Capitol Hill Democrats still fully support President Obama’s roughshod use of executive authority — unless the authority isn’t so roughshod and the issue is free trade:
Liberals are waging a vigorous fight against Obama’s push for expanded trade power, fearing it would lead to trade deals that favor corporate interests over American workers.
Democrats and some Republicans are adamant that trade promotion authority (TPA) would give Obama’s trade team too much control over negotiations, and are making their opposition known in a barrage of press conferences on Capitol Hill.
“I have long supported President Obama. I believe he generally wants to improve the lives of working Americans,” said Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn) after Obama asked for help from both parties on trade in his State of the Union address.
“But on the issue of trade, I will oppose the administration because unfortunately they are following the same exact policy that has failed in the past.”
Funny how the Democrats love executive authority, except in the one instance where it comes down on the side of expanding opportunity.
It’s been a long time since I can remember seeing a Democrat in Washington who wasn’t a statist at heart.