Robert Reich: In a society of widening inequality, the winners are often wealthier than the losers, so even if they fully compensate the losers, as the winners gain more ground, the losers may feel even worse off.
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.
Richard Eskow: In the 1960s, people assumed that increases in our national wealth would always be shared by everyone. Today we assume those gains will only go to the powerful few, because that’s what has happened in recent decades.
Robert Reich: Millions who called themselves conservatives and Tea Partiers joined with millions who called themselves liberals and progressives against a political establishment that had shown itself incapable of hearing what they had been demanding for years.
Robert Reich: By making it easier for American corporations to make things abroad, the deals have reduced the bargaining power of American workers to get better wages here.
R.J. Eskow: new study confirms what many activists have suspected for a long time: The private courts set up by international “trade” deals heavily favor billionaires and giant corporations, and they do so at the expense of governments and people. Trade Courts
Brent Budowksy: Obama continues to periodically lapse into ridicule and derision of liberals and labor, as he did during the recent trade debate.
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.
“Sentence First, Verdict Afterwards” `Let the jury consider their verdict,’ the King said, for about the twentieth time that day. `No, no!’ said the Queen. `Sentence first–verdict afterwards.’ `Stuff and nonsense!’ said Alice loudly. `The idea of having the sentence first!’ `Hold your tongue!’ said the Queen, turning purple. `I won’t!’ said Alice. `Off with […]
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.