- As Obama’s team works privately to line up support for so-called trade promotion authority, coalition of Democratic lawmakers & activists from organized labor, environmental, religious & civil rights groups stepping up efforts to stop him. Fast track another insult to workers.
- Part 1: Fast Track Is Not A Done Deal, The People Will Stop It
- Part 2: The Trans-Pacific Partnership won't deliver jobs or curb China's power
Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest
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Part 1: Fast Track Is Not A Done Deal, The People Will Stop It
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, Popular Resistance
Protest outside the office of the US Trade Representative in December 2014 calling for releasing the text of trade agreements and opposing Fast Track
January 18th, 2015 | The corporate media is reporting that since the Republican leadership and President Obama support Fast Track trade authority, it is a done deal. And that message, also heard by countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), is driving the race to finalize that agreement.
The truth is: Fast Track is not a done deal. There is bi-partisan opposition in Congress and a large movement of movements organized to stop it.
Across the political spectrum there is mass opposition to fast tracking the secretly negotiated TPP, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP, aka TAFTA) and the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA). People remember the impact of NAFTA on job loss, destruction of Mexican agriculture, expansion of inequality, environmental degradation and increased immigration. The most recent South Korean trade pact, which Obama touts as a success, is leading to similar results of lost jobs and an expanding US trade deficits.
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers are participants in Popular Resistance, an online daily news and information service for people who want to play a role in improving the country, creating economic and social justice as well as to protect the environment. They also co-direct It’s Our Economy and are co-hosts of Clearing the FOG, shown on UStream TV and heard on radio.
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Part 2: The Trans-Pacific Partnership won't deliver jobs or curb China's power
Former Reagan admin official Clyde Prestowitz slams TPP in Los Angeles Times OpEd.
Clyde Prestowitz, Los Angeles (CA) Times
January 22, 2015 | As counselor to the secretary of Commerce in the Reagan administration, I was involved in a number of trade negotiations, including the so-called MOSS (market-oriented sector-selective) talks. Some veteran negotiators waggishly renamed those negotiations — to paraphrase in family friendly terms — “more of the same old stuff.” And that's what President Obama called for in his State of the Union proposal for completion and adoption of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade agreement, or TPP, for the Asia-Pacific region.
The president, unfortunately, doesn't know much about the history of U.S. trade deals, but his proposals are being touted by many who do and who should know better about this one.
Clyde Prestowitz is president of the Economic Strategy Institute and the author most recently of "The Betrayal of American Prosperity." He served in the Reagan administration and was vice chairman of President Clinton's Commission on Trade and Investment in the Asia-Pacific Region.
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