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Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Trans-Pacific Partnership

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, known as the TPP, is a significant trade treaty with 11 (was 12) Pacific Rim nations that has been designed to create a free trade zone in the Asia-Pacific region. I have no problem with treaties and trade, except that President Obama has made the details of TPP secret. And he wants Congress to pass a classified trade deal before we can know what's in it. 

Where have I heard that before?

The TPP is not COMPLETELY secret since lobbyists and Wall Street executives have helped craft the legislation. It's only secret from the American people.

I thought that Obama promised a transparent presidency?? It's very difficult for Congress to debate a secret trade deal and it's impossible for constituents to approach their elected representatives on an issue that they are not allowed to know about. The impact on businesses that will be effected by this legislation can't be judged (except by the privileged few who crafted it) because it's secret.

10 comments:

  1. So. Yet again, Obama wins a transparency prize. What is it they say about Satan? The Father of Lies.

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    1. If the Senate approves the treaty, I'm sure that he will let them know what's in it -- after the fact. They shoved it to us after Obamacare. That's the pattern.

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  2. Everything he says, everything he does, proves him to be a wonk.

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    1. Wonk is the only thing that he does well.

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  3. Wrote my Senators asking for no secrecy as well as my Congresscritter. One Senator votes 99% as Obama tells him. The other two critters see increased Colorado ag exports and cheap Central American labor without all those pesky immigration rules. Of course their responses to me were the standard mealy mouth politician crap. Yeah, they are probably going to give the Lightbringer a blank check.

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    1. Both of my blue-state-senators are pawns of the progressive agenda and will vote for whatever the Democratic Party caucus supports. Lemmings.

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  4. There does seem to be an abundance of transparency were it will do us the most harm.

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    1. A secret trade deal makes absolutely no sense.

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  5. Transparency my ass... The ONLY thing transparent is the lack of trust of the American people and the military...

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  6. Transparency my ass... The ONLY thing transparent is the lack of trust of the American people and the military...

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