Deconstruction of Cruz and Ryan

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Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has been busy selling the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), intended to fast-track the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and related deals, to Americans, along with others like Rubio, Boehner, and Ryan. Let’s do some due diligence on how he’s selling it and explore this incomprehensible explanation during an interview yesterday, . . . “Historically, since FDR virtually every president has had fast track authority. What fast track provides is simply if a free trade agreement is negotiated, that Congress will vote on it up or down without amendments, and history has demonstrated for the last 80 years that the only way to get free trade agreements adopted is to have fast track. That if there is no fast track, free trade agreements do not end up being negotiated.”

Ryan & Cruz


I’ve already noted why this Obama/Jarrett treaty cannot be supported, however, forget Obama, what do we learn here about Cruz and Ryan?

These two, and some of their Republican colleagues, may have been capable lawyers, however, they evidence a serious lack of intuitive verve. How can they possibly equate any preceding administration in America, with the one controlling the Oval Office today?  No Administration has ever trampled the constitution, or disrespected the other branches of government more.  Arousing historical precedents and the previous existence of “fast track authority,” does not and should not apply here.  America has never been here.  The national and global economic, political and social conditions that exist currently have no prior equivalent.

The above quotation indicates that Cruz and his small crowd assume that a free trade agreement is needed. The insanity of that assumption defies logic.  Every nation on earth wishes it could trade with America.  By handing an apologist community organizer and one with such a dismal track record, the power to negotiate a global deal, is guaranteeing a negotiation from a point of weakness.  Cruz and Ryan would have no way to control, influence, minimize or circumvent any future action by this Administration on this treaty.  They are “trusting” this President.  How is that possible?

Cruz and Ryan demonstrate a complete lack of understanding when it comes to international trade, economics and business.  They ideological and sweepingly affirm their support of “free trade,” which is a catch-all term of little significance here.  The implications of such a blind support will be detrimental to America. They are very much mistaken if they think that they will be able to curtail future Obama belligerence with Congressional action — are they not aware that he holds VETO power?

The Cruz assertion that without fast track there can be no negotiated agreement, is further proof that he is right out of it and is simply repeating talking points.  Fast tracking and secrecy are not fundamental underpinnings to negotiations of trade treaties that involve all major trading nations.  America, the world leader, is negotiating against dictatorships and communist regimes.  Is there good reason that it cannot dispatch whatever terms it wishes to the negotiating table?  If there was any sign, or even a crumb of evidence that a deal was being negotiated that would be of benefit to America, it would not be kept under wraps from everyone including most of Congress.

CEOs of companies such as AT&T, IBM, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, eBay, Cisco, Intel and Xerox are supporting this intended treaty.  Does that mean they know something? Or is it that they do what they’re told by this Administration in order to curry favour, similar to what we have endured for 6 years?  Or perhaps they support the fact that this “deal” will surreptitiously include immigration carte blanche to Obama, and prevent Congress to effectively regulate immigration. Cheaper imported labor at home, and pretences of open internet markets abroad are no foundation for a strategy to build a strong America.

Whether it is a complete lack of intuitive capacities, or the lack of familiarity and understanding with the state of international trade, Cruz and Ryan are willing to surrender to narcissism and dictatorship, both abroad and at home.  Sadly, we have to look to Pelosi for balance on this process.  That in itself feels crazy.


A constituent of the vast baby boomer generation with a career which has been fortunate to know the ponderous corporate worlds, as well as the intimately pressurized, and invigorating entrepreneurial domains of high tech and venture capital, I have harvested my share of mistakes meandering through corridors of enterprise from Silicon Valley, to London and endless, colourful, sometimes praetorian points in between. The voyage has provided an abundance of fodder for a pen yielding to an inquisitive keyboard, a foraging mind, and a passionate spirit. Whether political or business or social or economic or personal, is it not all political? It is a privilege to write, and an even greater privilege to be read by anyone, and sometimes with the wind at my back the writing may occasionally be legible. I do not write to invite scorn, nor to invite respect, but if I get really lucky the writing can stimulate thinking. I also write for the very selfish purpose of animating my own processes, and engaging the best of what life offers. Above all, whether biting fire or swatting shadows, I am grateful to be gifted the freedom to write and publish whatever flows down to the keyboard. To all those who enabled this freedom, and to all those standing guard to preserve it, I am indebted.

37 Responses to “Deconstruction of Cruz and Ryan”

  1. 26

    rich wheeler

    @Redteam: I’d rather swim in a 59 degree ocean than an 84 degree swamp.
    BTW Trump–“i’ m very rich” in today.
    Bush the younger in on Sat.
    More to follow I love it.
    Think Carson will take the lead if he gets in.
    Think Santorum will win Iowa then disappear

  2. 27


    @rich wheeler: I think you’re more concerned about the Repub candidate than you are the Dim? Is that because there are no moral Dims to run? No wait, that doesn’t matter…….

    So you like swimming in a wet suit? I swim in my 84 degree swimming pool.

  3. 28

    rich wheeler

    @Redteam: You’re the one that said all the Repub. candidates are liars. Not me- though I certainly agree with your supposition.
    Does your pool have a net to keep out those swamp fleas?

  4. 29


    @rich wheeler: You’re making things up RW. I didn’t say all Republicans are liars. give me the quote.

    Does your pool have a net to keep out those swamp fleas?

    never heard of a swamp flea, must be something native to Southern Gayfornia.

  5. 30

    rich wheeler

    @Redteam:#27 We were speaking of Repub. CANDIDATES #17 ” politicians if their lips are moving they are lying.” r
    Therefor Repub candidates being pols must all be liars. We have no argument there RT.
    Who do you like in MLB this season?

  6. 31

    another vet

    @rich wheeler: Shouldn’t you be focused on your own party? Is Hillary the best you can do? Will the left wing, which makes up the base of your party, go for someone like Webb over Hillary? Will Webb, if he decides to run which I think he will, move heavy to the left in order to pander to your party’s base or will he stick to his independent approach? You can mock the Republicans all you want, but if Hillary is the best the Dems can come up with, they are a party of little substance.

  7. 34

    another vet

    @rich wheeler: Come on now, if HRC is your party’s nominee, you’ll support her. Remember how you gave “serious” thought about Romney? Just out of curiosity, when McCain ran in 2008, your party brought up his age saying he was too old to be POTUS. Given that Clinton and Webb will both be around the same age as McCain was in 2008, do you support that position?

  8. 35

    Rich Wheeler

    @another vet: I’ve been saying for months I won’t vote for HRC–I’ve donated to, and offered my support to fellow Marine Webb. I don’t think age is a disqualifier if health is good.
    I’ve liked Rubio for a long time.. With Ohio’s Kasich as Veep–tough to beat.

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