The Trans Pacific Partnership: Another disaster from a proven liar

With Barack Obama's track record of lying and incompetence, why would any American trust him? Photo: AP Images

WASHINGTON.  November 11, 2013 — One thing we can say about Barack Obama is that he is a proven liar. He lied when he told Americans we could keep our health insurance if we liked it.

Now he wants us to trust him on something else.


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For the last several years, the Obama Administration has been negotiating something called the Trans Pacific Partnership. The Trans Pacific Partnership is a free trade agreement on steroids. 

In 1992, then-Presidential candidate Ross Perot coined the expression, “Giant sucking sound” to describe the exodus of jobs from America into Mexico if the North American Free Trade Agreement was passed.

NAFTA was passed and America’s industrial base was decimated. Since NAFTA, several other free trade agreements have been passed. The results are always the same: The other nations get the benefit and America loses.

The most recent free trade agreement that was passed was the Korea Free Trade Agreement. After that took effect, America’s trade balance with South Korea went from a surplus to a deficit. 


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One of the most disturbing parts of this proposed Trans Pacific treaty is the secrecy in which it is being negotiated. The only real news Americans or for that matter Members of Congress can get, is from leaks. 

Barack Obama is asking for fast track authority for the Trans Pacific Partnership. Consider that to be another version of “you have to pass this to see what is in it.”  With fast track authority, there will be no hearings on this treaty. It will be negotiated then sent to the Senate for a simple up or down vote. The Senate will not be able to provide advice and consent because they cannot offer amendments under fast track.

Less than one fifth of the Trans Pacific Partnership deals with trade. The remainder of the treaty governs a myriad of things, including regulating the price of medicines. A few months ago, a mix of conservative and liberal groups stopped the “Stop Online Piracy Act” or SOPA. Most of the provisions of SOPA are included in the Trans Pacific Partnership.

Under the proposals of the TPP, American sovereignty would be eroded. American courts would be inferior to foreign trade courts and disputes between American citizens and foreign corporations would not be litigated in American courts but in these trade tribunals. 


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If you think unemployment is bad now, just wait. According to leaks from the Trans Pacific Partnership, the treaty will provide incentives for American companies to relocate overseas.

With ninety million Americans out of the work force and work force participation at it’s lowest since those statistics have been kept, incentives to send American employment overseas is shocking.

There are too many questions to be asked about this proposed treaty but perhaps the best question to ask is, if this treaty is so good for America, why is it being negotiated in secret?

According to Lori Wallach of Public Citizen in an op-ed in the New York Times, Ron Kirk, the former trade representative who was negotiating the treaty, said that if the treaty details were made public, the treaty would probably never pass.

If this is true, then this treaty should never be signed, much less ratified.

The biggest chance to kill this really bad idea is by denying Barack Obama fast track authority.

With Obama’s track record of lying to America, can we really trust him with this kind of trade agreement?

 

 


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Judson Phillips is the founder of Tea Party Nation, one of the largest Tea Party Groups in the country and the number one national tea party site on the Internet.

A lawyer by profession, Judson has been involved in politics since his teens. “Ronald Reagan inspired me,” he says.

Judson became involved in the Tea Party movement in February 2009 after hearing Rick Santelli’s rant on CNBC.   “I heard there was going to be a Tea Party in Chicago inspired by Santelli, but didn’t know if anyone was doing a rally in Nashville where I was based.  Finally I emailed Michelle Malkin and asked her if there was a Tea Party in Nashville.  Malkin sent an email back saying, ‘No, why don’t you organize one?’  I did.”

The first Tea Party in Nashville was held late February 2009 which drew a crowd of about 600. Judson then organized the Tax Day Tea Party in Nashville, which drew over 10,000 people into downtown.   It was at this time that Tea Party Nation was formed.  Later that year, Judson decided to bring activists from across the country together, so he organized the first National Tea Party Convention in February 2010, which featured Alaska’s former Governor and Republican Vice Presidential Nominee, Sarah Palin as it’s keynote speaker.

He currently manages the Tea Party Nation website, writes several daily columns and is working on more projects than any one person should.  He is a frequent guest on cable and broadcast news shows, including on Fox, MSNBC, CNN and others.

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