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It has to be secret, because otherwise the public would oppose it!

2013-06-20 21:05:56.409188+00 by Dan Lyke 1 comments

I've got a big ol' dose of NSA and FISA court outrage in tabs here, but we'll pause from that a moment to concentrate on other government malfeasance. Elizabeth Warren points out the obvious:

“I have heard the argument that transparency would undermine the Trade Representative’s policy to complete the trade agreement because public opposition would be significant,” Warren explained. “In other words, if people knew what was going on, they would stop it. This argument is exactly backwards. If transparency would lead to widespread public opposition to a trade agreement, then that trade agreement should not be the policy of the United States.”

Hell. Yes. And, alas, despite this observation, Michael Froman was confirmed by the Senate as the United States Trade Representative, with only 4 votes against.

More over at Esquire. Hat tip to Medley.

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#Comment Re: made: 2013-06-21 14:12:58.013498+00 by: meuon

You are under the delusion the United States is a Representative Democracy.