The Communications Workers of America and the Teamsters union are both actively campaigning against TPP and Obama’s fast-track authority. Last week the unions released a statement condemning the president’s flip-flop by citing what Obama said when he was campaigning to be president.
In a April 2008 questionnaire provided by the Pennsylvania Fair Trade Coalition, Obama was asked if he supports extending presidential fast-track trade promotion authority, or whether he would support a “new process” that includes congressional approval, consent from the states and binding obligations that must be included in future free-trade agreements.
This is what Obama said at the time:
“I will not support extension of the existing fast track process that expired. I have not and would not support renewing trade promotion authority for this president [George W. Bush]. The current fast track process does not mandate that agreements include binding labor and environmental protections nor does it give an adequate role to Congress in the selection and design of agreements. I will work with congressional leaders to ensure that any new TPA authority fix these basic failings and open up the process to the American people for their participation and scrutiny.”
It should be pointed out that this was hardly the first time Obama lied to working people during his first campaign for the presidency, while engineering backroom deals with members of the 1 percent and Wall Street to screw working people. The Trans Pacific Partnership and Fast Track Authority are just the latest of his lies.
It should also be pointed out that every one of these so-called free trade treaties has resulted in a massive trade deficit, which is bad for the nation.