TPP, Round 2


Back when Groucho Marx was President of Freedonia, he held a cabinet meeting. One member wanted to discuss the tariff but was out of order: the tariff was “new business” and the chair was reviewing “old business.” But when the chair recognized “new business” the subject of the tariff had meantime become “old business” and discussion of the tariff was still out of order! (Background: Old Business/New Business and TPP, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, June 13, 2015.)

On Friday, June 12th the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal was “news.” By Monday however the TPP had become “old news” and was not on the table for discussion. Today, at 14:05 UTC (10:05 am in Washington, DC), there is a new moon. Coincidentally, “lawmakers straggled back into town” reports the New York Times (NYT). They were “straggling” on Monday evening, June 15th. [1]

Zeppo Marx was secretary to President Groucho of Freedonia. He was the scribe, just like New York Times. Zeppo NYT announced last night that the subject of TPP had again become “new business.” [1]


So President Groucho has ordered the secretary Zeppo NYT to announce that TPP has again become “new business.” Congressional Republican leaders and White House officials on Monday explored ways to resurrect trade legislation that stalled last week, Zeppo informs us. [1]

The new moon arriving in Washington, DC at 10:05 am is in Gemini, astrologer Holiday Mathis tells her readers. Gemini is ruled by Mercury, planet of business and communications. The business is TPP and the communications is Zeppo NYT.

The weekly “news” cycle has a data dump of real news at the end of each week. (The earlier part of the week features “news” which is mostly inconsequential garbage.) By dumping the real news at the end of each week, the slate is wiped clean and the real news of Friday has become “old business” by Monday. And what does Holiday Mathis say today about the new moon in Gemini? “The new moon in Gemini is the gift of a clean slate,” she says.

The slate has been wiped clean and TPP, Round 2 begins.

TPP “fast track” legislation had symbolically failed in the House of Representatives on Friday, June 12th. The House did approve it, but a key provision of the bill went down to a resounding defeat. [2] The “key provision” which was resoundingly defeated was Trade Adjustment Assistance, known as TAA. This seemed to mean the “fast track” bill as amended would have to go back to the Senate, where its fate appeared doomed. Senator Jeff Sessions foresaw however “a vote for TAA next week.” President Barack Obama called on the House to reconsider the Trade Adjustment Assistance bill. [3]

There is another acronym involved in all this: the TPA. We have now the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership), the TAA (Trade Adjustment Assistance) and the TPA (Trade Promotion Authority). “Under TPA, no amendments would be allowed and the trade deal would be approved on a simple up-or-down vote.” [3]

The Wehrmacht and the Messerschmitts had been used in a blitzkrieg on June 12, 2015. They easily swept around the Maginot Line and seemed headed for Paris and the capture of TPP. But they were halted by resistance forces which included Nancy Pelosi. The new moon in Gemini and the Zeppo NYT (the Zeppo-lin) signal Unternehmen Wacht am Rhein (“Operation Watch on the Rhine”). It could be that the “Allies”, the popular opposition coming from both the “left” and the “right”, will be overcome by the new TPP surprise attack. Or this latest offensive may be halted by an heroic Battle of the Bulge. [4]

This must be all for now, as I am being strafed by the Messerschmitts. Signing off, this is your correspondent Ersjdamoo wishing courage to the Allies and defeat to Unternehmen Wacht am Rhein.

——- Sources ——-
[1] “House Republicans and White House Try to Revive Trade Bill Stalled by Democrats”, by Carl Hulse and Gardiner Harris. New York Times (online), June 15, 2015.
[2] “Congress stops Obamatrade”, by Garth Kant. World Net Daily, June 12, 2015.
[3] “Senator warns of another attempt to pass Obamatrade”, by Art Moore. World Net Daily, June 12, 2015.
[4] “Battle of the Bulge”, Wikipedia, June 16, 2015.


About ersjdamoo

Editor of Conspiracy Nation, later renamed Melchizedek Communique. Close associate of the late Sherman H. Skolnick. Jack of all trades, master of none. Sagittarius, with Sagittarius rising. I'm not a bum, I'm a philosopher.
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