On yesterday's Washington Journal, Rep Luke Messer (R-IN) was playing the role of surrogate defending TPA and TPP. There were two things in particular that he said which bothered me. The first was how he kept pooh-poohing opposition to the trade deal, saying, "I understand the temptation to draw up the drawbridges and lock in America," building a straw man and completely downplaying the real concerns his constituents have. The other was a false comment he made about the trade deficit, saying, "We have a trade surplus with those countries where he have agreements. We have a huge trade deficit with countries where we don't."http://www.c-span.org/video/?326481-3/washington-journal-representative-luke-messer-rin
I don't know if he is an idiot, or thinks we are, not that one is better than the other. The fact is that the bulk of our trade deficit is with China, Japan, Germany, Mexico, and Canada, with all of whom we have trade agreements. http://useconomy.about.com/od/tradepolicy/p/5_trade_deficit.htm
Seems to me that if you have to lie like that to push your agenda, the agenda is suspect, to say the least.
Or, maybe because he's a Republican he just can't help it.