Opinion: As we were just saying …


Well, there you are, Mr. Candidate! No sooner do we accuse Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) of losing his bluster (Current, May 12) than does he release this gem about President Barack Obama (D-White House) and trade initiatives: “I’ve said that the only way I would give fast-track trade authority to a president was if it was a president that could actually … negotiate well, and after watching the way this president has negotiated with folks in Iran, I have real concerns about giving this president the ability to negotiate on his own.” As do we. With regard to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Donald Trump (R-You Name It), in a joint statement with Americans for Limited Government, offered: “Instead of fast-tracking TPP, Congress should pass legislation that holds China and Japan accountable for currency manipulation.” The U.S. Senate was scheduled to vote last week to advance the legislation. Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.), with whom we don’t side on much, scored points with us on this: “We don’t create good jobs for Americans by entering into unbalanced trade deals that forego congressional scrutiny, and then looking the other way as the law is ignored so that we can import low-wage labor, undercut American workers, and drive wages lower than the Dead Sea.” That’s something of a haymaker. Are the Republicans showing some fire? Yes. Will it last? We doubt it. But for now, listen to Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.): “I am not for giving more authority to a president who ignores the Constitution, the separation of powers, and will of the American people. This particular President must not be given any more power to do anything else to harm this country. He cannot be trusted.” Really. Can anyone?

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