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Sat Feb 7, 2015, 11:23 AM

David Sirota: The Trans-Pacific Partnership Is a Huge Deal. So Why Is It Being Kept Secret?


from In These Times:


The Trans-Pacific Partnership Is a Huge Deal. So Why Is It Being Kept Secret?
President Barack Obama’s administration has come under criticism due to its unwillingness to release the full text of the prospective TPP agreement between the United States and 11 Asian nations.

BY DAVID SIROTA


The trade rules of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership between the United States and 11 Asian nations would cover nearly 40 percent of the world economy—but don't ask what they are. Access to the text of the proposed deal is highly restricted.

Nevertheless, at last month’s World Economic Forum in Switzerland, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman defended the Obama administration from intensifying criticism of its refusal to release the full text of the proposed trade pact.

“We can always do better on transparency,” he said, but added that “there is no area of policy where there is closer collaboration between the executive and Congress than trade policy.”

.....(snip).....

Yet the actual text of the agreement remains under lock and key. That represents a significant break from the Bush administration, which in 2001 published the text of a proposed multinational trade agreement with Latin American nations.

“It is incomprehensible to me that leaders of major corporate interests who stand to gain enormous financial benefits from this agreement are actively involved in the writing of the TPP, while at the same time, the elected officials of this country, representing the American people, have little or no knowledge of what’s in it,” wrote U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in a letter to Froman last month.

.....(snip).....

Perhaps because when citizens learn the details of such trade agreements, they don’t like them—and they end up putting pressure on their leaders to back off. ...................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://inthesetimes.com/article/17608/tpp_negotiations



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Reply David Sirota: The Trans-Pacific Partnership Is a Huge Deal. So Why Is It Being Kept Secret? (Original post)
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Sat Feb 7, 2015, 11:28 AM

1. Because it is bad, is the only reason I can think of.

 

Oh, bad for people, not bad for corporations and the politicians that they own. To be clear.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Sat Feb 7, 2015, 11:47 AM

2. I have a nit to pick ...

Australia is not an Asian nation.

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Sat Feb 7, 2015, 01:32 PM

3. Because it's not finished. Until then, folks - including Congress - would

just impede the process. Heck, it would take 100 years to decide what font to print it in. I have faith that Obama will not endorse a bad agreement, nor will he get fast-track. Folks said he'd gut social security, push pipeline, work against net neutrality, etc. He didnt, yet folks still bash him.

If the final draft is not good for us, it won't be good for other big countries. In that case, it won't be approved by the various governments.

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