RUSH: We’re gonna start in West Palm Beach in Florida. This is Joel. I’m glad you called, sir. Great to have you with us. Hello.
CALLER: Hey, Rush, I grew up listening to you with my dad. I really appreciate you taking my call. Great honor.
RUSH: Why thank you, sir, very much.
CALLER: So anyways, I read a quote earlier from Elizabeth Warren about this transpacific pact, and she was making fun of the Obama administration for saying if we knew what was in it we wouldn’t want to pass it. And she said that is not how a democracy works. I think that sounds pretty similar to how they did Obamacare, doesn’t it?
RUSH: Yeah, it is. That’s a good catch on your part, Joel. I can tell that you are a lifetime, lifelong listener. Great, great catch.
CALLER: Thank you, sir. Thank you for taking the time today.
RUSH: Well, you should feel very proud, you should feel very proud. Elizabeth Warren did say something along the lines of “we’re gonna have to pass it to find out what’s in it.” Which is exactly what Pelosi said about Obamacare, we gotta pass it to know what’s in it. Now, the interesting thing about this Obama trade is the Democrats hate it. The Democrats hate it because they think that it does great damage to unions, is the primary reason they hate it.
They also hate it because the Republicans are providing the necessary push to get it passed, which kind of bothers me. Since it’s an Obama deal, the odds are it isn’t good. Since it’s an Obama deal, the odds are the United States is gonna take it in the shorts, as we have on so much of the Obama agenda, both domestic and foreign policy. One of the things, and there are many — and by the way, it hasn’t changed. They would not allow any of this deal to be paid made public. Members of Congress, House and Senate, had to go to a private room to read it. They weren’t allowed to take any notes. Well, they could take notes. They couldn’t leave with their notes. They weren’t allowed to tell anybody what they read.
Jeff Sessions had a massive op-ed piece and floor speech in the Senate about this. It’s a disaster, just on that basis alone. It’s not how things happen in this country. Cybercast News Service just posted a story that the trade deal, the Obama Pacific partner trade deal, whatever it’s called, will eliminate trade barriers with North Vietnam — well, Vietnam. Vietnam is a communist Regime. It’s running a $24.9 billion trade deficit with the US, and the transpacific partnership that Obama is negotiating with 11 other nations seeks to eliminate both tariff and nontariff trade barriers with these countries.
I’ll tell you, to understand this stuff, Obama said something when he normalized or began the process of normalizing relations with Cuba. He said something to the effect that, if we’ve been doing things a certain way for 50 years and they’re not working, why, it’s time for a change. Of course, that doesn’t apply to our own welfare state and failed Democrat policy after failed Democrat policy, but it is applicable when dealing with Iran, the Middle East, Israel and Palestine, and now dealing with foreign regimes who owe us money. We’re just gonna wipe it out. We’re gonna eliminate their debt all because the only reason they have the debt is because we’re such a mean superpower, and it’s up to us to make it up to them for being the way we have been.
RUSH: There’s another reason the left, the Democrats, don’t like it. They think that the Obama trade deal empowers evil corporations to sue things like the United Nations over EPA regulations and so. They really hate it for that reason.