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Story ID:10491
Written by:Frederick William Wickert (bio, link, contact, other stories)
Story type:Musings, Essays and Such
Location:Washington D.C. USA
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By Fred Wickert

The President is trying to pull another fast one. There is a bill being considered in Congress and surprisingly there is little opposition to it. There should be. It scares the daylights out of me for several reasons.

To begin with, nobody, not even members of Congress are being allowed to see what exactly is in the bill. For a President who promised the most transparent administration in history, he sure keeps a lot of secrets. This seems to be another one of those, "we have to pass it to find out what is in it,"type of bills, and we all know where that got us.

Then, thinking I suppose that he was protecting us from something bad with an agreement with Iran on Nukes, Republican Senator Bob Corcran pushed through a bill that did a 180 from the Constitution. The Constitution requires a treaty to be ratified by a two thirds vote in the Senate. The bill Senator Corcran got passed, Obama eagerly signed because it changes things from requiring a two thirds majority to a simple majority and stops filibustering. Once again proving there is no back bone or cajones in the Republican party.

The bill I am referring to right now is called the Fast Track Trade Bill. We know very little about it because Obama is hiding something in it that he don't want anybody to know until it is to late. It should be obvious to all by now that when Obama is trying to keep something secret, it does not bode well for the United States or the American People. Obama is spreading his propaganda that we should pass it because it will mean selling more American cars overseas. Don't bet on it.

Obama is a habitual liar and he cannot be trusted. One thing I do know for sure. If this bill is passed it will give Obama to much power. It will give him the power to block anything he does not want from coming in to the country. Things like guns and ammunition for example. He is using all kinds of subterfuge to take guns and ammunition away from the public while at the same time, heavily arming government agencies who never before were armed. Agencies for example, like the IRS, Department of Homeland Security, Postal Service, Bureau of Land Management and so on.

I believe this bill in the best interests of the country should be stopped. I sent an e-mail this afternoon to my Congressman, Chris Gibson to get him to vote NO on this bill. Here is a copy of my letter:

I am concerned that Republicans in Congress are not paying attention. The reason for their success in the last election was because people are fed up with Obama's policies and want no more of them. They have turned the Constitution upside down with the Corker Bill that changed the Senate voting on treaty approval. That was absolutely WRONG! Now it looks like they are going to give Obama what he wants on the Fast Track Trade Bill. You and every Republican in Congress, and any Democrat or Independent that gives a dam about our country MUST VOTE NO on that bill. It is just like the Obamacare Bill. Pelosi said you have to pass it to find out what is in it. Haven't you people learned better yet? They are not letting anybody know what is in it. Why all the secrecy? This is some more of Obama's so called most transparent in history crap. He is anything but. There is to much power to the President in this bill and anything so secret is suspect. I urge you and all Republicans in Congress to vote NO on the Fast Track Trade Bill. We as a nation will regret it if you don't.

I also want to say that you are all being to cooperative with Obama on his getting a deal with Iran. In the first place Obama will sell out the country to get any kind of a deal. Second, he will be selling out Israel, our greatest ally in the Middle East and perhaps the world.

I have been frustrated greatly with my party and have been seriously thinking of quitting the party and becoming an Independent because the Republicans have no spine and no balls at all. For Heavens sake, screw the PC crowd and the media and for once, do what you know is right.

Also the Republicans have got to stop the madness across the Mexican border. By doing nothing you are killing this country. Our freedom is not just creeping away, it is running away and why? Because lily livered politicians are so afraid somebody in the media might call them a racist or some such thing.

Another thing - Obama is rapidly working toward a national police force that answers only to him. I see all the signs are there and when he first took office he said he wanted to. He is doing it piece by piece and he is doing it without asking Congress for their approval. Hitler had his Gestapo. Obama is working on his own version. You guys had better wake up or all those years you and I served in uniform will have been for nothing.

I don't have any faith in you either. Once before I wrote to you and told you not to vote to fund Obama care. You wrote back and swore you never would. Then you did and sent me a letter telling me what a good deal it was. The only people it was a good deal for was Senator Mc Connel and his state. He made himself a sweet deal and the rest of you went along with it.


Frederick W. Wickert
TSgt USAF, Retired

I urge all of you to write to your Congressman and Senators to stop this bill. I have not yet written to my Senators because both are Democrats and Obama rubber stamps. I suppose I will anyway. I know Chuck Schumer is looking for votes to replace Harry Reed. It is unlikely he can be persuaded but maybe I will try. At least he will know there is some opposition.

Stand up for America before we are no longer America!

Please visit my website at:

This evening, May 18, 2015 I received the following reply from my Congressman:


19th District, New York

1708 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-5614

Congress of the United States, House of Representatives, Washington, DC 20515

Subcommittee on General Farm
Commodities and Risk Management

Subcommittee on Livestock
Rural Development and Credit


Subcommittee on Tactical Air and
Land Forces

Subcommittee on Intelligence,
Emerging Threats, and Capabilities

Subcommittee on Military Personnel

May 18, 2015

Mr. Frederick W. Wickert, JR

Dear Mr. Wickert,

Thank you for contacting me regarding international trade, including Trade Promotion Authority (also known as TPA or "fast track"). It is good to hear from you.

Trade negotiations and agreements have the potential to benefit our nation's economy. In our congressional district, over $2 billion in merchandise is exported, supporting thousands of small business jobs. Overall, according to the International Trade Administration, U.S. exports have risen approximately 10 percent since the signing into law of the recent comprehensive fair trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea at the end of 2011, which I supported. These fair trade agreements helped lower trade barriers for our exports and reduce economic unbalances with several trading partners. Foreign trade is particularly important for agriculture in upstate New York. As a country, we have seen an increase in several categories of exports since implementing these agreements. Having said that, each agreement needs to be carefully scrutinized to ensure we are getting a fair deal for U.S. firms and workers. The last three agreements Congress passed lowered tariffs for U.S. goods, supported our manufacturing base, and were extensively negotiated between two administrations with congressional input and oversight. While I believe trade agreements have the potential to significantly increase U.S. exports and fuel economic growth, any potential future agreements deserve very careful deliberation and consideration. American workers can compete anywhere in the world if given a fair shot. With trade, the details matter.

Currently, the Administration is negotiating several agreements. To complement their negotiating efforts, the President has request Trade Promotion Authority, also known as "fast-track" authority. This allows the President to present a completed trade agreement to Congress for an up or down vote. The agreement would not be subject to amendment by Congress. In November 2013, I led a letter to the President expressing my opposition to Trade Promotion Authority. I do not believe that the Administration has been transparent in their negations and I have outstanding concerns with specific provisions of the ongoing agreements. Therefore, I am opposed to granting the President this authority. To this end, I have helped to lead on several other official letters opposing the use of fast track.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a proposed regional trade agreement among the United States, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Japan and Vietnam. I have serious concerns with this ongoing agreement, as it stands now. While the Pacific region accounts for half of the world's population and contains many of its fastest growing economies, there are many contentious issues yet to be sorted out and we need the time and careful deliberation to do so. The TPP is an extremely unique and complex framework due to regional agreements already in place with some of the partners. It is also ambitious in scope. There are challenges and concerns specific to this region that need to be addressed. Most recently, joined by other representatives, I asked the Administration to include protections from foreign currency manipulation. I have also written the Administration on other issues impacting manufacturing and fairness for our dairy farmers. As the discussions move forward, I will certainly keep your thoughts in mind and remain engaged with the Administration. In the future, I will only support the agreement if it is a good agreement that benefits my constituents across different industries.

Finally, the Administration is also currently exploring a transatlantic trade and investment agreement. The Administration is hoping to reduce tariff barriers and work to harmonize regulatory regimes. I also plan to remain engaged in this process as well.

Thank you again for contacting me with your thoughts. Please don't hesitate to inform me of your concerns in the future through my website http://gibson.house.gov or over the phone at (202) 225-5614.

Chris Gibson
Member of Congress

You will note that he addressed only the trade bills and totally ignored the other things I addressed.

You will also notice that he never did answer my question directly. You have to keep trying anyway.

Fred Wickert