You know the far right is relatively calm about this because elected Republicans are unafraid to back the trade deal -- there was overwhelming GOP support for the bill that failed yesterday. And even the GOP presidential aspirants from the state where you have to pay lip service to fears about Jade Helm to remain in good standing with the voters are backing the trade deal:
In an April 21 Wall Street Journal op-ed co-authored with Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., [Ted] Cruz said the TPP and another potential trade pact with European nations “would mean greater access to a billion customers for American manufacturers, farmers and ranchers.”Yes, but what about Rand Paul, who regularly sides with the far right? Hasn't he declared his opposition to fast-tracking TPP?
[Rick] Perry also came out in support of the deal. “Gov. Perry has always supported free trade and its positive impact on economic growth and job creation,” a spokesman told Breitbart. “He believes America can achieve robust economic growth and job creation, similar to what has occurred in Texas, with trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership.”
“I’ve told leadership I’m a 'no' vote” on trade promotion authority,” Paul said during a campaign stop in New Hampshire.Well, yes -- but that seems to be strictly because the agreement has been kept secret:
“I’m hesitant to give blanket authority on stuff we haven’t seen,” he said.Paul, in fact, supports TPP:
Last fall, in a foreign policy address to The National Interest, Paul urged President Obama to make the U.S. pivot to Asia by completing the TPP.I don't get it. I'd say it's because far-rightists don't want to be on the same side as progressives, but that didn't stop some of them from opposing the Iraq War, and there's far-right opposition to NSA surveillance, drones, and GMO foods, all of which also show up on the left.
“Instead of just talking about a so-called pivot to Asia the Obama administration should prioritize negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership by year’s end,” he said.
“Trade is a critical element of building a productive relationship with other nations, including China,” he said.
The far right is usually furious about real or imagined threats to U.S. sovereignty -- but I guess that when the threats come from large corporations, far-rightists stop being Alex Jonesians and revert to pure Foxism, believing that whatever's good for business is good. That's the only explanation I can come up with.