The problem with trade agreements

President Obama wrote an op-ed earlier this week in favor of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. It was published in the Washington Post.  The paper accepted and published, today, Michael Stumo’s letter in response. In his May 3 op-ed, “America, not China, should call the shots on trade,” President Obama made an eloquent case for the Trans-Pacific…

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Was I Vindicated About Donald Trump or What?

I’m obviously not about to endorse the guy (here’s where I said nice things about polar opposite Bernie Sanders) but please forgive me crowing for a minute about being vindicated (though I can’t claim to be always right) concerning Donald Trump’s seriousness and viability as a Republican candidate. [Ian Fletcher| May 5, 2016 |Huffington Post] In September 2015 — oh…

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U.S.-Korea trade deal resulted in growing trade deficits and more than 95,000 lost U.S. jobs

When the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) was passed just over four years ago, President Obama said that the agreement would support 70,000 U.S. jobs. This claim was supported by a White House fact sheet that claimed that the KORUS agreement would “increase exports of American goods by $10 to $11 billion…” and that they would “support 70,000…

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Obama and the true nature of the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Republican front-runner Donald Trump‘s warning against the “false song of globalism” strikes a sharply different note than President Obama did in his recent performance in London. [Curtis Ellis| May 2, 2016 |The Hill] Obama has provided further evidence that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) more closely resembles a scheme for international governance like the European Union rather…

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The TTIP and TPP trade deals: enough of the secrecy

It’s amazing how just a little transparency forced onto the free trade deals the Obama administration been negotiating in secret totally turns the public against them. [Trevor Timm| May 4, 2016 |The Guardian] After the contents of the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the US and the European Union was leaked and published by Greenpeace a…

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Top Five Reasons Obama is Wrong on TPP

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 4, 2016 Contact: Paola Masman, Media Director 202-688-5145 ext 2, [email protected] President Barack Obama penned a Washington Post op-ed yesterday outlining a flimsy case for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal. The TPP is currently on life support due to a voter revolt against trade and global governance deals.  Presidents Clinton and Bush also pushed…

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