WSJ Slams Rep. Bachmann: She's Reading 'Constitution for Dummies'

Image: WSJ Slams Rep. Bachmann: She's Reading 'Constitution for Dummies'

Tuesday, 19 Nov 2013 03:08 PM

By Dan Weil

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Michele Bachmann must be reading a dumbed-down version of the Constitution if she thinks President Barack Obama does not have the power to sign overseas trade treaties, The Wall Street Journal blasted on Tuesday.

The Minnesota congresswoman and North Carolina Rep. Walter Jones are leading GOP efforts to ensure that only Congress should regulate trade under the Constitution's Commerce Clause.

But they are misguided, the Journal says: "They must be reading 'The Constitution for Dummies.'

"The real Constitution clearly empowers the President to propose and negotiate agreements with foreign countries, which Congress can vote down. Trade promotion authority merely streamlines the process for passing an agreement through Congress."

The Journal said it is not just the GOP members who are wrong on trade. President Barack Obama has problems coming from his own party's members of Congress. More than 150 Democrats have signed on to a letter warning the president they will oppose giving the president authority to fast-track trade treaties.

Obama wants to offer trade agreements with countries in Europe and the Pacific Rim to Congress for a straight up-or-down vote, without alteration of their contents.

The newspaper calls Obama's attempts to get free trade "a rare pro-growth proposal" from the administration. And Congress should not be trying to impede him, the editorial says. "Countries aren't about to trade concessions with the U.S. if they think Congress can rewrite a deal."

It goes on to say, "Trade agreements are often difficult to pass, as local or regional interests pressure Congress. That's why a president has to lead by explaining the national interest."

But the Journal says the president has failed to do that.

"Mr. Obama has rarely mentioned trade in his speeches, and he hasn't reached out to House Republicans who will have to provide most of the free-trade votes," it says.

"Mr. Obama needs to build a bipartisan free-trade coalition, and one place to start would be to stop demonizing the House Republicans whose votes he's going to need."

Related Stories:


© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Russia Warns US against Further Sanctions as Ukraine Deal Stalls

Friday, 18 Apr 2014 20:23 PM

Russia said its military is massed on Ukraine's doorstep and warned against further US sanctions as a deal struck with W . . .

Sen. Corker: Time to Consider Sending Weapons to Ukraine

Friday, 18 Apr 2014 19:31 PM

It is time for the United States to provide lethal weapons for Ukraine's military, Sen. Bob Corker said Friday, and make . . .

Pope's Good Friday Message: 'Remember All the Abandoned People'

Friday, 18 Apr 2014 18:05 PM

The plight of immigrants, the poor, the sick, the elderly, unemployed and prisoners dominated Pope Francis' Good Friday  . . .

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved