HILLARY DOUBLES DOWN ON DEFENSIVE TRADE POLICY:

Red, white and blue balloons flooded the Wells Fargo Center following a speech in which Hillary Clinton simultaneously hit Donald Trump while presenting a vision for stabilizing the U.S. economy and middle class. [Adam Behsudi | July 29, 2016 |Politico] “If you believe that we should say no to unfair trade deals, that we should…

RYAN SAYS NO TPP VOTE THIS YEAR:

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday that because of a handful of problems with the pact that the Obama administration has yet to fix, he doesn’t expect a vote to come up this year. [Megan Cassella July 27, 2016 |Politico]  “I think the administration screwed up negotiating it,” Ryan said at a luncheon in Milwaukee, according to…

We Cannot Afford TPP and Loss of More Jobs

Michele Nash-Hoff Michele Nash-Hoff is president of Electro Fab Sales and chair of the California Chapter of the Coalition for a Prosperous America. [Michele Nash-Hoff| July 25, 2016 |San Diego Business Journal]  The proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership will cause the same economic havoc as the North American Free Trade Agreement. The boost to the San Diego…

Grassroots battling establishment on trade at conventions

These are interesting times. Sen. Ted Cruz refused to endorse Donald Trump in the GOP convention. Sen. Bernie Sanders did endorse Hillary Clinton but his supporters tanked Debbie Wasserman Schultz and protested speakers at the Democratic convention.  [Michael Stumo| July 27, 2016 |The Hill]  Trump has promoted a nationalist message of “America First” in trade and foreign relations, opposing or questioning the TPP,…

Dean Baker: Is the TPP Obama’s Vietnam?

The prospects for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are not looking very good right now. Both parties’ presidential candidates have come out against the deal. Donald Trump has placed it at the top of his list of bad trade deals that he wants to stop or reverse. Hillary Clinton had been a supporter as Secretary of…