Dawn J. Bennett, founder and CEO of Bennett Group Financial Services, recently interviewed Curtis Ellis, the executive director of the American Jobs Alliance, on Financial Myth Busting with Dawn J. Bennett. The American Jobs Alliance is an activist group leading the opposition against Obama’s proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TTP), also known as “ObamaTrade.” Ellis is also a former writer and producer for Lou Dobbs Tonight, CNN, NBC News, Fox News, as well as a former reporter for Associated Press radio.
Ellis recently wrote a report titled “Obama Strikes Again,” in which he states Obama said he would push the TTP in a lame duck session of Congress and Donald Trump is unfit for the presidency. In his interview with Dawn J. Bennett, he discusses these statements further.
Ellis said Obama is unfit for the presidency for the simple reason that he said he would push the TPP in a lame duck session of Congress.
“Now as someone who said he is a professor of constitutional law, Mr. Obama should know that the Constitution was amended in 1933 with the 20th amendment, the so called Lame Duck Amendment, because it was the sense of Congress, and the various states that approved the amendment, that nothing but routine legislation should be considered in a lame duck session,” Ellis said.
He continued, “Something as important as this sweeping 12 nation international regulatory pact that will affect everything, every bit of commerce that is carried on within this country, which will affect our laws including immigration, energy and everything else, is not routine legislation, and that should not be considered in a lame duck session of Congress.”
Major trade agreements are a hot button issue in Trump and Clinton’s campaigns. Recent polls suggest many Americans are not in favor of free trade agreements, and both Trump and Clinton have expressed that Obama’s proposed trade policy is not the way to go. Trump has clearly stated that he is against the TPP and would repeal it if he was elected president. Clinton, who actually helped negotiate the TTP, says she’s not in favor of it but has not provided information on what her alternative trade program would look like.
“She [Hilary Clinton] helped negotiate this Trans-Pacific Partnership. She helped negotiate it. She called it the gold standard of agreements,” said Ellis. “But then when she came under pressure from Bernie Sanders in the primaries, and from Mr. Trump, and looked at all the polls and saw how widely unpopular it is, she reversed course. In a very carefully parsed statement she said ‘I am opposed to it in its current form’.”
Ellis also noted that this was the same articulation used by Bill Clinton when he was in office. During his campaign for the presidency he said he was opposed to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Ellis explained, “But once he won the election he said well, we’re going to change it a little. He got some side letter agreements, which were really non-binding and toothless, and said okay, now it’s fixed, and now I can support it”
He continued, “Add to that the fact that her [Hilary Clinton] closest confidant, Terry McAuliffe, who is now the governor of Virginia, when he was asked about the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Hillary Clinton shifting positions on it, he said, and this was during the Democratic National Convention, he said, don’t worry, once the election is over she’ll come around, and she’ll support it. We’ve got to build the global economy.”
Ellis said if Clinton were to win the election, we can expect the TTP to be run through Congress.
“Hillary Clinton will stand on the sidelines, publicly take no stand, but behind the scenes will be, probably, whipping for it,” he said.