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What in the World is the Obama Administration Doing?

Soon-to-be-former President Barack Obama has been busy. He sprints through the final days of his term like a bargain basement, determined to have something significant Trump can’t undo. To that end, the president has devoted last week to bridge-burning with our allies.

It began when a UN resolution was passed that condemned Israeli settlements on the West Bank. The U.S. historically vetoed anti-Israeli bills like these but they didn’t this time. No explanation for the about-face on U.S. policy was given to the public, but Secretary of State John Kerry gave Israel a patronizing lecture that contained a few clues. “You can be Democratic or you can be Jewish, but you cannot be both,” he said. Note: This is the only documented instance of John Kerry saying anything interesting on record. Who cares if it’s nonsense?

Planned talks for a 2-state solution collapsed two years ago, and it didn’t trouble Obama until last week. His refusal to stand by Israel is more likely a byproduct of his icy relationship with Netanyahu.

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No bromance here

Trump sent a tweet calling Kerry a traitor and inexplicably referring to him as “the worst import from Vietnam”. He appeared with Don King for a mini-press conference (because why not?), and the boxing promoter waved small U.S. and Israeli flags. Trump said relatively little about Kerry except his speech “spoke for itself.”

The Israeli government responded quickly: “We have ironclad information that the Obama administration really helped push this resolution and helped craft it.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Secretary Kerry of supporting terrorism, which was unfairly harsh. Kerry doesn’t originate ideas or map out strategies. His only skill is reading in grave, statesman-like tones; he probably thinks the West Bank settlement is a condo community in Georgetown. 

Seriously, I don't know anything. But I look just like Andrew Jackson, right?

Seriously, I don’t know anything, but I look a lot like Andrew Jackson.

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Day of Reckoning: Republicans and President Obama’s Corrupt Deal Before Congress

A lot is riding on today’s vote on Trade Promotion Authority (TPA).

Have you noticed what a bland name TPA is? Politicians have a knack of selecting names that disguise an entity’s true purpose, e.g., Patriot Act, National Security Agency, House of unAmerican Activities Committee. Maybe extremely bland names are the next-gen strategy for ensuring little attention is paid to what politicians do?

We could rename some current legislation to more accurately represent the content. How about:

  • Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) –> The Reducing American Citizens’ Representation Act
  • Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) –> The Enrich Corporations at the Expense of American Workers Bill

The aim of both of these bills is simple and disturbing. Here it is, in plain language:

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