Folk spoke early last century in rural agricultural terms, advising for instance, against buying “a pig in a poke.” Swine needed to be well examined before a purchase if one wish to avoid unpleasant surprises. Anyone selling stock who would not permit thorough examination was suspect.
So why has our President Obama classified his “TPP” trade deal, not even allowing Congressfolk the data unless locked up and supervised? What would you think if your son brought home a prospective bride while refusing you her name and keeping a bag over her head?
We’re told that the President’s TPP covers every aspect of the economy; not just trade. It’s clearly secret for a reason. Wikileaks offers $100k for the text. Privacy issues are mentioned too. Data and censorship effects are remarked. Yeah … “You have to pass it so that you can find out what is int it” is now famous with Obamacare; apparently it has set a trend. With this sort of business, why are we paying the not inconsiderable costs of a Congress?
Too, we note that the Prez’ own Dems are dragging their feet; it is the GOP that is out front pushing for the President’s bill and its secrecy and its special Presidential powers (also secret). Aren’t the Republicans supposed to be the “opposition?” Apparently, it thinks its job is to obtain for the Prez whatever his own folk refuse him. Why do we we need that sort of ‘political opponents?’ If opponents is the appropriate term.
It is hard to respect a Congress that prostitutes itself so. It is becoming even more difficult to respect a heretofore iconic nation that accepts such leadership.
It was simple for our grandparents: Honesty stood the light of day; pigs were sold inside pokes for a reason. But now, we seem to somehow find that unexceptionable. It is we who seem to have changed. Are we now more or less wise than of yore? You may decide for yourself. We well know what our grandfather would have said of a horse on sale whose teeth he was not permitted to examine.
Apparently that wisdom has not been transmitted to today’s voters. But we can understand; it is difficult to be both “entitled” and “responsible” at the same time, right? Or are we missing something here?