In the 1990s we were told that NAFTA would create American jobs. It did not and instead helped create the immigration problems we have today.
A decade ago, we were sold the same bill of goods for CAFTA, yet America does not seem the better because of it.
Now, our congressional representatives are going to decide if the much larger Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will help trade, create jobs, and protect American businesses and intellectual property. But why should we believe another trade agreement, born of the same process and possessing much of the same blueprint of the previous two, will be any different?
My livelihood, as a longshoreman at the Port of Tacoma, is dependent on trade, but there is enough questionable material in the TPP to make me question it and believe we can do better without jeopardizing American sovereignty to the corporations.
Standing up to President Obama and Wall Street is asking a lot. But if Congressmen Derek Kilmer, Adam Smith and Denny Heck have the best interest of American workers, the environment and our communities in mind, they should vote no on TPP and send the trade representatives back to the drawing board.