Would you sign a blank check, made out to a stranger?
~Of course you would not, and neither would I.
But-- would you sign a contract before you had read the whole thing, IF you had already been given $5 million dollars, to do so?
"Here's five million dollars, sign this insignificant little contract which absolutely will not affect you in any way."
Where's a pen, right??
Here's how the American public got the unpopular, "fast-track" TPP/TPA legislation foisted upon them:
Contributions to House members from forces favorable to "Obamatrade" outnumbered those from those opposed by a factor of 8.6 times, $197,869,145 to $23,065,231. The differences were even more stark in the Senate, with a total of $285,225,162 in financial incentives being meted out from supporting groups and only $27,569,149 from the opposition, over ten times as much.
There were 32 House members with over a million dollars in contributions and many who were just below that threshold. In the Senate, only five Senators were below the one million dollar mark, and two of those, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Mike Lee (R-UT) voted no, and against betrayal of their country.
The formula in the House seems fairly simple, at least as far as rewarding those in leadership positions: Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) got a cool $5 million and change, Mike McCarthy (R-CA) half that at $2.4 million, and Steve Scalise (R-LA) half again at $1.2 million. For Paul Ryan, the price of American sovereignty was $2.2 million.
In the Senate the picture is even uglier, and much more blatant. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) “acquired” $9.2 million, John Cornyn (R-TX) $5.3 million and Orrin Hatch $4.2, the third member of the Senate trio of traitors forcing this upon us.
Marco Rubio (R-FL) pocketed $3.9 million for voting to tie us to a bill he never read, with his fellow presidential candidate Lindsey Graham (R-SC) earning” $3.4 million.
Candidate Rand Paul (R-KY) voted against the package both times it came up in the Senate, but still gladly accepted $1.6 million in contributions.
Even Ted Cruz (R-TX), who first voted in favor of it but was eventually forced to recognize the will of the people in the interest of the survival of his campaign and cast a meaningless vote after the debate and outcome was determined. But sadly, even Ted Cruz deposited $3.78 million dollars.
Sources: For the House of Lobbist Reps: Maplight(dot)Org ,
For the slackjaw Senate: Maplight(dot)Org ,
go all the way down the pages to find the lobbyist' contributions for individual Congressman/Senator.