Re: "Washingtonians need Pacific free trade agreement" (editorial, 5-5).
Why not support the Trans-Pacific Partnership? Because TPP would enable corporations to sue our government in foreign tribunals with foreign corporate lawyers as judges and jury. They could demand compensation for loss of "expected future profits," such as from regulations to protect the environment, promote workers welfare, enhance safety or deter climate change.
If you would like to have climate change, could care less about the environment and workers' welfare and don't mind exposure to toxic chemicals and pesticides, then support TPP.
Free trade deals like NAFTA , CAFTA and TPP as proposed take the most important part of our economy, manufacturing, and send it overseas. Manufacturing now makes up only about 12 percent of our gross domestic product compared with about 30 percent before NAFTA. Without strong manufacturing the middle class will wither and die. That's what is happening.
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Nearly 5 million manufacturing jobs have been lost since NAFTA and subsequent trade agreements. TPP would send still more jobs overseas. The beneficiaries of TPP would be mega-corporations. It is for them, and only for them, that TPP is being considered.
Why negotiate TPP in secret? Because if the public really knew what was being considered, the uproar would prevent passage, for sure.