Brent Budowksy: Obama continues to periodically lapse into ridicule and derision of liberals and labor, as he did during the recent trade debate.
The Trans Pacific Partnership or TPP is a set of agreements being worked on by hundreds of multinational corporations and trade associations. Many oppose the talks because they have been conducted in secret, behind closed doors because, many argue that they intend to void American laws that protect workers, jobs, health, and the environment. The articles below offer the progressive perspective of TPP.
Larry Wines: The furor over a piece of cloth in the form of a Confederate Battle Flag is the perfect diversion from institutionalizing secrecy that cripples American workers.
Michael Hertz: If you’ve kept up at all on the tortured legislative history of TPP, you understand that what has occurred shows how divided the country and both major parties have become.
TPP has been widely criticized for effectively granting extraordinary legal rights to corporations and investors that it does not extend to unions, public interest groups and individuals.
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Lauren Steiner: We must call out Karen Bass for supporting the President’s corporate deal at the expense of the best interests of her constituents. And we must ask her to do the right thing when the bill is re-introduced in the next few days.
John Peeler: The president would have been well advised to back off when it became clear that the Republicans could not carry the issue on their own. But getting good advice has been a problem for Obama, and his own instincts haven’t helped, either.
Robert Reich: Nike may be the perfect example of life under TPP, but that is not a future many Americans would choose.
RJ Eskow: There is more than a hint of cynicism in Obama’s attempts to characterize Warren, not just as a self-promoting “politician,” but as a law professor baffling the public with legalese.
Kevin Zeese: Sessions’ action flies in the face of the threats made by the US Trade Representative to prosecute elected officials who tell people what is in the trade agreement. Others should follow his example and get out the truth about the TPP.
Lauren Steiner: Organizations representing labor, the environment, human rights, the internet, immigrants and food safety will be holding a press conference and rally to ask Clinton to come out unequivocally in opposition to the fast tracking of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers: Escalation of protest against Fast Track for the TPP comes at a time when Congressional leadership admits it does not have the votes to pass fast track
Lisa Goldwag Kassner: TPP is being negotiated in secrecy among the U.S. and 11 other countries, representing roughly 40% of the global economy. As a trade agreement, TPP’s terms would be binding on all 12 countries, and TPP would override U.S. federal, state, and local laws.