Forgot your password?

We just sent you an email, containing instructions for how to reset your password.

Sign in

  • Extreme secrecy is eroding support for Obama's trade pact

    Classified briefings and bill-readings in basement rooms are making members queasy. (Edward-Isaac Dovere on POLITICO)

    Read the full text at:

    While I prefer writing about the sweet smells of spring jasmine, and the shadows of low flying hawks on the pond, it seems more important to point out the unprecedented, outrageous, and totally unconstitutional way POTUS is handling the super-secret Trans-Pacific Partnership .

    His frantic obsession with creating a "legacy" is taking him into shark infested waters which are filled with catastrophic consequences for our country.

    Are you going to let him get away with this?

    It is not too late to join the millions who are vigorously protesting this outrageous move to put global mega corporations in charge of our lives. If this piece of elitist garbage passes, say goodbye to our national sovereignty forever.

    Remember Obamacare and Pelosi's exhortation to Congress: "We have to pass it to find out what is in it" ? (Look where that ended up. Now we know what is in it, the Supreme Court may dismantle it, and it is possible that premiums may go up as high as 50%.) So much for passing stuff you don't read, debate and understand.

    Finally, it is becoming clear what Obama is up to here, and it is NOT transparency. It is opacity, cover up, and lies. It is just business as usual - lies upon lies, and an agenda which will finish off our rights under our Constitution in dreadful ways.

    Do your own research. Amy Goodman's DEMOCRACY NOW has been following this with excellent articles and videos.

    Time to call your Representative in Congress, and holler like all hell.



    If you want to hear the details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal the Obama administration is hoping to pass, you’ve got to be a member of Congress, and you’ve got to go to classified briefings and leave your staff and cellphone at the door.

    If you’re a member who wants to read the text, you’ve got to go to a room in the basement of the Capitol Visitor Center and be handed it one section at a time, watched over as you read, and forced to hand over any notes you make before leaving.

    And no matter what, you can’t discuss the details of what you’ve read.

    “It’s like being in kindergarten,” said Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), who’s become the leader of the opposition to President Barack Obama’s trade agenda. “You give back the toys at the end.”

    For those out to sink Obama’s free trade push, highlighting the lack of public information is becoming central to their opposition strategy: The White House isn’t even telling Congress what it’s asking for, they say, or what it’s already promised foreign governments.
    • Share

    Connected stories:


Collections let you gather your favorite stories into shareable groups.

To collect stories, please become a Citizen.

    Copy and paste this embed code into your web page:

    px wide
    px tall
    Send this story to a friend:
    Would you like to send another?

      To retell stories, please .

        Sprouting stories lets you respond with a story of your own — like telling stories ’round a campfire.

        To sprout stories, please .

            Better browser, please.

            To view Cowbird, please use the latest version of Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera, or Internet Explorer.