Today, Main Street Democrats achieved a signal victory for the middle class by successfully filibustering President Obama’s demand for Fast Track Authority, which would have made it easy for congress to pass the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), the largest income and political power redistribution scam in US history.
The TPP has been negotiated to raise pharmaceutical prices, offshore jobs, drive millions of Latin American immigrants into the USA illegally, eliminate your state and local voting rights on certain issues, increase already bloated income and wealth inequality, override Wall Street regulations, and lots more stuff that benefit the 1 percent at the expense of the 99 percent.
Fast track would have limited debate on the TPP, forbidden a senate filibuster on it, and not allow any amendments to the income redistribution scheme.
Led by Harry Reid, the Democrats tried to force the Republicans to accept four other bills in tandem with Fast Track Authority. These included provisions against child labor and currency manipulation.
Shockingly, even Wall Street Senator Ron Wyden stood with fellow Democrats in voting against Fast Track. Wyden had negotiated a deal with Wall Street Republican Senator Orrin Hatch that gave him some sort of self decided green light to vote against the 99 percent on Fast Track Authority on behalf of his Wall Street masters. His influence on Fast Track legislation was largely smoke and mirrors to fool the Democratic base. The base wasn’t fooled however.
Wyden is up for reelection in the state of Oregon next year, and grass root Democrats are organizing against him on an unprecedented level.
This defeat does not mark the end of the war against the middle class. So keep fighting against fast track and the TPP.