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Obama’s TPP Betrayal

Posted by Charles II on June 4, 2015

Michael Wessel, Politico:

“You need to tell me what’s wrong with this trade agreement, not one that was passed 25 years ago,” a frustrated President Barack Obama recently complained about criticisms of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). He’s right. The public criticisms of the TPP have been vague. That’s by design—anyone who has read the text of the agreement could be jailed for disclosing its contents. I’ve actually read the TPP text provided to the government’s own advisors, and I’ve given the president an earful about how this trade deal will damage this nation. But I can’t share my criticisms with you.

I can tell you that Elizabeth Warren is right about her criticism of the trade deal. We should be very concerned about what’s hidden in this trade deal—and particularly how the Obama administration is keeping information secret even from those of us who are supposed to provide advice.

Via Avedon.

4 Responses to “Obama’s TPP Betrayal”

  1. The TPP is probably actually the least important of three different trade deals currently being worked out: http://www.newrepublic.com/article/121967/whats-really-going-trade-services-agreement

    As for the reasons given for the deals — namely, the fear of China becoming the next hyperpower, displacing the US — this recent WaPo article ought to make people rethink that fear (or wonder why multinationals operating in China and elsewhere are pushing that fear): http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/for-american-pundits-china-isnt-a-country-its-a-fantasyland/2015/05/29/24ba60e0-0431-11e5-a428-c984eb077d4e_story.html

    The solution: Global unions. This has been known since the 1970s if not earlier. Yet American union leaders wouldn’t listen.

    • William said

      Interesting article. How we view China truly is a misinformed/uninformed fantasy, a fantasy that is constantly being portrayed in the media as some sort of terrifyingly gigantic, albeit nebulous, monster. Since 9/11, America suffers under an emerging ethos; that of a population cowering in terror, trembling in the grip of our daily dose of sensationalized fear mongering. We are afraid of so many things now, with China being one of the most frightening. Of course, this is no accident of circumstance. Keeping a large population terrified makes them/us much easier to control. There is a profit to be made. However, this is not a durable scheme. In fact, it is stunningly short-sighted. What this article reveals is that we are not the only one’s playing this dangerous game. As more of the world comes online, and becomes connected, I have to believe that the time for the sort of nonsense going on within the halls of power globally is near an end. I like your solution, btw. And I see it happening, sooner rather than later.

    • Charles II said

      Anecdotal evidence is always deceptive, and therefore used by those who want to manipulate perception for that purpose.

      China has plenty of problems. And if it doesn’t solve its problem of corruption, then nothing will come of the terrible sacrifices made by the Chinese people.

      But the same can be said for the US. The US is wasting enormous amounts of money on wars that we are fighting in order to keep the money flowing to defense contractors. We waste a disproportionate amount of money repressing the population, though prisons, the oppression of immigrants, and so on. Our elites have come to believe that they owe the country nothing, and that they can simply extract from it what they please.

      Rather than looking at China as a threat because it is rising faster than we are, we should look at ourselves as a threat because we are declining faster than they are.

      What can’t be argued is that over 20 years, China has gone from having an economy a fraction the size of ours to the world’s largest economy. It has gone from a country that could not militarily challenge us to one that is doing so. It has gone from a country that was largely a pariah in world affairs to one that is re-forming the non-aligned nations to its advantage. It has gone from a country whose nationals were the workforce in other nations to a country whose nationals are the investor class in Africa and Latin America.

      The TPP is not going to help us. What will help us is when our elites realize they have something to lose, and are losing it.

  2. From Down with Tyranny:

    Malaysia’s membership in the circle of TPP nations is not vital because Malaysia — it’s vital because of the Malacca Straits, through which virtually all the shipping in that part of the world passes. It’s a bottleneck, a chokepoint, and if Malaysia is “driven into the arms of China” then China can close those Straits to shipping how, when, and as they please.

    Which would neuter the US Navy in that part of the world, reducing them to observer status. When people at the Pentagon talk about America’s role as the world’s policeman, they are talking about the Navy’s ability to project overwhelming force wherever and whenever needed. The three little chokepoints world trade and shipping depend on are the Strait of Hormuz, the Straits of Malacca, and the Panama Canal. Taking one of those and giving control of it to China and Friends — or to anyone but the US Navy — puts the world’s policeman in a clown suit. – See more at: http://downwithtyranny.blogspot.com/2015/05/why-is-malaysia-so-important-to-tpp.html#sthash.UzFSj3us.dpuf

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