Looks like the corporate-captured elected officials (led by President Obama, John Boehner and Paul Ryan — how’s that for a coalition!) realize they don’t have the votes to ram this through Congress this week. They are reassessing how to reframe it all, maybe add a few more relatively meaningless token provisions and come back in late July when fewer people at the grassroots they hope are paying attention. It’s testimony to how powerful grassroots pressure was — understanding that Fast Track wasn’t/isn’t about “trade” as much as about “expanding corporate rule” with provisions that allow corporations in the guise of “impediments to trade” and/or “loss of future profits” to challenge and overturn democratically enacted laws and regulations at the federal, state and even municipal levels. We will not be fooled, distracted or mesmerized.
House punts on trade