Barack Obama, upon taking over the White House in 2009, told Republicans bluntly that “elections have consequences” and proceeded to bulldoze over the opposing party’s priorities and requests.
This year, Donald Trump has not even taken the oath of office and some of those consequences are apparent.
For one, Obama’s long-sought dream of the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal apparently is dead.
That’s according to Sen. Chuck Schumer, who likely will be the top Democrat in the incoming Senate.
The Hill reported the signals coming from Schumer to Obama are clear.
The report said Schumer “told the AFL-CIO executive council that lawmakers won’t ratify the Trans Pacific Partnership.”
“Schumer, who has voiced concerns that the deal doesn’t do enough to crack down currency manipulation, told CNBC’s John Harwood in mid-October that he thought the TPP ‘may well get’ 51 votes if Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., brought it to the floor in the lame-duck session,” the report said.
However, with Trump now preparing to move into the Oval Office, his well-known opposition to TPP is exerting more influence.
He said last summer, during the heat of the campaign, there appears to be “no way” to fix the deal.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., already had expressed doubts about support for the deal.
The Hill reported McConnell believes its fate is entirely up to Trump.
“I think president-elect made it pretty clear he was not in favor of the current agreement. But he has the latitude because TPA is in place through the next administration to negotiate better deals, as I think he would put it, if he chooses to. And sending it up to us for an expedited up or down vote,” he told reporters.
WND’s Curtis Ellis reported last month that even globalists were trashing the deal.
“Arch-globalist George Soros and the apparatchiks at the United Nations are blasting the international regulatory pact President Obama promises will write the rules of the global economy,” he explained. “George Soros, schismatic pope in the High Church of Globalism, has a serious problem with the Trans-Pacific Partnership: the fact that it includes Malaysia, a slave-trading state ruled by a corrupt regime that persecutes Christians and breeds radical Islamist terrorists.”
He cited a memo from Soros, released by WikiLeaks, that scorches Obama for his cozy relationship with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.
It calls Najib “a poster boy for the 21st century kleptocracy” who has used “a racial supremacist ideology that is collapsing under the weight of corruption” to perpetuate his power.
Soros’ memo rips the plan: “With a potent stew of corruption, disenchantment with secular government, an Islamic-racialist ideology, government funded Salafism and the worst TIP [Trafficking in Persons] and human smuggling situation in Southeast Asia, Malaysia is the regional source for the export of extreme ideas and of militants feared by neighboring Singapore and Indonesia.”
“Rather than One Nation Under God, Obama/Clinton Democrats pledge allegiance to ‘diversity’ – a kaleidoscope of separate ethnic and sexual demographic groups. These favored constituencies then feed on a smorgasbord of affirmative action, disparate-impact and income-support programs paid for by hardworking taxpayers. The party of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton now wants to repeat the process on the world stage,” he wrote.
“In the globalist’s worldview, the idea of the United States of America as a sovereign nation, One Nation Under God, is an anachronism, a quaint artifact left over from an earlier age. We are all citizens of the world, Obama proclaimed in Berlin in 2008, united by our participation in the brave new ‘global economy,'” he added.
The sweeping 12-nation regulatory pact would create an international commission of unelected foreign bureaucrats who will “write the rules for the global economy.”
The Trans-Pacific Partnership Commission would regulate immigration, food, energy, medicine, Internet, copyrights and more, he explained.
In mid-summer, WND reported a plan by Obama to bring up TPP during lame duck session of Congress, which will include many members who won’t return.
Trump has declared that if elected president, he would “rip up TPP on his first day in office.”