The Washington Post reports that, “House Democrats from the nation’s manufacturing heartland are vowing to fight President Obama’s push for a major trade deal in the Asia Pacific, saying the pact will harm U.S. jobs and charging that the administration has not been transparent with Congress in its negotiations.
“The administration refuses to change its approach to secret negotiations and is pushing to send a final package to Congress with almost no ability for us to scrutinize it,” Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) said Monday on a conference call with reporters. “Enough is enough: no more offshoring, no more NAFTA-style trade deals.”
Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) said that unless the administration made significant changes to the proposed deal, including new protections on currency manipulation, Democrats would “fight the administration tooth and nail on this.”
The opposition from Obama’s own party, and a significant portion of his liberal base, has presented a conundrum for the White House as it pursues the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which is the economic centerpiece of the administration’s strategy to re-balance U.S. attention and resources to Asia. Negotiators from the 12 countries are in Washington this week for another round of talks in hopes of making progress toward an agreement in principle this coming spring.
White House advisers said they believe there could be more support for the trade pact in the new Congress because Republicans, who will take control of the Senate, are generally more supportive of free trade agreements. Last week, Obama touted the pact during an appearance with business leaders in Washington, calling on opponents not to “fight the last war” against previous trade pacts such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). He said those who oppose the deal are in favor of maintaining the “status quo,” a remark that angered labor unions and some Democrats.
The administration has said the proposed pact, which would encompass nations representing 30 percent of the world’s gross domestic product, would increase U.S. exports by lowering tariffs, while also imposing higher labor and environmental standards on other nations. But opponents said they fear that the deal will lead to more outsourcing of U.S. manufacturing and agricultural jobs.”
Notice the president plans to team up with Republicans to fight to redistribute the income of the 99 to the 1 percent in yet another of these so-called trade scams. Wall Street has guided this president since day one.
The secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership will grant investors of the 0.01 percent special privileges to challenge labeling and health and safety local laws and regulations of the 99 percent; which will effectively eliminate your votes on local and state levels for and against such things (which most people call voter suppression, but in this case it should be called voter elimination), outsource millions of jobs, offer new monopolies for Big Pharma to raise medicine prices they charge you (which redistributes income from the 99 to the 1 percent), limit food safety standards (which redistributes and transforms your health into the profits of the 1 percent), and block financial regulations aimed at preventing the next financial crisis (which will make it easier for Wall Street to redistribute your income and wealth to the 1 percent). It will also kill the remainder of the US textile industry, destroy millions of jobs in Latin America, drive millions of undocumented immigrants into the United States, and depress wages in both North and South America, all to the benefit of the 1 percent, and all at the expense of the 99 percent. And we can’t forgot that it will increase the already massive US trade deficit with other nations, which is supposed to be a bad thing. In other words, this scam is the largest income redistribution treaty of all time from the 99 to the 1 percent. Wyden is not the stupid little boy he pretends he is in public forums, for knows all of this. McConnell knows it, too. Hatch knows it. Obama knows it. All we have to do to stop this mammoth income redistribution scam from moving forward is to stop Fast Track.
Nice scam, isn’t it? Your Democratic president is for this! Your Wall Street Democratic Senators such as Ron Wyden are all for this plot! The vast majority of the Republican Party is for this garbage. Your government and both major political parties are corrupt to the marrow!