You may have caught wind about a bizarre firefight going on
between Obama and some prominent Democrats, most notably Elizabeth Warren, over
some trade agreements with catchy acronyms like TPP, TIPP, and TAFTA.
This is been a train wreck waiting to happen
for a couple years; until now I haven’t paid much attention because the very
thought of trade agreements tends to make me drowzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…
OK, I’m back.
There are troubling
things aplenty with these agreements, one being the process of how they came
These agreements have been
negotiated for several years in secrecy among various countries’ “trade
representatives” who typically are “advised” by “industry leaders”.
Absolutely no transparency.
government and corporations.
last several years virtually everything we’ve learned about these agreements
have been via leaks.
corporations have had access and input, we regular folk have not, labor unions
have not, economic and legal scholars have not, environmental agencies have
not, human rights agencies have not.
the big secret?
Remarkably, the official
word is that if people found out what was in these agreements, they’d never be
Which lead Senator Warren to
observe a couple of years ago “[i]f transparency would lead to widespread public
opposition to a trade agreement, then that trade agreement should not be the
policy of the United States.” Can I get a “duh”?