply the Multi National Corporations have no loyalty to any country. They will be laws unto themselves.

So far I know of only ONE Presidential Candidate who opposes this new scheme and that is Bernie Sanders. Hillary as you would expect is silent. You can be sure the Multi National Corporations are doing all they can to strong arm our Elected Representatives into voting for this new trade scheme.

Anonymous said...

Flogger is correct. The multinationals own governments and treat the people of the world as chattel. Bernie Sanders won't fix it. He wants to, but they will kill him before he gets close. They will kill anyone who is a serious, legitimate threat.

If you want to beat them, you have to fight a guerilla war. Stop buying their crap. Stop doing business with them. Enlist the help of others...anyone who can think. Start with the TARP banks who raped the American people starting with Paulson/Bush and have continued unchallenged by The Great Divider. Every freedom loving American should be doing everything in his or her power to lessen their reliance on Big Money, Big Oil, Big Pharma, Big Ag, etc. because at the end of the day these people and companies will destroy everything and everyone who stands in their way.

We have a moral obligation to destroy them first, and it starts by starving the beast. It's hard. I get that. But the stakes are high. It's time to stop complaining and start fighting as they fight, which is to say without compunction. Screw them.

Marycatherine Barton said...

Thanks so much for this article. Those who reign supreme run all the political parties and the corporate controlled media. Washington IS DC, the district of criminals.

MikeC said...

I'm thinking a UKIP type party now (USIP?). Who would be our Farage? Donald Trump? I could see such a party getting lots of rank and file support from both parties and Independents who are sick of the powerful and connected selling middle America down the river.

Anonymous said...

I've noted that whenever left liberal Democrats have to defend their own, they have two deceptions: (1) "But what about those Republicans!?!" and (2) "It was bi-partisan..." (as if a crime agreed on by two parties makes it less a crime).

Democrat Bill Clinton's vaunted NAFTA is the vehicle transnational corporations used to offshore American production. This is why the American economy- once the powerhouse of world production- is moribund, regardless of what Obama and his minions and brain-dead adoring followers claim,. America no longer produces and that means America no longer creates real wealth for Herself of for her legal citizens.

Liberal Democrats and RINO Establishment Republicans who sell their political souls are the problem and it is exactly these criminals whom we have the moral obligation to destroy.

Pete Boggs said...

The Constitution doesn't license a crime syndicate to replace what's supposed to be government. If the law / Constitution is their problem; they must resign.

Sir Hailstone said...

This is what stinks about how things work in Washington... look at the title of this bill:

"A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow Federal law enforcement officers, firefighters, and air traffic controllers to make penalty-free withdrawals from governmental plans after age 50, and for other purposes."

That whole "and for other purposes" should be banned and a germaneness test applied to all bills. Will that happen? F--- no! This is how the gotcha game is played. Take two polar opposite bills, slap them together. It is true - laws are like sausage. Its never pleasant seeing either being made. Remember - the original Obamacare was an amendment to an FAA Reauthorization bill. This is why we never have nice things.

Gary R. Welsh said...

You're right. The entire legislative process has been so bastardized by the corrupt people who populate Congress. Most members of Congress have no clue what they are voting on at any given time. They only have the little arrows provided to them by their puppet masters indicating which way they need to vote to keep their campaign dollars flowing and the illicit funds flowing into their personal bank accounts through any variety of schemes concocted by the Washington establishment to circumvent public bribery laws. Everyone elected to Congress now becomes super wealthy in a very short period of time, which they clearly don't earn from their generous congressional salaries.

Anonymous said...

"Corrupt people who populate Congress" is a dead ringer description and those of us with families in the 5th Congressional District have just such a person there by the name of Susan Brooks.

Josh said...

Isn't voting to give away American sovereignty levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort?

Article Three of the United States Constitution
Section 3: Treason
Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.

This also applies to the 0bama regime giving aid to isis and other Islamic groups.