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GOP turns to Tea Party to win trade powers for Obama
The Hill

House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and GOP leaders have turned to some unlikely allies to rally support for a key trade bill: Tea-Party conservatives, including some prominent names from the raucous House Freedom Caucus.

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) recently tapped Rep. Tom McClintock to give the weekly GOP address, in which the conservative Californian declared: “Trade means prosperity.”

At the monthly “Conversations with Conservatives” event, Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kansas) informed his colleagues he’s an unequivocal “yes” on granting President Obama so-called “fast-track” trade powers. And both McClintock and Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) huddled with reporters in a leadership office last week to talk up the virtues of legislation to help pass Obama’s trade agenda.

“I think it promotes markets, promotes less government,” said Huelskamp, whose central and western Kansas district is rich in agriculture. “I certainly represent an area that is willing and able to trade around the world.

Dans le passé, on a souvent accusé le Tea Party de s’opposer systématiquement à toutes les mesures du président Obama parce que le Tea Party avait un fond raciste… Or, on réalise aujourd’hui que c’est complètement faux. Obama négocie actuellement un accord de libre-échange avec l’Asie et c’est grâce à l’Aide du Tea Party que cet accord sera adopté.

Quand Obama fait la promotion de mesures qui favorisent le libre-marché, le Tea Party dit oui. On peut maintenant se demander si les médias et les démocrates qui s’opposent à cet accord sont… racistes!