Max Baucus Finally Gets His Grand Bargain!
Usually, when Max Baucus tries to craft a grand bargain, oversized legislation starts by getting progressively worse, at which point the legislation finally dies.
But he has finally succeeded in getting a grand bargain, with a deal to extend Trade Adjustment Assistance in exchange for votes on the Korea, Colombia, and Panama trade deals.
Baucus said he had secured an agreement with the White House and Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, to renew the expanded version of Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA). The program, which funds job-training programs and healthcare benefits for workers hurt by trade, will be extended until the end of 2013.
If that doesn’t already make you vomit, then consider the way the Chamber of Commerce’s Tom Donohue is preening over this agreement.
“For members of Congress who care about American jobs, this is a moment of truth,” said Tom Donohue, the Chamber’s president and CEO. “I urge members of both parties to seize a reasonable compromise and move the trade agenda forward. The time to act is now.”
As if the Chamber gives a hoot about jobs–aside from the ones they can move to countries where labor organization is met with murder.
“Mad Max” says it all for me.
mommy make it stop
gah, all oligarch terrorism, all the time
Compromises that destroy the Democratic Party are the world of blue dogs and Obama.
This net job loss trade agreement package – as reviewed by the Obama folks – is in line with Obama’s screw the worker view – toss some “job training” to workers living in an area where the plant has closed, they have no equity because housing pricing collapsed with the close of the plant, and no jobs exist – yeah, that will help. Should be an easy sell to the base.
And once again the Democratic Party is offering the GOP a he-said/she-said election rather an election about what we are for and what the GOP are not in favor of.
We have a Medicare issue after the Ryan Plan disaster – but post Obama led compromises in 2012 the corporate controlled media will inform the voter that in the issue about which party “really” cares about grandma’s health, “Democrats say their cuts will have less impact on seniors, whereas Republicans say their plan will give seniors more choices.” – and that is sure to move votes in our direction.
Candidate Obama, 2008:
President Obama, 2011:
If free trade, unlike before, will now provide jobs here in the United States, then why do we need “Trade Adjustment Assistance?”
They are looking to eliminate the middle-class in total… We just don’t mean anything to them…
on edit Baucus is a greedy asshole!!
Ah yes, TAA! Maybe it wasn’t this exact article, but it was something much like it that I saw a while back. The researcher documents and investigates reasons for underuse of the program by employers who have import competition.
From the results:
So, it took a researcher tracking down a data anomaly to discover that the program was ineffective, and something of why ——and then it turns out to be “no one’s” fault! Yeah, we want some more of that, for sure!
Seems like most of the jobs created here are non-unionized, low wages, low or no benefits jobs at McDonalds, Target, Wal-Mart and war machine defense contractors. And now robots, who will be counted as new jobs created, while they replace humans.
When the TAA expires in 2013, do the trade deals expire then, too?